Scaling Agile Report 2017” surveys professionals interested in Agile practices to see how companies view the importance of scaling their Agile development methods and practices across their company in order to achieve business agility.
The nationwide survey was conducted from January-June 2017 by email using a digital survey platform. The survey was conducted to more than 5,000 individuals with a professed interest in Agile practices with the goal being to get better insight into how companies look at scaling their Agile development methods and practices across the enterprise. Respondents were asked to comment on their Agile framework and tools, the outcomes they seek from Scaling Agile as well as outcomes they have achieved, what they consider to be the obstacles to Scaling Agile at their organization, the pace of their progress, and their intentions about integrating DevOps with their Agile practice. It found:
On a checklist of steps to making Scaling Agile a success, more than 80% of respondents give top priority to “executive sponsorship” and “willingness by your existing culture,” while 66 percent say an “internal Agile support team” is also critically important.
- 60% of respondents say flexibility is crucial in a Scaling Agile framework.
- 82% of respondents began their Scaling Agile journey within the past 3 years, and the top 4 outcomes they report are Enterprise visibility, Enterprise planning, Enterprise alignment, Enterprise agility
- 66% of respondents said that “company culture” was a roadblock impacting their ability to scale Agile
- 68% of respondents answered “important” or “very important” to the question “How important do you rank DevOps for being able to effectively scale your operations?”
Kreisler Ng, Agile Practice Lead at cPrime, says that companies who incorporate an Agile Scaling Framework will see the benefit at the team level in a shorter time, and will scale out of the team level and vertically and horizontally across the company to survive as a company.
Ken France, CEO of Blue Agility says, “People can be successful with different tools, but if they have a poor process or don’t evolve their culture, the tool choice won’t matter.”
“Most companies start doing Agile in a little corner of the business and it slowly spreads out from there. A few years down the road they can find themselves in a fragmented organization with a variety of practices that simply don’t work with each other.” says Brandon Cipes, VP of DevOps.
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