We asked 'What's the State of Agile in 2012?' – the trends, the successes,
lessons learned – and 4,048 software professionals responded.
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Future plans to implement agile grew from 59% in 2011 -> 83% in 2012. Nearly half said their organization has 5+ agile teams (48%), compared to only 33% in 2011.
The top 3 benefits obtained include: the ability to manage changing priorities (90%), productivity (85%) & project visibility (84%).
When agile projects have failed, in 2/3 of these cases it was because of either failure to integrate the right people or to teach a team-based culture. Top success factors when scaling agile: (1) Executive sponsorship – 23%, (2) Training/workshops – 18%, (3) Implementation of a common tool – 13%.
On average, respondents used 3-4 different tools, with some using as many as 15. Based on user recommendations, VersionOne was rated #1 out of 20 commonly used agile tools.