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VersionOne surveys Agile development for 2015


The Agile process works when...

Source:  VersionOne
Designer: Christopher Seero/TechTarget

If Agile process is done right, it's successful. The challenge, though, is defining success, because the word means different things to different people -- particularly in the Agile space. So, what was the No. 1 marker of Agile success? It's that products are delivered on time, according to 58% of VersionOne survey respondents, who were allowed to pick more than one success factor. Product quality came in at 48%, customer/user satisfaction and business value tied at 44% each, and 39% said the product scope. Other ways to gauge success that were not in the top five included project visibility (30%), productivity (29%), predictability (25%) and process improvement (23%). Disturbingly, 11% had no idea how to measure success, which might mean they're not really following the Agile process the right way, or perhaps their Agile efforts are so widespread that they have no need to measure their results.

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How do you measure Agile process success?
The bottom line is that we consider our project successful if our customers are happy. In my case, my team's customers are internal to the company. We're lucky to have great people to work with, and we try to keep them happy.
I think those are good measures of a successful agile project.
Those markers more or less reflect the perception of "success" at my company. Of course, these things are usually anything but black and white - things like a delivery date and product scope are often being constantly negotiated right up until the last minute. Also, not very many people like to be associated with a project that's considered a failure, so I sometimes see a tendency to call a project a success even when the delivered product is very different from the original plan.