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VersionOne surveys Agile development for 2015

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Why Agile projects fail

Source:  VersionOne
Designer: Christopher Seero/TechTarget

Failed Agile project? It's probably not your fault. (And if that isn't good news, we don't know what is.) Agile projects fail for a wide variety of reasons, from inadequate training to lack of experience, to team members who simply don't "do" Agile. VersionOne survey respondents cited a whole host of reasons Agile projects fail that point squarely to corporate culture including:

  • 42% said their company's culture or core values were at odds with Agile philosophies;
  • 38% called out lack of management support;
  • 37% felt pressure to use more traditional waterfall techniques;
  • 36% reported an absence of support for cultural transition; and
  • 33% referred to vague organizational or communication issue.

In other words, if the company culture, philosophy and managers aren't behind Agile, it can be a difficult effort to pull off. Of course, there were other reasons Agile projects fail, including not enough training (30%) and just a general lack of experience with Agile (44%).

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These numbers fill about right.  Most of the issues I've seen with teams often trace to one of these.
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