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VersionOne surveys Agile development for 2015


Benefits of Agile

Source:  VersionOne
Designer: Christopher Seero/TechTarget

The top three benefits of Agile -- managing changing priorities, increased team productivity and improved project visibility -- haven't changed in the last four years. Agile provides lots of other benefits as well, according to VersionOne's 2015 survey respondents, including enhanced software quality, faster time to market, reduced project risk, improved business/IT alignment and engineering discipline, enhanced software maintainability, and better management of distributed teams.

What didn't change while using Agile? Team morale and motivation didn't change for 6% of respondents, and software maintainability wasn't enhanced for 9% of people, while 12% felt Agile didn't make them better able to manage distributed teams. Apparently, distributed team management is an area that's quite tricky to gauge -- 27% of those surveyed said they really didn't know if Agile did or didn't make it easier to keep track of distributed teams.

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What do you see as the benefits of Agile?
I love the move away from tedious processes and documentation policies, to conversations and collaboration. It allows our team to move so much more quickly and work more efficiently. 
What makes me most curious is 'Increased team productivity'... that's such a subjective thing,  which makes me wonder if the perceived increase in productivity is real, or just an illusion.
I believe that the focus on people and collaboration, as well as responding to change, are what makes Agile so effective. I also believe that collaborative, cooperative teams can be very successful without necessarily following strict Agile.