Source: VersionOne, 9th Annual State of Agile Survey. 3,925 completed responses from individuals at software/IT, financial and professional services
companies in North America and Europe, surveyed between July and October 2014.
44% of respondents cited
organizational resistance to change
as the biggest barrier to adoption.
35% Not enough
personnel with agile experience
framework in place
29% Lack of
24% Management concern
about lack of up-front planning
DEFINITIONS OF SUCCESS
REASONS FOR FAILURE OBSTACLES TO CHANGE
How do organizations measure agile’s effectiveness? One way above all: timeliness.
measure success based
on the project’s
Despite their myriad benefits, agile approaches aren’t infal-
lible—especially when they’re new to organizations. The top
reasons for project failure cited by respondents were:
Project teams run into a variety of difficulties trying to
adopt agile approaches.
44% Lack of experience with agile methods
42% Company philosophy or culture at
odds with core agile values
38% Lack of management support
37% External pressure to follow traditional
36% Lack of support for cultural transition