In February 2015, Scrum Alliance® surveyed almost 5,000 people about their use of Scrum. The survey respondents make up a diverse group, representing 108 countries and more than 14 industries. They reflect a range of functional areas, including IT software development, product development, operations, human resources, executives, and sales and marketing. Most have a technology slant, with 44% working in software development and 33% in IT. And they’re an Agile-savvy group, involved in an average of 4 Agile projects in the last 12 months.
I. WHO IS PRACTICING SCRUM?
• Scrum practices are currently in place among 82% of respondents, and another 11% are piloting Scrum.
• IT and software development professionals continue to be the primary users of Scrum, followed by product development and operations professionals.
II. WHY ARE THEY PRACTICING SCRUM?
•Nearly half the respondents (49%) cite fulfilling customer needs as the highest business priority for Scrum projects.
• Meanwhile, the second-highest priority is all about the business — meeting budget, time, and scope constraints.
III. HOW ARE THEY PRACTICING SCRUM?
• The average team size is 7 people.
• Most Scrum teams (60%) follow 2-week sprints.
• 81% hold a team Scrum each day.
• 83% conduct sprint planning prior to each sprint.
• 90% use at least some Scrum artifacts
• 81% hold retrospective meetings.
• 42% of respondents report using Scrum exclusively.
• Of those using a combination of practices, 63% practice Scrum alongside Waterfall.
• 43% combine Scrum with Kanban.
• 21% combine Scrum with Lean.
IV. IS SCRUM WORKING?
• The overall success rate of projects delivered using Scrum is 62%.
• Teams of the recommended size for Scrum — 4 to 9 members — report the most frequent success
V. ROLE OF CERTIFICATION
• It’s rarely required but commonly recommended.
• 81% of respondents believe certification has helped their Scrum practice.
VII. THE FUTURE OF SCRUM
• 95% of respondents say they plan to continue to use Scrum moving forward.
VIII PRACTICES WIDELY FOLLOWED
• Sprint retrospectives, Done criteria, Continuous Integration/Build, Refactoring are some of the key practices widely followed
You can download the detailed report from the Link of State of Scrum Report - 2015.
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