Saturday, July 25, 2015

The 2015 State of Scrum Report

This post is a summary of the salient points from the Scrum Alliance State of Scrum Survey 2015.


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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