BPM-Labor Status Quo (Scaled) Agile 2020

Status Quo (Scaled) Agile
4th study on Benefits and Success factors of agile methods

The fourth study "Status Quo (Scaled) Agile" has been completed.

We would like to thank for more than 600 participants.

You can require the free report here.

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Motivation for the implementation of the fourth international study "Status Quo (Scaled) Agile"

Agile methods such as Scrum, IT-Kanban or Design Thinking gained a lot of importance during recent years. It seems like almost every renowned company switched to the usage of agile methods for their IT development. During the last few years agile methods gained tremendous importance in areas like product development, process optimization, implementation of ERP systems Standard Software System (SSW), etc.

But how successful and widespread are agile methods? Which forms of usage are common?

How does the interaction of several agile teams work - if applicable using methods such as Nexus, SAFe, Spotify or LeSS?

How are agile and classical approaches combined to hybrid methods?

Which factors are decisive for satisfaction and success?

The new edition of ”Status Quo (Scaled) Agile” examines how the usage of agile methods is changing. Special focus will be place on the actual forms of usage, the successes and the interaction with classic project management and scaling of agile methods as well.

The study "Status Quo (Scaled) Agile" examines these and other questions.

How are agile methods like Scrum and IT-Kanban uses in practice?

Which challenges promotes a succesful implementation of agile methods?

How do users combine classic project management with agile methods (hybrid methods)?

How can agile methods be scaled (Nexus, SAFe, Spotify, LeSS, ...)?

How successful are agile methods?

How are agile methods going to be integrated in the project portfolio of the management?

Results of the study "Status Quo (Scaled) Agile"

A total of over 600 people from over 20 countries took part. More details on the structure of the participant survey period, used tools etc are documented in the final report. The Status Quo (Scaled) Agile 2020 study is  already the fourth international survey according to previous studies in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Study was carried out in collaboration with Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e. V. (Bitkom), International Project Management Association (IPMA) and their worldwide national organisations (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Projektmanagment e.V. (GPM), Projekt Management Austria (PMA), Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement (SPM)) and also Scrum.org and SwissICT.

The majority of users of agile approaches use them selectively or in a mixed form.

The success rate of agile approaches continues to be rated much more positively than that of classic project management. However, a time series comparison shows that agile and classic users are converging.

Once again, the assessment is very clear that the application of agile approaches has led to improvements in results and efficiency.

34% of agile respondents use a scaling framework.

74% say that improvements in results and efficiency have been achieved through the use of scaling frameworks.

Only 15 % of the Scaling users consistently observe the specifications of the respective Scaling standards.

The top 3 reasons to use agile approaches are time to market, quality and risk reduction.

The most important challenges for the successful implementation of agile approaches are "internal processes" and "top management.

74% of "consistently agile" employees see change as an integral part of the culture, at least in individual areas, compared to only 38% for classic PM.

Study Director

Prof. Dr. Ayelt Komus, professor of organization and business informatics at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences, is a coach, management consultant, keynote speaker and author.

Komus refers to over 80 publications, over 170 keynotes and lectures, as well as more than 180 interviews/reports in the specialist media. He is the director of the BPM-Labor for Business Process Management and Organizational Excellence.

He is co-initiator of the Modellfabrik Koblenz (model factory), the Praxisforum - Prozess und IT-Management (www.praxisforum.net).

Komus is a recognized author, keynote speaker, consultant and coach in the fields of process, project and IT-management and agile methods. His highly regarded empirical studies include the studies "agiles PMO“ (Agile PMO), "Erfolgsfaktoren im Projektmanagement“ (Success factors for PM), "Positionsbestimmung S/4HANA", "Status Quo PEP" and “Status Quo Agile" (2012, 2014 and 2016).


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