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13th State of Agile ReportThe latest annual survey from CollabNet VersionOne has been compiled, and the subsequent report recently released. As always, the report provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of agile, including plenty of valuable insights into the use and implementation of agile practices. 

This year’s report (the 13th of its kind) saw many familiar trends resurface and continue from previous years, while a number of new areas of importance were also highlighted. Many of the key points from the report have been summarised below.


Agile industries

As has been the case in previous years, and as to be expected, Technology remains the dominate industry, with 25% of respondents working within this sector. Financial Services (19%), Professional Services (10%) and Insurance (8%), collectively made up the main bulk of other industry areas of note.

Agile methods and frameworks

The consensus around which Agile methodologies were most commonly deployed clearly indicated that Scrum and SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) still rule the roost. Scrum remains the most widely-used Agile method, with 72% of respondents utilising Scrum, or a hybrid which includes Scrum.

Once again SAFe was clearly highlighted as the most popular scaling methodology, with 30% of respondents indicating that it is the approach that their organisation follows most closely. Scrum of Scrums (16%) was the next closest scaling methodology used, however SAFe was some way ahead.

The reasons for, and benefits of, adopting agile

Although there has been a slight variation in the % representation for each of this year’s reasons and benefits, the number 1 reason for each area has remained the same. A desire to accelerate software delivery (74%) and the ability to manage changing priorities (69%) were once again selected as the primary reason and benefit (respectively).

Building on this trend further, the top 5 reasons for adopting agile have not changed at all in comparison to the previous report. However, when comparing the top 5 benefits, we see that team morale has jumped up into the top places, pushing an increase in team productivity further down the ranks.

Reasons & Benefits of Adopting Agile
*Respondents were able to make multiple selections

Impediments and challenges during implementation

Once again, organisational culture was identified as the main challenge when adopting, and in particular scaling, agile. The top 3 impediments that respondents experienced were general resistance to change, inadequate management support and organisational culture at odds with agile values.These same 3 challenges also topped the impediment charts in last year’s report.

Distributed agile teams

Perhaps one of the more surprising findings of the report pointed towards a stagnation in the number of co-located teams, whereas in contrast organisational support for distributed teams appears to be continually on the rise.

Encouraging teams to overcome geographical impediments (including time-zones) has become more common place, with 78% of respondents highlighting that their company practices agile with distributed teams (not co-located).

While 68% stated that their organisation practices agile with co-located teams, working collaborating across geographical boundaries.


With plenty more insights available – you can read and download the full 13th State of Agile report by simply clicking here.