If Agile is Better, Why is Adoption So Low?

Agile software projects have significantly better outcomes than Waterfall methodologies. Statistics from the 2015 Standish Group’s Chaos Report show that, on average, Agile projects are three times more likely to be successful than Waterfall projects. This gap is even more pronounced for medium and large-sized projects.

Even though Agile produces more successful outcomes, waterfall is still the predominant methodology. Based on data from the PMI’s 2016 Pulse of the Profession™ report, organizations are twice as likely to use Waterfall than Agile.

If we know that Agile projects are better, then why is adoption so low? There are factors that contribute to the organizations being reluctant to transform.

This presentation reviews findings and metrics from the Standish Groups CHAOS Report, the Project Management Institute, and Version One’s State of Agile report. It identifies impediments to Agile transformation based on the data and presents options for overcoming this resistance.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  1. Introduction
  2. There Is Not A Clear, Single Path To Agile
  3. It is Easy to Cheat
  4. Cultural barriers to Agile
    1. Agile Threatens Management Control
    2. Agile Challenges Organizational Silos
    3. Agile Requires Real Communication
  5. What Do We Do?

Learning Outcome

We have learned from behavioral economics that our intuition is generally wrong. In this presentation we will evaluated survey data and draw conclusions on the impediments to Agile transformations based on that data.

Recommendations to improve outcomes and likelihood of success will be presented and discussed.

Participants will have data and factual information that will allow them to beter lead their Agile efforts.

Target Audience

Executives, managers, and Agile team members.

Prerequisites for Attendees

There are not prerequisites.

schedule Submitted 2 years ago

Public Feedback

comment Suggest improvements to the Speaker