Case study: The magic of measuring agile adoption in a large organization

“Are we agile yet?”, “Can you get me some metrics on our agile adoption?”, “I want to measure the effectiveness of our agile teams, get me some metrics to do that.”!!!

These are scary questions that can get asked of you from your executives. We’ve all been there. What are you supposed to do? How do you (politely) tell them no, yet still provide your teams with information that will help them? Most importantly, how can we actually help a large set of teams understand their own journey towards adopting agile practices?

Chris and Lee have worked with over 70 agile teams and created an approach that allowed the individual teams to understand where they were on their agile journey while maneuvering through the minefield of executives that wanted performance metrics to hold teams accountable.

This session will be a review of what the challenges were during this process, how they were accepted and mitigated and how the teams were able to get good insight into their agile adoption and performance.

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Outline/structure of the Session




Introduction. What is this about? What is the challenge you are trying to address


Overview of what the survey was


Challenges in creating the survey and in managing executive expectations


Survey results - the minefield


Key learnings - what we would do differently next time


Questions from the audience & Wrap up

Learning Outcome

Through this session we hope to highlight some of the issues with measuring agile success while dealing with a management structure that wants performance accountability metrics. Additionally, we will share our experiences in creating, delivering and interpreting an agile survey at multiple organizations and why you should consider doing the same.

Target Audience

Executives, Agile Coaches, Analytics junkies,


An understanding of agile and people management.

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