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The 4th Survey“Status Quo (Scaled) Agile”Results

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Author: Reinhard Wagner     Source: IPMA
Agile Approaches: Successful – mostly hybrid – often scaled – Results of “Status Quo (Scaled) Agile” Survey available

Scrum, Kanban, Scaled Agile – we will hardly find a conference, a publication or a discussion in the area of digitization and project management that does not deal with these topics. But what does the daily practice of ‘agile’ really look like? How successful are agile approaches? What are the real challenges? What are the methods most commonly used? How many organizations are using scaled agile approaches like SAFe, Nexus, Spotify, LeSS?


The 4th survey “Status Quo (Scaled) Agile” now gave some interesting answers helping organizations to position their own agile activities and helping to define an appropriate strategy where and how to use the agile on the team level or scaled agile on the level of programs or organizations. The results are based on the answers of more than 600 participants from more than 20 countries. The survey has been designed and conducted by the team of the University of Applied Sciences of Koblenz directed by Prof. Ayelt Komus together with IPMA.

Some of the key findings:

  • 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 the 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.
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