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Res: [XP] Success rates of Agile Transitions

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  • Ricardo Mayerhofer
    My feeling is that agile teams/companies tries to eliminate waste. So they avoid spending efforts collecting metrics such as success rate because it won t add
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 25, 2008
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      My feeling is that agile teams/companies tries to eliminate waste. So they avoid spending efforts collecting metrics such as success rate because it won't add value to their customers nor to their company. If agile was a success or not is very clear for the ones who tried it, no metrics needed.
      That's good for them but I think bad for the industry, who has less data to appeal people toward agile.

      ----- Mensagem original ----
      De: Niraj Khanna <niraj@...>
      Para: extremeprogramming@yahoogroups.com
      Enviadas: Quinta-feira, 20 de Março de 2008 11:51:00
      Assunto: [XP] Success rates of Agile Transitions

      Hello,

      I have been searching for the success or failure rate of agile
      transition attempts, but have come up relatively empty. I would
      define success as:
      a) The transition met the goals/improvements the customer or company
      was looking for. The goals/improvements could be anything from bottom
      line profit to productivity to fewer defects and shorter project
      timelines of delivery.
      b) If the improvements the agile coach (3rd party or internal)
      promised to the company came to fruition.
      c) If there were any pleasant corollary improvements that weren't
      expected.

      Failure would be simply defined as: The time and money spent on the
      transition were either not worth the result. In the worst cases, the
      development organization actually lost quality, speed or even
      customers due to the transition attempt.

      I haven't really found any stats besides the work reported by Paul
      Goddard and Geoff Watts on the BC telecom transition. There are lots
      of success stories from various agile consulting companies, but most
      don't have any numbers and they obviously won't market their failures.

      Can anyone point me in the right direction?

      Thanks,
      Niraj.



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