Re: Anyone have stats on attrition rates after agile adoption?
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "michele_sliger" <michele_sliger@...> wrote:
>I think you're right that this is an area of special interest for agile adoption. PMI-trained PMs find agile development to be counterintuitive. I've encountered misunderstandings from PMs many times, and mentioned a couple of those experiences in PMs coming to grips with agile project management and
> As a consultant, I see this in an area that has special meaning for
> me: project managers. They are concerned that since the teams are
> self-organizing that they will no longer be needed. They don't
> understand what their new duties will be if they're not asking
> coders "is it done yet?" and updating the Gantt chart. Granted,
> that's a stereotype, but I'm not usually called in to help teams that
> already "get it" so I have a warped view of reality around the
> adoption of agile by traditional project managers.
> My role is to help them see what their jobs could become, as
> ScrumMasters. I try to relate their current duties to what they would
> do in the Scrum framework, using their language (PMI). This helps
> them to see how their role will change, and the opportunities this
> affords them. i.e., Understanding can help alleviate fear, then
> adoption is more likely.
> It's a change some can't accept, or won't. Some try with trepidation
> and become very successful; some try with excitement and zeal and
> fail completely.
- They aren't definitive numbers, but Pete Deemer and Gabrielle
Benefield's great summary of Scrum at Yahoo! Concludes with a couple
of stats that indicate happier and therefore lower attrition amongst
"85% of team-members stated that they would continue using Scrum if
the decision were solely up to them."
"Team Morale: 52% of respondents reported Scrum is better or much
better; 9% reported Scrum is worse or much worse; 39% reported Scrum
is about the same."
I hope that helps a little.
--- In email@example.com, "michele_sliger"
> Hi all,
> I've looked high and low and can not find any statistical studies done
> on attrition rates of established agile teams. I've found plenty of
> anecdotal evidence, but nothing from a study. Has anyone seen any
> definitive numbers anywhere?