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The State of Agile has launched the report - state of agile 2019 in May and we prepared a summary of takeaways for you.
Scrum - the most widely practiced agile method
Scrum is again reported as the most widely-practiced agile “methodology”, with at least 72% of respondents practicing Scrum or a hybrid that includes Scrum. 30% report that SAFe® is the approach their organization follows most closely, with Scrum of Scrums coming in a distant second.
Importance of organizational culture
Once again, the survey responses indicate that organization cultural issues remain the leading impediments to adopting and scaling agile. General resistance to change, inadequate management support and sponsorship, and organizational culture that is at odds with agile values rank as the top three challenges.
The main reason for agile are lowered costs
The new report shows a 71 % increase in project cost reduction as a primary reason to adopt agile, while 27 % increase in the reduction in project costs as a key benefit of agile. The adoption of agile has a bigger focus on reducing project costs and improving team morale - and is less about increasing productivity and reducing risk in comparison to the year before.
When scaling agile, one must invest for success
The most valuable for scaling agile practices are internal agile coaches, executive sponsorship and company provided training, which proves commitment towards agile success.
We talked with Rico and Jan, Innovation Facilitator Managers at Roche. They are part of the team that is transforming the swiss affiliate into an agile organization. By giving the example of Roche's swiss affiliate agile transformation journey, both can outline how to start a transformation with more than 160 people.
Many organizations are struggling to apply the concepts of Agile because they view Agile as a new way of doing the same old thing. However, in our experience, leading a large-scale Agile Transformation isn’t about simply adopting a new set of attitudes, processes, and behaviors at the team level—it’s about changing your mindset.
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