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The 15th State of Agile survey was conducted between February and April 2021. Due to the pandemic, the data was gathered fully online.
A total of 1.382 complete survey responses were analyzed and prepared into a report.
Remote/hybrid workforces require a new way of thinking
The distributed workforce was a rising trend already in the past years. Still, this year’s survey saw a dramatic increase in the move toward remote work and a clear indication that this direction isn’t temporary. The majority of respondents (56%) favor the hybrid model work. Meaning they want to return to the office regularly, but not daily.
Out of all the respondents, only 3% plan to return to the office full time, 25% of respondents say they will remain fully remote in a post-COVID world.
Agile goes mainstream
This year’s report sees exponential growth in agile adoption across all the functions in organizations (doubling since last year), which is probably a consequence of the pandemic and distributed global workforce. However, the most notable increase is still seen within software development teams, jumping from 37% in 2020 to 86% in 2021.
Cultural clashes, inconsistencies in processes and practices, and general organizational resistance to change are reported as the most significant obstacles for broader Agile adoption.
Only slightly more than four out of 10 respondents identified organizational culture as a barrier for broader Agile adoption.
Driving DevOps and value stream management initiatives
75% of respondents say that DevOps transformation is important or even very important to their organization, while ⅔ (66%) are involved with implementing or planning a VSM (Value Stream Management) initiative.
“We placed a focus on the business and transforming how we work first and foremost. We used that as a catalyst to begin to drive agility through the organization — speed of decision making, clarity of focus on purpose, showing that we can deliver incremental value — without forgoing the larger picture.” David Paine, Domain Information Office Toyota Financial Services
Scrum is once again identified as the most popular Agile approach.
You can read the full report HERE.
“In response to the pandemic, organizations are accelerating the adoption of new processes, practices, and technologies to support changes to product and service delivery”.
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