Data to suggest that agile has had a positive impact on performance


by: Mike Harris

This report seeks evidence that agile software development methods have had a positive impact on traditional performance metrics such as productivity, quality and time-to-market.  We consider the assertion that this is not a fair question because, for agile, customer satisfaction is the primary metric.  We also consider the possibility that the reported data is skewed by not considering the failure rates of agile projects and/or self-serving optimism from the large and vociferous agile coaching/consulting community (in which we must include ourselves).  Finally, we provide the data.

 

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"It's frustrating that there are so many failed software projects when I know from personal experience that it's possible to do so much better - and we can help." 
- Mike Harris, DCG President

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