Agile Survey Results Summary
Scott W. Ambler
www.ambysoft.com/scottAmbler.html
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The suggested reference is: Results from Scott Ambler’ s March 2006 òAgile Adoption Rate Survey’ posted at www.ambysoft.com/surveys/
The Survey
4232 Respondents
March 2006
Used Dr. Dobb’ s Journal and Software Development mailing lists
Summary appears in the September 2006 issue of DDJ at www.ddj.com
Data downloadable from www.ambysoft.com/surveys/
Comparison with Previous Surveys
This survey repeats, with improvements, the Shine survey of 2003 (www.agilealliance.org/articles/shinetechnologiesagil/file)
Respondent Skill Levels (1=Unskilled, 5 = Expert)

Organization Size
There was no statistical differences in the results based on organization size
Knowledge of Agile Methods
Have You Adopted An Agile Methodology?
Methodology Adoption (Multiple Answers Allowed)
Have You Adopted Any Agile Techniques?
Technique Adoption (Multiple Answers Allowed)
How Have Agile Approaches Affected Your Productivity?
How Have Agile Approaches Affected Your Productivity?
How Have Agile Approaches Affected the Quality of Systems Deployed?
How Have Agile Approaches Affected the Quality of Systems Deployed?
How Have Agile Approaches Affected the Cost of System Development?
How Have Agile Approaches Affected the Cost of System Development?
How Have Agile Approaches Affected the Business Stakeholder Satisfaction?
How Have Agile Approaches Affected the Business Stakeholder Satisfaction?
Who Had A Bad Experience?
91 ( 2.15% ) respondents had at least one really bad experience:
19 (0.45%) had much lower productivity
18 (0.43%) had much lower quality
73 (1.72%) had much higher cost
20 (0.47%) had much lower business satisfaction
709 (16.74%) had some bad experience
See above, plus:
140 (3.31%) had somewhat lower productivity
64 (1.51%) had somewhat lower quality
539 (12.72%) had somewhat higher cost
59 (1.39%) had somewhat lower business satisfaction
There was a correlation between knowledge and results
E.g. The people knowledgeable with agile approaches had better quality, stakeholder satisfaction, than those who weren’ t knowledgeable

Whence Modeling and Documentation?
There was a statistical correlation between adoption of newer methods such as Agile Unified Process (AUP) or MSF Agile and adoption of Agile Model Driven Development (AMDD)
Feature Driven Development (FDD) and Dynamic System Development Method (DSDM) have modeling, and arguably documentation, as explicit parts of the methods
There was no correlation between adoption of Extreme Programming (XP) and AMDD
This leads me to believe that the question may not have been clear to people, as many XPers are clearly taking an agile approach to modeling and AMDD came out of XP to begin with
Suggested Resources
The Agile Modeling Site
www.agilemodeling.com

The Agile Data Site
www.agiledata.org

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