In the project world, the Scrum Agile method is very much alive and sweeps all before it. The fourteenth Annual State of Agile Survey of over 40,000 Agile practitioners published this summer shows 58% used Scrum, with a further 18% using a hybrid of Scrum with either Extreme Programming or Kanban. The top five sectors using Agile (Technology, Financial Services, Professional Services, Government and Insurance) have experienced increased project speed and adaptability, reduced project risk and reported improved business value delivered and customer/user satisfaction. It is also no longer limited to software organizations, with Agile principles and practices increasingly being adopted in Operations, Sales/Marketing and HR functions.
There are still challenges to its adoption, with some organizational cultures at odds with agile values, a lack of leadership support, and inconsistent practices and training given as obstacles to exploiting more of Agile’s opportunities and benefits.
While working in teams, one-to-one can be preferred for Agile methodologies, 81% of those surveyed confirmed that businesses are promoting distributed teams, collaborating across the world regardless of time zones. The current worldwide health crisis may provide additional incentives to move from co-located to distributed teams as the “new normal”.
18th November 2020 sees the launch of the new Scrum Guide, by its creators Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Scrum. Scrum in the Agile world goes from strength to strength.
Of course, Agile projects still need good project governance with appropriately tailored management following APM or PRINCE2 best practice or adopting AgilePM as promoted by the Agile Business Consortium. Start, or continue, your Agile project management journey with Elite’s suite of courses.