Agile Succeeds Three Times More Often Than Waterfall

26 Feb

Agile projects are successful three times more often than non-agile projects, according to the 2011 CHAOS Manifesto from the Standish Group.

The report goes so far as to say, “The agile process is the universal remedy for software development project failure. Software applications developed through the agile process have three times the success rate of the traditional waterfall method and a much lower percentage of time and cost overruns.” (page 25)

Well if you know little bit about program or project management, you will feel and understand that this is big , in fact a very big statement with far reaching consequences and results in IT Project management world. I know lot of companies who are in management consulting and providing governance services often use such research reports to build a case.I can feel the change that is coming,that is going forward companies and lot of people are going to prefer agile management techniques for building software rather than traditional management techniques.

I also know lot many agile experts  shy away from quoting the Standish report for its accuracy or validity, but personally I feel these reports has some market and that’s the reason they are publishing it and also its hard to ignore someone who is in this business since 18 +years.

I feel this research’s findings is also one of positive development that has come to agile world after PMI started agile programs last year. Days are going to be very busy for agile experts going forward.Smile

Hope now ,IT industry will now do away with its command and control structure/Carrot and Stick policies and people will work with more accountability and transparency.

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3 Responses to “Agile Succeeds Three Times More Often Than Waterfall”

  1. PM Hut February 27, 2012 at 3:43 am #

    A report praising Agile by someone who’s very involved in Agile (Mike Cohn) is not the most reliable information out there.

    All the neutral reports state that Agile success rate are at best a match to Waterfall’s success rate.

    • kiranbadi1991 February 29, 2012 at 1:40 am #

      Fair enough.What other reports are you referring to ?

    • kiranbadi1991 February 29, 2012 at 1:40 am #

      Fair enough.What other reports are you referring to ?

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