Agile’s Impact on Team Performance

A new study finds that Agile project teams are 37 percent faster to market, 16 percent more productive, and able to maintain quality even as schedules are dramatically compressed.

Development teams utilizing Agile practices were on average 37 percent faster delivering software to market and increased productivity by 16 percent, according to a new study released at the Agile 2008 Conference, held August 4-8 in Toronto.
 
Commissioned by Rally Software and conducted by independent research firm QSM Associates, The Agile Impact Report: Proven Performance Metrics from the Agile Enterprise also concluded that Agile teams were able to maintain normal defect counts despite significant schedule compression.
The study, which included data collected from May through July 2008, measured the performance of 26 Agile development projects against plan-based or waterfall industry averages in three key areas: productivity, time-to-market and defects.
 
By adopting Agile practices, companies measured in the study were able to produce large-scale enterprise software in four to 11 months, compared to the six to 13 months a typical organization required to deliver comparable software — an average increase in speed of 37 percent. Rally customers who participated in the study saw an average increase of 50 percent in their time-to-market when compared to the industry average…

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