For the major of teams the answer is yes. We ran a survey in February 2017, the 2017 Agile Governance survey, to explore the issues around governance of agile teams. As you can see in the following diagram, 78% of respondents indicated that yes, their agile teams were in fact being governed in some manner.
We also asked people about the approach to governing agile teams that their organization followed. As you can see in the following diagram, a bit more than a third of respondents indicated that the governance strategy was lightweight or agile in nature. Roughly the same indicated that their agile teams had a more traditional approach to governance applied to them, and one quarter said their governance approach was neither helping nor hindering their teams.
Governance tends to be a swear word for many agilists and they will tell you that governance is nothing than useless bureaucracy. Sadly in many organizations this seems to be the case. In the next blog in this series we will compare the effectiveness of agile and traditional strategies for governing agile teams.