Peak is behind the most extensive agile study ever conducted in Denmark. In connection with the study, we have created a series of articles, centred around key points. This article is the second in the series.
No tasks or organizations are the same. Because of this fact, we were interested in examining which fundamental goals and benefits organizations are looking for, as well as which benefits are realized as a result of agile best practices. In relation to this, we assessed the connection between agility and shorter time to market.
The graph above shows participant responses in relation to goals and actual realized benefits. On the basis of these, we have made a number of observations, which we will be outlining in the three following articles in this series.
Shorter time to market
The top scorer when it comes to what is expected of benefits is, without a doubt, “shorter delivery time/time to market”, which 32% of all respondents cited as their goal and expectation for what applying agile best practices could help them achieve.
Only 12,8% of respondents state that they have achieved this goal.
One of the most common reasons for this goal not being achieved, is a heavy focus being put on the introduction and execution of agile best practices in delivery teams.
Often, what is lacking is a focus on how you should adjust the transfer to both the user- and supplier focused operating organization, in order to manage frequent deliveries.
When looking at Danish and international organizations, you can see that the last few years have brought a heavy focus on exactly this part of the agile transformation, which allows people to realize the expected benefits to a sufficient extent.
When comparing the ‘time to market benefit’ with the degree of implementation, the study shows, that the respondents experience the most success when they apply scaled agile methods, while having agile teams in all your projects does not noticeably affect this particular benefit.
- 29% of respondents, who work with agile scaled methods, experience improved time to market
- 9% of respondents, who work with agile teams in all projects, experience improved time to market
- 16% of respondents, who work partially with agile methods, experience improved time to market