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Srinivas Ramgopal
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Hi all,

Where can one find the latest statistics about the list/number of successful IT projects that are based on agile development practices, in the recent years?

Thanks in advance for your time and interest.

Regards.
Ilja Preuss
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I don't know about any such statistic, about no process/practice.

Why do you ask?


The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny - it is the light that guides your way. - Heraclitus
Svend Rost
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Eventhough you had the statistics it would be very difficult to
evaluate the results with respect to success compared to projects
using more traditional/waterfall development.

/Svend Rost
Srinivas Ramgopal
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Originally posted by Ilja Preuss:
I don't know about any such statistic, about no process/practice.

Why do you ask?


Within the organization, we currently have two camps - developers with some exposure to agile development based on adoption for the past few months of iterations and the developers who did not get a chance to try yet, but have strong opposition mostly based on fear of unknown and need for a new mindset and not having enough time to explore the benefits.

I posted the original question about statistics in this forum as part of the effort to support the agile development and its benefits for our new application (On the personal note, I really wish companies see the need to allocate budget for - training, attending conferences and hiring coaches/mentors in adopting new but proven methodologies...but they always claim they have no enough money! ).

I found the following useful link in the web after posting the question:

http://www.agilejournal.com/content/view/93/



Regards.
Ilja Preuss
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Mhh, seems to me as if you assessed that the objections are mostly coming from emotions, not from rational considerations (which is quite typical).

So I'd think that providing rational, objective data to make your point won't really help that much. Probably you should instead address their fears and other feelings - by helping them to widen their comfort zone and by helping them to step out of their comfort zone a little bit.

But it's true that this is hard when there is no time or money. If people are supposed to change their way of working, they need time to try new things, for being ineffective for a while, for making mistakes.

Do you have management support for introducing Agile techniques?
Srinivas Ramgopal
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Yes, the management supports the idea of introducing Agile techniques and I totally agree with both of your input.

Thanks once again.

Regards.
Ilja Preuss
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Originally posted by Ilja Preuss:

So I'd think that providing rational, objective data to make your point won't really help that much. Probably you should instead address their fears and other feelings - by helping them to widen their comfort zone and by helping them to step out of their comfort zone a little bit.


By the way, the book "Fearless Change" has a lot of good advice for this.
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I've been posting interesting stuff at http://www.ambysoft.com/surveys/ if it helps.

- Scott


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