Agile Performance Metrics
Written by Ned Kremic
The QSM Associates in their "Agile Impact Report, Proven Performance Metrics from the Agile Enterprise" have assessed the performance of Agile development projects against a database of 8,000+ primarily traditional development project in three key areas: productivity, time-to-market and quality.
The results were that teams using Agile were 50% faster to market, 25% more productive, with one quarter the number of defects.
Is it true? And if it is, why?
Our own experience working on software projects in several different industries, prove those results. Even more, in some instances with mature agile teams we have achieved outstanding results that are even better than those reported in Agile Impact Report".
The intention behind this study is to analyze the industry results from respected resources such as QSM Associates, Standish Group – Chaos Reports (2002 -2010) and cross-reference them with our own data.
The second part of the study is to analyze how traditional waterfall and agile environments are influencing human behavior to produce those results.