The State of Scrum:
Benchmarks and Guidelines
How do you compare?
Today’s topics
• Who we surveyed
• Key adoption factors
• Key practices
• Outlook for Scrum
• Key takeaways
The data
500 participants | 70+ countries
Various roles & industries
Many were certified
Scrum is widespread
Why Scrum?
Where did they start?
31%
69%
No Waterfall
Waterfall
Where are they now?
• 13% of those who started with Waterfall
now use Scrum exclusively
• Most ended up with a mix of Wate...
Views on training
How Participants are
Practicing Scrum
Scrum roles
What respondents say:
• 41% have a dedicated ScrumMaster
• 24% have a dedicated Product Owner
71% have team sizes of 4-9
75% run Sprints in
2-6 week cycles
59% have daily
stand-up meetings
State of Scrum
Event Survey/Polling Question #1
Insights & Outlook
Insight #1: Scrum is widespread
• Widely practiced but not always
“by the book”
• Usually at the project level, but
increa...
Insight #2: The roles and practices of Scrum are
simple and well defined,
but the practice can be difficult
• ScrumMaster ...
Insight #3: The long-term success of Scrum is
more about the “culture” of Scrum
• Scrum is more than a
collection of pract...
State of Scrum
Event Survey/Polling Question #2
The Outlook
Scrum = An Ability to Adapt
“The complexity of things –
the things within things –
just seems to be endless.
I mean nothin...
Outlook #1: Scrum will continue to expand outside of
software development.
Content Development
✓Human Resources
✓Marketing...
Outlook #2: Scrum will continue to grow because it helps
businesses tailor their efforts for the
“Age of the Customer.”
31...
Key takeaways
• Scrum is widespread
• Scrum is growing rapidly in software
development and beyond
• Scrum is easy to under...
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
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There has been an explosive change within the last two decades over how software is developed and deployed. Agile methods and Scrum have led this charge and continue to gain momentum.

A new report, The State of Scrum: Benchmarks & Guidelines, is now available. This report reveals who is practicing Scrum, why they are practicing Scrum and the outlook for Scrum.

Almost 500 professionals in over 70 countries were surveyed for the report. Participants represented multiple industries from IT to education, finance, government, healthcare, telecommunications and more. Learn how your Scrum practice compares!

The full report is found here: http://www.scrumalliance.org/why-scrum/state-of-scrum-report

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State of Scrum report, 2013

  1. 1. The State of Scrum: Benchmarks and Guidelines How do you compare?
  2. 2. Today’s topics • Who we surveyed • Key adoption factors • Key practices • Outlook for Scrum • Key takeaways
  3. 3. The data
  4. 4. 500 participants | 70+ countries
  5. 5. Various roles & industries
  6. 6. Many were certified
  7. 7. Scrum is widespread
  8. 8. Why Scrum?
  9. 9. Where did they start? 31% 69% No Waterfall Waterfall
  10. 10. Where are they now? • 13% of those who started with Waterfall now use Scrum exclusively • Most ended up with a mix of Waterfall and Scrum • 8% went back to Waterfall
  11. 11. Views on training
  12. 12. How Participants are Practicing Scrum
  13. 13. Scrum roles What respondents say: • 41% have a dedicated ScrumMaster • 24% have a dedicated Product Owner
  14. 14. 71% have team sizes of 4-9
  15. 15. 75% run Sprints in 2-6 week cycles
  16. 16. 59% have daily stand-up meetings
  17. 17. State of Scrum Event Survey/Polling Question #1
  18. 18. Insights & Outlook
  19. 19. Insight #1: Scrum is widespread • Widely practiced but not always “by the book” • Usually at the project level, but increasingly at the organizational level • Areas outside of software development are starting to adopt Scrum
  20. 20. Insight #2: The roles and practices of Scrum are simple and well defined, but the practice can be difficult • ScrumMaster role is well known and understood • The Product Owner role isn’t understood or practiced as well • Scrum practices are often followed but not always as prescribed
  21. 21. Insight #3: The long-term success of Scrum is more about the “culture” of Scrum • Scrum is more than a collection of practices, it’s also a way of thinking • Scrum requires a culture of: – Empowerment – Self-organizing teams – Continuous change and improvement • The culture requires management’s support
  22. 22. State of Scrum Event Survey/Polling Question #2
  23. 23. The Outlook
  24. 24. Scrum = An Ability to Adapt “The complexity of things – the things within things – just seems to be endless. I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.” Alice Munro
  25. 25. Outlook #1: Scrum will continue to expand outside of software development. Content Development ✓Human Resources ✓Marketing ✓Finance ✓Legal ✓Sales Business Functions Competitive Advantage Retail Store Deployments Auto Manufacturing and R&D
  26. 26. Outlook #2: Scrum will continue to grow because it helps businesses tailor their efforts for the “Age of the Customer.” 31% of executives cite delivering customer value as the single most important priority for adopting Scrum.
  27. 27. Key takeaways • Scrum is widespread • Scrum is growing rapidly in software development and beyond • Scrum is easy to understand and hard to master • Key to Success: – Buy-in and support from leadership – A culture that facilitates Scrum – All the training and community support you can get
  28. 28. QUESTIONS & ANSWERS Thank you for attending today’s webinar State of Scrum: Benchmarks and Guidelines For more information: Scrum Alliance www.scrumalliance.org ProjectsAtWork www.projectsatwork.com ProjectManagement.com www.projectmanagement.com

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