Agile has not only gone mainstream, it’s gone global. Data on agile team performance, time-to-market, and quality have emerged in the past decade. In 2012, a group of Columbus, Ohio, companies—business, IT, and financial services firms—participated in the first ever “Columbus Agile vs. the World” study. They collected velocity, schedule, effort, staffing, and quality data which were compared against QSM’s Software Lifecycle Management (SLIM) database. Analysis revealed delivery was 31 percent faster with 75 percent fewer defects than industry norms. Enter Munich, Germany. At their OOP 2013 conference, the Columbus results were presented. German companies elected to participate in a QSM-led study of their own to compare their results against Columbus, specifically with regard to time-to-market and quality. Join Michael Mah to look at data patterns for both Munich and Columbus, illustrated side by side. The results might surprise you. See how both cities compared against the SLIM worldwide database of 12,000 completed projects. Michael also discusses what might lie ahead as companies adopt methods from XP to Scrum to lean.
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