Status Quo (Scaled) Agile 2020

Status Quo (Scaled) Agile 

4th study on Benefits and Success factors of agile methods 

A scientific study by the University of Applied Sciences Koblenz in cooperation with Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e. V. (Bitkom), International Project Management Association (IPMA) and their worldwide national organisations (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Projektmanagment e.V. (GPM), Projekt Management Austria (PMA), Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement (SPM))

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  • The majority of users of agile approaches use them selectively or in a mixed form
  • The success rate of agile approaches continues to be rated much more positively than that of classic project management.
    However, a time series comparison shows that agile and classic users are converging
  • Once again, the assessment is very clear that the application of agile approaches has led to improvements in results and efficiency
  • 34% of agile respondents use a scaling framework
  • 74% say that improvements in results and efficiency have been achieved through the use of scaling frameworks
  • Only 15 % of the Scaling users consistently observe the specifications of the respective Scaling standards
  • The top 3 reasons to use agile approaches are time to market, quality and risk reduction
  • The most important challenges for the successful implementation of agile approaches are "internal processes" and "top management
  • 74% of "consistently agile" employees see change as an integral part of the culture, at least in individual areas, compared to only 38% for classic PM


Agile methods such as Scrum, IT-Kanban or Design Thinking gained a lot of importance during recent years. It seems like almost every renowned company switched to the usage of agile methods for their IT development. During the last few years agile methods gained tremendous importance in areas like product development, process optimization, implementation of ERP systems Standard Software System (SSW), etc.


But how successful and widespread are agile methods? Which forms of usage are common?

How does the interaction of several agile teams work - if applicable using methods such as Nexus, SAFe, Spotify or LeSS?

How are agile and classical approaches combined to hybrid methods?

Which factors are decisive for satisfaction and success?


The new edition of ”Status Quo (Scaled) Agile” examines how the usage of agile methods is changing. Special focus will be place on the actual forms of usage, the successes and the interaction with classic project management and scaling of agile methods as well.

Study participants

A total of over 600 participants from over 20 countries took part. Further details on the structure of the participants, survey period, tools used etc. are documented in the study report. 


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