For the first time in the seven year history of the Index, Waterfall shares its top spot in total project utilisation with Agile. Whilst project scale and budgets may vary, each of these methodologies account for a third of all software development projects.
80 percent of respondent organisations are now applying Agile methods in some of their software projects. By comparison, Waterfall and V-Model are applied in 68 and 42 percent of organisations respectively.
Planit Testing Index 2013: Software Development Projects by Methodology
The growth of Agile is partially due to positive market sentiment, with 88 percent of respondents considering Agile to be at least as effective overall as competing methodologies. Moreover, Agile registered an even greater response in key areas including:
- Improved team collaboration – 75 percent;
- At least as quickly to market – 86 percent;
- Addressing requirements as well if not better – 80 percent.
Planit Testing Index 2013: Success of Agile vs. Other Methodologies
Far more successful Generally more successful Relatively similar results
Generally less successful Far less successful
Of the best-represented industries, each was dominated by a different prevailing methodology. In Financial Services, it was Waterfall at 38% of projects. In the public sector, 38% of projects were conducted under the V-Model. But the most dominant response was by Software Development and IT companies, 48% of whom followed Agile practices.
Planit Testing Index 2013: Project Outcomes by Industry
Financial Services Government Software Development / IT