The reason, the survey reveals, is not due to cost - only 15% believe it is budget related and 70% expect investment in agile to increase in the future. The key challenges are a lack of understanding of agile as a concept (36%), the time it takes to implement a truly agile approach (34%) and agility not fitting with the current business culture (33%).
“This research highlights the real benefits that adopting agile practices can bring to IT departments and how an agile approach can be the answer to many of the pressures they are facing. What we need now is a greater understanding of agility from other parts of businesses and cultural buy-in – particularly at senior management level. Interestingly it’s not a lack of money, but a lack of understanding that is holding back that change. Agile can be the catalyst that allows businesses to embrace benefits such as delivering more frequently and keeping up with the competition, but only if they are open to it,” said Andrew Sales, Agile Coach (EMEA), CA Technologies.
Some 150 UK IT decision makers took part in the research; 40% of those said that IT departments are currently expected to do more despite fewer resources, and 87% of these said agile can help address this to some extent. Meanwhile, just over a third of IT departments are expected to deliver more frequently while 24% are under pressure to keep up with the competition. In both cases 100% of those facing the pressure said that an agile approach can help play a part in solving the challenges.
The research reveals that there is momentum when it comes to agile but there is more progress to be made; only 18% of respondents say their organisation is currently fully agile, a further 62% of respondents say their organisation is agile to an extent.
Looking forward, 2016 is set to be the year agile really comes to the fore, with more organisations adopting it and reaping the rewards. For the moment, IT departments are leading the agile revolution - 42% of respondents say that agile adoption has increased in their organisation’s IT department over the past 12 months. However, only 30% believe it has increased across the organisation as a whole with agile expected to expand in to other areas of the business in the near future. Approximately 25% of respondents are currently experiencing the growth of agile into other practices beyond IT, and 49% expecting to experience this within the next 12 months.
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Rally Software (recently acquired by CA Technologies) commissioned Vanson Bourne, an independent technology market research specialist, to undertake this research. Fieldwork for the survey took place in October 2015 when 150 IT decision makers from organisations in the UK were interviewed. Respondents came from organisations with 250 or more employees, across an even range of private sectors. Interviews were conducted online using a rigorous multi-level screening process to ensure that only suitable candidates were able to take part.