Agile Maturity Self-Assessment Survey (Published at ScrumAlliance)

Sharing my recent article publish by Scrum Alliance today, Tuesday 8th of December 2015.

This article identifies questions you can use to create an Agile Maturity Self-Assessment Survey, and it discusses the importance of this type of survey.

You might be asking why you would need a survey. Well, I truly believe in constant feedback. There is no better way to challenge the status quo. Also, it helps us understand what we can improve, how to be faster, and how to be more adaptive and responsive to the changes or challenges that come our team’s and business’s way.

Keep in mind that these kinds of tools are what allow us to improve what we already do well and to help us gain a clear view of where we need to focus our efforts. To that end, I think that the best place to retrieve this feedback is from the people who deal with the real scenarios every day. They are the best at evaluating their team and business for Agile maturity so that they can identify the anti-patterns and develop possible solutions and corresponding actions for improvement.

For these reasons, some time ago I searched on the Web for existing surveys that I could use and was able to find one that, from my perspective, was complete and had all the right questions.

So, the next step was to create the survey and send it to everyone. The number of replies was very good, and some conclusions were interesting, but (there is always a but) the survey feedback included the following remarks:

  • It was too long.
  • Some questions were not clear enough to understand and answer.
  • Some of the questions were hard to answer because they didn’t have a full overview.
  • It was confusing if you did not have a Scrum role.

Again, after this feedback and based on my beliefs, I decided to collaborate with a few people who answered the survey and a few others who face these challenges every day. These collaborators have also decided to accept the challenge to become Agile Champions or Change Agents.

I was amazed by their motivation and commitment to help improve the survey and their commitment to understand its results. It was really impressive!

After long discussions and reviews, the result of this collaboration was the following improved survey:

Your Role

  • Dev Team Member
  • ScrumMaster (dedicated)
  • Product owner / Manager
  • Delivery Manager / Head of / Director
  • Project / Program Manager
  • Other

1. Which Agile framework does your team use?

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Other
  • None

2. Is your team able to deliver valuable software frequently?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

3. How often do you think that we are delivering what the business needs most?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

4. Is your team accommodating all the changes suggested by the product owner?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

5. How often does your team have visibility into what it will be doing in the next three sprints?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

6. Does your team have an agreed and clear DoR (Definition of Ready)?

  • Yes
  • No

7. How often are the user stories that enter your sprint ready to be implemented?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

8. How often is your team being disrupted and controlled by outsiders during the sprint?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

9. Does your team find blockers during the sprint?

  • Yes
  • No

10. Are any blockers found being tackled in a timely manner?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

11. Is your team collaborating daily? (Ex: Daily stand-up)

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

12. Is your team motivated to deliver the sprint deliverables?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

13. Do the Scrum team members trust each other?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

14. How often, when it’s possible, does your team communicate face to face?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

15. Does your team have an agreed and clear DoD (Definition of Done)?

  • Yes
  • No

16. How often is your team able to deliver fully tested, working software at the end of the sprint?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

17. How often is your team able to deliver at a sustainable pace?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

18. Is your team striving for quality and technical excellence by Betfair standards?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

19. Is your team self-organized in accordance with Agile principles?

  • Yes
  • No

20. Are the team members locked into their specific roles?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

21. How often is your team able to reflect on whatever has happened? (Ex: Retrospective)

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

22. Does your team take appropriate actions based on whatever has come up in retrospectives?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

23. Is your team continuously improving what it does (including processes)?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

24. Is your team using performance metrics to improve team performance?

  • Never
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Always

25. Do you have any ideas on what we could improve regarding our software development process?

  • (Open Question)

My thoughts are to continue to analyze the next feedback and review this survey periodically with all the Agile champions (each time with a small group to be able to stay focused).

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you want to share your own experience on this subject. I would like to hear your thoughts and opinions.

See more at: ScrumAlliance.org | Agile Maturity Self-Assessment Survey

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