How to succeed?

It's as easy as 1,2,3. Follow these steps and you are extremely likely to see an increase in success rate, of about 60x over the worst case scenario.

1. Run small projects

Regardless other factors, small projects are more likely to be successful. By a factor of at least 10, up to 30. Over half of the huge projects return low or very low value. Full stop. With this data, we can no longer understand why any huge project should ever get the green light. Take the time to break projects into small pieces of work. Big batches & long queues have been shown to be universally bad.

2. Run agile projects

Across all sized projects, agile projects are 350% more likely to be successful. This difference is minimal when running small projects, 32%, but at the huge project end of the spectrum agile projects are 600% more likely to be successful! This is really strange, considering the intense focus on "scaling agile" that exists in the industry. In reality it is waterfall that fails at scaling.

3. Train your agile teams

The data suggest that every time the team "levels up," the likelihood of project success goes up by 23%. From the lowest unskilled-untrained teams to the best "gifted" agile teams, there is a 224% increase in chance of success.

We found that both satisfaction and value are greater when the features and functions delivered are much less than originally specified and only meet obvious needs.
— 2015 Chaos Report, Standish Group
The overall results clearly show that waterfall projects do not scale well, while agile projects scale much better.
— 2015 Chaos Report, Standish Group

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