[Bio-software] Call for participation: What types of organisations adopt agile methods?

Ant Grinyer via bio-soft%40net.bio.net (by a.grinyer from sky.com)
Thu Jul 10 16:32:22 EST 2008

Having worked in software development for over 15 years in many
organisations using different development methodologies such as
waterfall, RUP, Scrum and XP, I'm still not sure if there is a
specific 'type' of organisation that is more likely to adopt agile
approaches than others?

I guess it could be argued that those organisations that are more
innovative or open to change are more likely to adopt agile methods?

To try and gain more understanding, and because I have a passion for
software development methodologies, I started a PhD five years ago
(part-time) to look at this issue. I'm now at the point where I'm
conducting a short survey to determine what factors might or might not
influence the adoption of agile methods, in the hope to provide some
enlightenment. If we get enough participation, I then hope to report
this back to the group to see if there are indeed any trends. 

The survey is short and should take around 5 - 10 minutes to complete,
so please bare with the scaled questions whereby you are asked to rate
your agreement against a list of statements.  To participate, could I
kindly ask you to fill in the survey using the link below -


I believe if we can determine the characteristics of organisations
that adopt and do not adopt agile methods, we can get a better
understanding whether certain organisations are more conducive to
adopting agile methods? 

Note this is NOT a marketing survey and is used for doctoral and
practitioner research purposes. All findings and results will be
published to the group and responses treated in strict confidence.
Evidence of my research can be found here:


Your participation is greatly appreciated. 
Kindest Regards
Ant Grinyer
Business Analyst | Cegedim Pharmaceutical Solutions, UK
PhD Candidate | The Open University | Milton Keynes, UK

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