Agile is a journey where you learn and improve continuously. Agile Self-assessments help teams to see where they are and decide on the next steps to increase their agility.
If you want to become more Agile and Lean, my recommendation is to frequently ask yourself the following 3 questions:
- How Agile and Lean are you already?
- Where do you want to become more Agile and Lean? And why?
- What can you do to make the next step?
Agile Self-assessments help you to ask these questions and travel your agile journey.
The Agile Self-Assessment Game
The Agile Self-Assessment Game can be used by teams and organizations to self-assess their agility. Playing the game enables teams to reflect on their own team interworking and agree upon the next steps for their agile journey. With this game, they can discover how agile they are and what they can do to increase their agility to deliver more value to their customers and stakeholders.
This game, developed by Ben Linders, has been played at the XP Days Benelux 2016, Oefeningen voor Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives, and at many other conferences and meetups. I also use it for in-house self-assessments with my clients and in my workshops, masterclasses and training, see Assessing your Agility.
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If your agile transformation is not delivering the expected results or if you are doing agile and want to deliver more value to your customers and stakeholders, then join my workshop Making Agile Work for You.
In this workshop, you will learn how to apply agile practices to develop the right products, deliver faster, increase quality, and become a happy high-performing team!
Tools and Checklists for agile self-assessments
The following tools and checklists are known to me (70++). They can help you to do a kind of startup/health check or readiness/maturity assessment to determine how agile or lean you are:
- My Agile Self-Assessment Game and my book The Agile Self-assessment Game
- The Unofficial Scrum Checklist from Henrik Kniberg
- 42 point test: How Agile are You by Kelly Waters
- Questions for Transitioning to Agile from Johanna Rothman
- Agile Adoption Framework by Ahmed Sidky
- Team Barometer by Jimmy Janlén
- Scrum Checklist by Boris Gloger
- Corporate Agile 10-point checklist by Elena Yatzeck
- Joe’s Unofficial Scrum Checklist by Joe Little
- Lean-Agile Roadmap by NetObjectives
- ScrumButt Test aka the Nokia Test by Jeff Sutherland
- How to Measure Team Agility by Len Lagestee
- Scrum Assessment Series by David Hawks
- Agile Maturity Self Assessment by Robbie Mac Iver
- Enterprise Agility Maturity Matrix by Eliassen Group
- Enterprise Agile Practice Assessment Tool (paid services) by DrAgile
- Comparative Agility by Mike Cohn and Kenny Rubin
- Open Assessments from scrum.org
- Readiness & Fit Analysis from the Software Engineering Institute by Suzanne Miller
- Agile Journey Index by Bill Krebs
- Seven Questions to Ask to Determine if Your Organization is Agile Ready from PMI Austin
- An Organizational Transformation Checklist by Michael Sahota
- Agile Maturity Matrix in JIRA by Atlassian
- Assessing your Client’s Agility by Marcel Britsch
- Borland Agile Assessment
- Agile Self Assessment by Cape Project Management
- Agile Maturity Model (AMM) by Chetankumar Patel and Muthu Ramachandran
- Test your Organisation’s Agile Credentials by Storm-Consulting
- Depth of Kanban by Christophe Achouiantz
- Agile Essentials (card game) by Ivar Jacobson International
- IBM DevOps Practices Self Assessment
- Agile team evaluation by Eric Gunnerson
- Ready for Agile Part 1 and Part 2 by Salah Elleithy (based on research by Ahmed Sidky)
- Squad Health Check model from Spotify / Henrik Kniberg
- Assessing the level of Agility by Yuval Yeret
- Assess your Agility by James Shore
- Test Maturity card game by Joep Schuurkes and Huib Schoots
- AgilityHealth Radar (paid service)
- Rojooms How Deep is your Agile? by Shirly Ronen-Harel
- Agile 3R Model of Maturity Assessment by Phani Thimmapuram
- Cargo Cult Agile Checklist by Age of Product
- Success Factors for Self-Assessment of Teams by Angelika Drach, Christoph Mathis & Jens Coldewey
- Your Path through Agile Fluency by Diana Larsen and James Shore & Finding Agile That’s Fit-for-Purpose by Diana Larsen
- The InfoQ Minibook Scrum Hard Facts: Roles. Artifacts. All meetings provides a Scrum checklist
- The InfoQ minibook An Agile Adoption and Transformation Survival Guide includes a checklist for change agents
- Organizational Agile Transformation by LeadingAgile
- Agile Maturity Self-Assessment Survey by Eduardo Ribeiro
- Implementing Lean Software Development (Poppendieck)
- Xebia essentials (free app)
- XebiaLabs DevOps Self-Assessment
- Teammetrics by Christiaan Verwijs
- Agile Assessment by Piotr Nowinski
- Assess your agile engineering practices by Corinna Baldauf
- Agile Maturity Model by Jez Humble and Rolf Russell
- Maturity Assessment Model for Scrum Teams by Marmamula Prashanth Kumar
- The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code by Joel Spolsky
- Back-of-a-Napkin Agile Assessment by Elisabeth Hendrickson
- Are you really agile? by People10
- Process Goals from Disciplined Agile (submitted by Scott W.Ambler)
- Scrum Master Checklist by Michael James
- Top 20 self assessment questions by Gene Gendel
- Project Approach Questionaire by Agile Business Consortium
- Visual Management Self-Assessment by Ben Hogan (free subscription required)
- Lean Agile Intelligence by Michael McCalla (free tool, registration required)
- Continuous Delivery Maturity Checklist by DZone
- The Agendashift™ values-based delivery assessment by Mike Burrows (commercial service with free mini edition)
- Retropoly by Sorin Sfirlogea and Florian Georgescu
- How Agile Are You? by Mark Balbes
- quick self-assessment of your organization’s agility by Signet / Charles Parry
- New Agile Software Development Complete Self-Assessment (paid service)
- New DevOps Self-Assessment by Microsoft in collaboration with DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) – Registration required
- New Health Monitors from the Atlassian Team Playbook
- New Kanban Service Maturity Assessment by Gerard Chiva
- New fluent@agile game by Peter Antman and Christian Vikström
- New Agile Alert by H&Z
- New Team Agility Self Assessment by Yodiz
- Agile Self Assessment door Mike Hoogveld/Nyenrode Business University (Nederlandstalig)
Background information on Agile Self-Assessments
The articles and books mentioned below can help you to do agile self-assessment or to develop your own assessment:
- How Agile Are You? on LinkedIn
- Agile Addresses “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” from InfoQ
- Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance Model
- Personality types: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and DISC assessment
- Team Dynamics: Satir Change Model, Human Dynamics and Tuckman’s Stages of Team Formation
- Measuring and managing agile maturity (tag: measurement) by Brad Murphy
- Something agile: new ideas for agile implementation by Jan Gentsch
- A List of Agility Tests by David Koontz
- New Agendashift by Mike Burrows
- New Agile Managen and Agile Management by Mike Hoogveld
- New Assess Your Team’s Scrum Level Using ShuHaRi and the Celebration Grid by Juergen Mohr
- New Are You Agile? An Assessment Can Tell You by Joel Bancroft-Connors
- New Model for Team Effectiveness based on research by Richard Hackman
If you want to use agile self-assessments to help your teams and organization improve, here are some books that I highly recommend.
How about the CMMI for Agile Self-Assessments?
I didn’t mention the CMMI in the list above, although it is a model that is clearly meant to assess organizations. And you can self-assess with the CMMI using class C assessments, I did that many times myself.
My feeling is that the CMMI is not very helpful when it comes to assessing agility or implementing agile (blogged on that long time ago in CMMI V1.3 Agile). Then again, a good level 5 organization that has a deep understanding of the processes and practices that they use and is able to adapt to changing circumstances would be an organization with high agility; Maturity, capability and agility can certainly co-exist!
Missing an agile self-assessment checklist or tool
Do you use an agile checklist or tool that is not mentioned on the list? Or know a related article that helps to do agile self-assessment? Please send me a link with a short motivation why you think it should be added to the list. Thanks!
Increasing your Agility
Feel free to contact me if you want to play the Agile Self-assessment game to assess your agility or learn more about agile self-assessments, and improving your agility.
(last updated on May 2, 2018)