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Survey: 2010 IT Project Success

You are invited to participate in Scott Ambler's 2010 IT Project Success survey. The goal of this ongoing survey series is to find out what IT professionals are actually doing in practice. The survey should take you about 5-7 minutes to complete, and your privacy will be completely protected.

At the end of the survey you will be given the chance to be entered into a draw for one of 10 copies of Reflections on Management: How to Manage Your Software Projects, Your Teams, Your Boss, and Yourself by Watts Humphrey and William R. Thomas published in April 2010 by Addison Wesley.

The results of this survey will be summarized in a forthcoming newsletter by Scott Ambler. Furthermore, this is an open survey, so the source data (without identifying information to protect your privacy), a summary slide deck, and the original source questions will be posted at so that others may analyze the data for their own purposes. Data from previous surveys have been used by university students and professors for their research papers, and hopefully the same will be true of the data from this survey. The results from several other surveys are already posted there, so please feel free to take advantage of this resource.


The survey results from Scott Ambler's January 2010 State of the IT Union Survey which focused on enterprise architecture are available now.

There are several enterprise architecture frameworks described online, include the Zachman Framework, the Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF), and the British Ministry of Defence Architectural Framework (MODAF).

I co-authored the book The Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture which provides a lot of advice for implementing a successful enterprise architecture program.

I've written several enterprise architecture articles which are available online, including Agile Enterprise Architecture and Extending the RUP with the Zachman Framework.

The Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) describes how to extend the software development lifecycle to address the full lifecycle of a system and how to apply agile strategies to enterprise-level issues.

My Agility@Scale blog discusses strategies for adopting and applying agile strategies in the complex environments.

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