I’m filling out the survey called “State of Scrum 2015”, posted under the Projectmanagement.com domain. It’s terrible.
Everything is a project, like “How may Sprints are typically completed in a Scrum project?” (yes, the typo is there too)
Overall, the answers are really poorly designed, like “How long do your Sprints typically run?” contains the option “6+ weeks36”. I don’t know what the ending 36 means, but I’m not have a PMI certification.
Another really great one: “fter a thorough evaluation of a project’s type, requirements and parameters, a decision is made to use either Scrum or Waterfall Scrum was introduced and integrated into our Waterfall method” - think that’s really two answers in one? Same with their own certification alternatives, where two have been yumbled into one.
Certifications are percieved as a way to assess ability to achieve success.
Poor Scrum understanding overall, even the basic stuff like “When does your team hold Sprint planning meetings?” where the options are: prior to a Sprint, At the beginning of the project; No Sprint planning meetings are done. Sprint Planning takes place at the beginning of a Sprint - there’s no right answer if your doing Scrum by the book. Same thing goes for retrospectives, daily scrums, …
Everything is a meeting according to the survey - even Daily Scrum ‘meeting’!
It’s a bit sad that the Scrum Alliance is promoting this survey.
The positive thing is perhaps that some PM folks are interested.