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What steps do I need to take to incorporate Agile into an industry such as Construction / Manufacturing .
How would I structure my iterations and review my KPIs?

I have always used Waterfall for most of my projects in infrastructure be it telecommunication or construction.

I have always familiarized myself with Agile and the practice, taken training and read books. So I would appreciate to have an expert's insight on how to incorporate it into these fields.

A use of a case study would be appreciated. thank you
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Some have been looking for an Agile case study in construction, but yet to find one, at least for the entire construction. It has been limited to some departments within the construction organization, but those departments are no different to ones in other industries, so it can hardly be called Agile in construction. Some use iterations for information flow and feedback, but I haven't seen these iterations applied to the actual construction. Theoretically you could use it floor by floor, say for an office building, but without a case study, I can't say how it would turn out.
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Oct 08, 2018 6:39 AM
Dennis Githinji Mwaniki
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Thank you for that contribution.

I sought for a case study because it would be an easier way to lay out how different aspects were different, and how they were sorted.
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Agile is not a method, is not software or IT, did not start with the Manifesto (the Manifesto as its name stated is the application of Agile to the software field), is not about to use a life cycle. Agile was born trying to find an alternative to Lean in 1990 and as Lean was born thinking enterprise wide and not related to a domain. In fact, as far as I know and learned when I was part of the intiative where Agile was born, the reason for the movement was a paper published in 1980 in USA with the tile "Agile Manufacturing" being the first place where the word "Agile" was used. So, if you like references, search for the USA DoD NSF/Agility Forum in the USA DoD site or the University of Leihigh site (that is the place where Agile was "formaly" born) or search for Rick Dove´s work mainly the book "Response Ability". Rick was the leader of the forum and he continued the research publishing most of the forum deliverables on his book with his personal flavour. Today, people that create "Business Agility Manifesto" have taken those concepts. By the way, I am using it to help organizations to implement Agile for 1995 up to date. And I am not the unique that took that way.
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Oct 08, 2018 6:42 AM
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Thank you Sergio,

Your contribution is loaded with information I need to check up on to fully understand the topic.
I appreciate.
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Oct 08, 2018 5:19 AM
Replying to Sante Vergini
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Some have been looking for an Agile case study in construction, but yet to find one, at least for the entire construction. It has been limited to some departments within the construction organization, but those departments are no different to ones in other industries, so it can hardly be called Agile in construction. Some use iterations for information flow and feedback, but I haven't seen these iterations applied to the actual construction. Theoretically you could use it floor by floor, say for an office building, but without a case study, I can't say how it would turn out.
Thank you for that contribution.

I sought for a case study because it would be an easier way to lay out how different aspects were different, and how they were sorted.
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Oct 08, 2018 5:38 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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Agile is not a method, is not software or IT, did not start with the Manifesto (the Manifesto as its name stated is the application of Agile to the software field), is not about to use a life cycle. Agile was born trying to find an alternative to Lean in 1990 and as Lean was born thinking enterprise wide and not related to a domain. In fact, as far as I know and learned when I was part of the intiative where Agile was born, the reason for the movement was a paper published in 1980 in USA with the tile "Agile Manufacturing" being the first place where the word "Agile" was used. So, if you like references, search for the USA DoD NSF/Agility Forum in the USA DoD site or the University of Leihigh site (that is the place where Agile was "formaly" born) or search for Rick Dove´s work mainly the book "Response Ability". Rick was the leader of the forum and he continued the research publishing most of the forum deliverables on his book with his personal flavour. Today, people that create "Business Agility Manifesto" have taken those concepts. By the way, I am using it to help organizations to implement Agile for 1995 up to date. And I am not the unique that took that way.
Thank you Sergio,

Your contribution is loaded with information I need to check up on to fully understand the topic.
I appreciate.
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Dennis -

It is important to realize that a fair bit of what we know as "agile practices" actually originated from lean thinking/principles and from servant-leadership. As such, the values and principles of agile can be applied to any domain.

For a manufacturing or construction context, the question to ask is whether a timeboxed delivery approach adds value and if not, a Kanban, sprint-less approach might be more appropriate.

Kiron
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I recommend you read "Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time", by Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum. It gives examples in a variety of industries, including construction, education, even government.
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