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Agile Project Management application for EPC and Construction Projects?
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Anyone has experience in applying Agile Project Management (APM) for EPC or Construction Projects? I am trying to figure out as I think APM may not be suitable for EPC or Construction Projects?

Do you agree or disagree, please comment based on your experience?
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Dear Mujahid
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

Do you already use hybrid approaches in practice?

In the preliminary phase you will make changes, with deliveries, until you reach the final project.

Can the construction phase have an adaptive approach? (Of course, always considering the legal constraints)
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Hey Mujahid,

There are a number of threads on this topic:

https://www.projectmanagement.com/searchRe...%20construction

Hope that helps :)

Karl
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Mujahid -

This is a frequently asked question in this forum - if you search for "agile" and "construction" you should find at least a handful of threads over the past couple of years.

With advances such as additive manufacturing and component/modular-based construction, incremental delivery is possible in some cases, but as with ANY project, you need to profile its characteristics to understand whether a predictive, adaptive or some approach in between makes sense.

For many such projects, lean techniques might be more applicable than agile life cycles.

However, regardless of the life cycle utilized, we and all key stakeholders (e.g. team, sponsor) should adopt an agile mindset to effectively reduce risk, increase team member commitment & engagement and (attempt to) deliver value early.

Kiron
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Dec 03, 2019 9:42 AM
Karl Twort
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That's why I provided the direct search link, above your post :)

Good advice.
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I agree with Kiron. There can certainly be opportunities to think outside the box for adopting new approaches and practices.
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Agree with Kiron.
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Dec 03, 2019 7:27 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Mujahid -

This is a frequently asked question in this forum - if you search for "agile" and "construction" you should find at least a handful of threads over the past couple of years.

With advances such as additive manufacturing and component/modular-based construction, incremental delivery is possible in some cases, but as with ANY project, you need to profile its characteristics to understand whether a predictive, adaptive or some approach in between makes sense.

For many such projects, lean techniques might be more applicable than agile life cycles.

However, regardless of the life cycle utilized, we and all key stakeholders (e.g. team, sponsor) should adopt an agile mindset to effectively reduce risk, increase team member commitment & engagement and (attempt to) deliver value early.

Kiron
That's why I provided the direct search link, above your post :)

Good advice.
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Mujahid:
I suggest to take advice from experts using the tools, not just academics, or consultants. I have made that question to several experts and found that Agile professionals will tel you "yes, definitely". But none of these have really tried it.

Pure predictive professionals will tell you "no, it is non applicable".

So I asked professionals with both skills and experiences and they all have concluded that agile is not for EPC/Construction.

Changes in the design of a building, electrical substation, water treatment plant, steam/condensate system, etc is too expensive when done during project execution. So, you definitely want to have the final project designed from the first step.

I manage an EPC-PMO. We have made several attempts to agile and concluded, along with experts, it is not really applicable to majority of our projects.

Regards,
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Mujahid,

You can apply some of Agile idea in an EPC construction project.

You can do the E using BIM technologies it will let you build the design progressivelly or by iteration, then real size room to try various configuration for the user to improve. That would be valid if you build many of the same room as in hospitals and hotels.

For P and C, I don't see

LEAN is more frequent in construction.
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Thanks, everyone for the responses and these are very helpful and informative.

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