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Making use of AGILE practices into the Construction Projects
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According to 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report, Organizations that are highly agile and responsive to market dynamics complete more of their projects successfully than their slower-moving counterparts — 75 percent versus 56 percent.

My inquiry is :
How to take advantage from the benefit of agility and responsive to market dynamic in the construction projects which represent an explicit waterfall case ?

Tareq A. Al Behairi,PMP,PMI-ACP
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From what I've seen, is using Agile within a semi-structured waterfall project (hybrid). It's not ideal, but it's a compromise.

For this I mean, try to push as much of the work into sprints and manage the planning in chunks at the beginning and end of the project.

Again this is assuming your a waterfall org that is not changing, but trying to take advantage of the trend.
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Check out these links they might help you. Personally I have never worked in Construction industry so cannot provide information from my experience.

http://blogs.versionone.com/agile_manageme...ion-management/

https://www.wspgroup.com/Documentsn/pdf/Ex...AL%20140604.pdf

http://www.slideshare.net/adrianlsmith/agi...ruction-9384237
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1 reply by Steven Zachary
Jan 03, 2016 1:44 PM
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x2 votes for SlideShare. Most major presentations at conferences are on there. It's a wealth of knowledge.
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Jan 03, 2016 5:09 AM
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Check out these links they might help you. Personally I have never worked in Construction industry so cannot provide information from my experience.

http://blogs.versionone.com/agile_manageme...ion-management/

https://www.wspgroup.com/Documentsn/pdf/Ex...AL%20140604.pdf

http://www.slideshare.net/adrianlsmith/agi...ruction-9384237
x2 votes for SlideShare. Most major presentations at conferences are on there. It's a wealth of knowledge.
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Another thought on applying Agile techniques would be to focus on more of the "team-centric" activities. Improving visibility into work progress through daily stand-ups, implementing Kanban/Lean processes to reduce work in progress and to increase efficiency, implement more continuous improvement opportunities with retrospectives.
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I agree with many of the previous comments. Getting people involved in understanding agile and the practices that are used to drive the methodology is critical. They won't change unless they can see the benefit. Starting with a sprint that contains enough work to complete in a couple weeks will show the benefits and may spur interest and and enthusiasm from the participants. I have found that people are surprised at how much can be accomplished in a short period of time using the agile methodology and the practices (Scrum, sprint, etc.,) that support it. Starting with BAU improvements to existing processes is usually a good way to introduce the agile way of working and can quickly show the benefits to the team and the project.
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The first thing to understand is: agile is not a method, methodology, life cycle, IT or software. So it has no sence to compare a discipline as agile with a life cycle as waterfall. You can apply agile in waterfall environments. You can search for information an you can see that in Ford Motor or Toyota from year 1917. Now, with reference to your question, I have the opportunity to apply it in a construction project inside the argentine goverment in 1999 where we use an agile software development method named DSDM to deal with this which is not a software/IT project.
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2 replies by Tareq A. Al Behairi
Jan 11, 2016 2:47 AM
Tareq A. Al Behairi
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Hi,Sergio
i believe and agree with you that we can apply agile in several waterfall environments like manufacturing , construction ,design,infra .....etc and that being done since many decades .
i have a great curiosity to know from you about experience of applying DSDM method in a construction project .
Could you share us little bit about that ..
Jan 18, 2016 8:14 AM
Tareq A. Al Behairi
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Hi,Sergio. Again
Sometimes we use to express "Agile" as big containing umbrella that embraces many methods ,principles ,tool and techniques ..etc. And one could look for "Agile " in this case as a Philosophy or way of thinking and behaive (as you stated above).

Other times, we actually utilize the term as a life cycle to reflect an adaptive way that being used to proceed certain projects,that is clear in the PMBOK ver5.page 46-section 2.4.2.4

Do agree with that ?
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Jan 04, 2016 5:54 PM
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The first thing to understand is: agile is not a method, methodology, life cycle, IT or software. So it has no sence to compare a discipline as agile with a life cycle as waterfall. You can apply agile in waterfall environments. You can search for information an you can see that in Ford Motor or Toyota from year 1917. Now, with reference to your question, I have the opportunity to apply it in a construction project inside the argentine goverment in 1999 where we use an agile software development method named DSDM to deal with this which is not a software/IT project.
Hi,Sergio
i believe and agree with you that we can apply agile in several waterfall environments like manufacturing , construction ,design,infra .....etc and that being done since many decades .
i have a great curiosity to know from you about experience of applying DSDM method in a construction project .
Could you share us little bit about that ..
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I do not know what to say. We took the method and applied it, no more than that. But you can find a lot of information into the internet. For example, while is not about contruction of houses, you can find how USA DoD creates its new airplane using SCRUM. But as I mentioned: you have to take into account that agile is not a method or methodology. Agile is a way of thinking and behaive and you can find that Ford Motor COmpany applied it from 1917 or Toyota Motors applied it from 1934. And you have to understand that you have to separate the life cycle (waterfall, incremental, waterfall with modificators, spiral, V, etc) from the approach (agile, based on risk, etc). So, you can mix both (you can apply agile approach with waterfall life cycle. You can search for information inside SAP SE website). To select what to apply you have to understand your current organizational situation (using the business analysis jargon you have to perform an enterprise analysis) and you have to understand the type of product, product life cycle and environmental conditions.
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Jan 04, 2016 5:54 PM
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The first thing to understand is: agile is not a method, methodology, life cycle, IT or software. So it has no sence to compare a discipline as agile with a life cycle as waterfall. You can apply agile in waterfall environments. You can search for information an you can see that in Ford Motor or Toyota from year 1917. Now, with reference to your question, I have the opportunity to apply it in a construction project inside the argentine goverment in 1999 where we use an agile software development method named DSDM to deal with this which is not a software/IT project.
Hi,Sergio. Again
Sometimes we use to express "Agile" as big containing umbrella that embraces many methods ,principles ,tool and techniques ..etc. And one could look for "Agile " in this case as a Philosophy or way of thinking and behaive (as you stated above).

Other times, we actually utilize the term as a life cycle to reflect an adaptive way that being used to proceed certain projects,that is clear in the PMBOK ver5.page 46-section 2.4.2.4

Do agree with that ?
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Jan 18, 2016 8:30 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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No, fully disagree. I tell you why: this contributes to the hugh confusion in the market. The impact is for people like me that is hired to implement agile and we have to spend a lot of time explaining to top senior management that all they think will be achieved thanks agile is not true. And sorry but you are making a common mistake: think that agile is a matter of project life cycle. You can use agile with project life cycles like waterfall. So, no matter that, what I wrote above is what I firmly believe (I am leading my seventh initiative implementing agile in a hugh company) to work with agile and do not fail. Because here comes the other important thing: due to people really do not understand what agile is they fail and a lot of organizations say "agile does not work".
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Jan 18, 2016 8:14 AM
Replying to Tareq A. Al Behairi
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Hi,Sergio. Again
Sometimes we use to express "Agile" as big containing umbrella that embraces many methods ,principles ,tool and techniques ..etc. And one could look for "Agile " in this case as a Philosophy or way of thinking and behaive (as you stated above).

Other times, we actually utilize the term as a life cycle to reflect an adaptive way that being used to proceed certain projects,that is clear in the PMBOK ver5.page 46-section 2.4.2.4

Do agree with that ?
No, fully disagree. I tell you why: this contributes to the hugh confusion in the market. The impact is for people like me that is hired to implement agile and we have to spend a lot of time explaining to top senior management that all they think will be achieved thanks agile is not true. And sorry but you are making a common mistake: think that agile is a matter of project life cycle. You can use agile with project life cycles like waterfall. So, no matter that, what I wrote above is what I firmly believe (I am leading my seventh initiative implementing agile in a hugh company) to work with agile and do not fail. Because here comes the other important thing: due to people really do not understand what agile is they fail and a lot of organizations say "agile does not work".
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