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What industries outside of IT can Agile be used?



I am wondering outside of IT and automotive what industries would Agile be used. I am attempting to how it applies to Construction and other industries.
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It does definitely apply to construction. We use sometimes the Integrated Project Management approach.
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1 reply by Mounir Ajam
Oct 27, 2017 2:32 AM
Mounir Ajam
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Rami (and Kiron)

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Integrated Teams have been used long before anyone have heard of Agile. Agile adopting this practice does not make an Agile invented practice :)



Marvin -

Agile principles can be applied within almost any industry but agile methodologies are usually tied to specific industries.

For example, having customers/business people and team members working closely together on a daily basis can apply to almost any type of project assuming willingness and availability.

If we look at a key benefit of agile which is early and regular delivery of business value, then a construction project could be delivered in an incremental rather than a "big bang" format so long as critical architecture/design decisions were made early, and there was the ability to evolve design elements over the life of the project.

Kiron
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2 replies by Marvin Pough and Mounir Ajam
Oct 25, 2017 10:14 PM
Marvin Pough
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The only post I see is for IT. Construction in which I actually do more Pm work. It would be more of a hybrid. A cross between predictive and adaptive. It definetly would not be completely agile
Oct 27, 2017 2:38 AM
Mounir Ajam
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Kiron

You said "a construction project could be delivered in an incremental rather than a "big bang" format" --- well this is MIGHT BE true in some cases but not likely. If we have a project to build incrementaly, those increment could take weeks or months (not 2 or 4 weeks increment like most Agile Principles).

Remember, the Agile Manifesto and Principles are about delivering working products. Can you imagine a school, hospital, residential building, office towers, etc. being built one room at a time?



Agile is not a method, is not IT/Softwre related, did not start with the manifesto. As Lean, Agile is a practices that was born in 1990 to be applied form strategy formulation to strategy execution. So, it is applicable for any type of industry. You can find a lot of examples outside there. Here one: https://steveblank.com/2016/11/10/how-the-...ation-culture/. I wrote a short article published by the PMI about what Agile realy is that perhaps helps you: "Perfectly Positioned", http://www.pmnetwork-digital.com/pmnetwork/april_2016?pg=73#pg73
In my personal case, I am leading my seventh initiative to apply Agile in a hugh organization.
If you are searching for Agile implemented by using methods you can find a lot mainly written by former agile software development methods.



Could be apply to any industry.
Sadly not much has been written outside IT industry’s



Another good inverse question would be what industries cant use agile or would struggle to do so.



You can apply it to any industry. I have applied it (in real initiatives from strategy to tactics) into: government, construction, banking, health, retail, automotive, aerospace, pharmacy, and other perhaps I forgot, including my actual work place where we create products in foods and beverages, non IT/software products, using agile.



Oct 25, 2017 2:02 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Marvin -

Agile principles can be applied within almost any industry but agile methodologies are usually tied to specific industries.

For example, having customers/business people and team members working closely together on a daily basis can apply to almost any type of project assuming willingness and availability.

If we look at a key benefit of agile which is early and regular delivery of business value, then a construction project could be delivered in an incremental rather than a "big bang" format so long as critical architecture/design decisions were made early, and there was the ability to evolve design elements over the life of the project.

Kiron
The only post I see is for IT. Construction in which I actually do more Pm work. It would be more of a hybrid. A cross between predictive and adaptive. It definetly would not be completely agile



Hello Marvin,
what is your definition of Agile. it is a mindset and a collection of values and principles, which is manifested through many practices like scrum, kanban and so on. So like everyone has mentioned, it can be used in all the area/ industry. Here is a quick link to an interesting article that I found on that topic - https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/agile...nstruction-9931



To add to all the other replies, besides Integrated Project Delivery, which is the Agile of construction, we use TVD (Target-Value Design) in architectural design for instance - another Agile approach applied outside the IT industry. As for the methods, on our side we often use ScrumBan to visually manage design projects and Last Planner® to execute/construct.
There are many other methods that fall under "Agile" and LEAN too - as the Location-Based Management System - which were developed in the early 1990's and thereafter.
Briefly, Agile is a mindset and culture based on 4 values and 12 principles that can be adapted (in my opinion) and applied to any organisation or industry.



Oct 25, 2017 11:32 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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It does definitely apply to construction. We use sometimes the Integrated Project Management approach.
Rami (and Kiron)

:)

Integrated Teams have been used long before anyone have heard of Agile. Agile adopting this practice does not make an Agile invented practice :)
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