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What industries outside of IT can Agile be used?
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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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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 :)
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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
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2 replies by Marvin Pough and Mounir Ajam
Oct 25, 2017 10:14 PM
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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?
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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.
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Could be apply to any industry.
Sadly not much has been written outside IT industry’s
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Another good inverse question would be what industries cant use agile or would struggle to do so.
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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.
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Oct 25, 2017 2:02 PM
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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
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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
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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.
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Oct 25, 2017 11:32 AM
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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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