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Can Agile be implemented in other industries? (other then IT)
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Can the principle of Agile be applied in industry such as Construction, Aerospace, Pharma and other?

What is preventing Agile to be use in other industries?
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There was a similar question raised recently. Of course you can apply agile in other industries including construction.
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1 reply by Vincent Guerard
Nov 18, 2017 5:44 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Thanks Rami

It is my understanding that it can be apply in the construction industry.
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Nothing. If and only if people understand that Agile is not a method. Unfortunately people tied Agile to a method. In my personal experience I have applied it into the three industries you listed above.
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1 reply by Vincent Guerard
Nov 18, 2017 5:48 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Thanks Sergio,

You are right often talk about Agile go to precise methods that are specific to Agile in IT, leaving the message that Agile can't be use in other industries.
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Benefits of agile techniques include reducing risk, improving control, and improving communications. An Agile Systems Development approach is appropriate if the project success depends on frequent feedback, involves a phased deployment, and invests in enhanced quality. The use of agile techniques are not limited to software application development. This is what I learned from Kevin Aguanno, our Canadian Agile guru, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies in October, 2017.
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1 reply by Vincent Guerard
Nov 18, 2017 5:49 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Thanks Linda,
What is frequent feedback for you? Daily, weekly, monthly,...
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Nov 18, 2017 1:18 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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There was a similar question raised recently. Of course you can apply agile in other industries including construction.
Thanks Rami

It is my understanding that it can be apply in the construction industry.
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Nov 18, 2017 5:21 PM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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Nothing. If and only if people understand that Agile is not a method. Unfortunately people tied Agile to a method. In my personal experience I have applied it into the three industries you listed above.
Thanks Sergio,

You are right often talk about Agile go to precise methods that are specific to Agile in IT, leaving the message that Agile can't be use in other industries.
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Nov 18, 2017 5:42 PM
Replying to Linda Deen
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Benefits of agile techniques include reducing risk, improving control, and improving communications. An Agile Systems Development approach is appropriate if the project success depends on frequent feedback, involves a phased deployment, and invests in enhanced quality. The use of agile techniques are not limited to software application development. This is what I learned from Kevin Aguanno, our Canadian Agile guru, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies in October, 2017.
Thanks Linda,
What is frequent feedback for you? Daily, weekly, monthly,...
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1 reply by Linda Deen
Nov 20, 2017 8:23 AM
Linda Deen
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An Agile of 'adaptive' project requires frequent feedback from all stakeholders to ensure that time and resources are optimized. Feedback is built into the approach with verbal feedback by developers during daily scrum meetings of 15 minute duration or Kanban boards which provide visualization of workflow which are updated any time there is a change. Furthermore, testing is built into each Sprint or Iteration thus providing feedback for current development status. Feedback in Agile is frequent through the project compared to feedback at the end of a Traditional Waterfall project. It is up to PMs to apply Agile only when appropriate i.e. dependent on changing conditions that require 'frequent feedback', phased deployment, and investment in enhanced quality. Agile approach includes both incremental and iterative characteristics.
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I have been using Agile practices in education sector for developing and improving course contents and it has given me excellent results.
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1 reply by Vincent Guerard
Nov 22, 2017 11:01 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Thanks,
Have you use a specific methodology?
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Applying it and succeeding at it are two different things. I am yet to see agile fully implemented, successful and (most importantly) an ongoing priority in construction industries, but if someone can demonstrate it I would love to see it. Remember my criteria: "fully implemented (across each industry's sectors), successful, and an ongoing priority" as a framework.
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1 reply by Vincent Guerard
Nov 22, 2017 11:03 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Sante, have you seen many project in IT do it/
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Vincent -

The wording of the original values and principles from the Manifesto for Agile Software Development can be slightly modified to address any type of project.

Specific methodologies and the practices within them might be relevant to only specific project types, but even those can be adapted.

For example, pairs programming is obviously a software development-focused practice, but it is just one type of non-solo work which could be applied to any industry.

Coincidentally, I'm just in the process of creating the content for a new one day course my company will be offering early in the new year titled "Applying Agile to Non-Technology Projects".

Kiron
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3 replies by Sante Vergini, St├ęphane Parent, and Vincent Guerard
Nov 19, 2017 4:06 PM
Sante Vergini
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Will you be able to share that course Kiron, or will it be IP for the company? Perhaps modified?
Nov 19, 2017 6:49 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Will love what you can share of the course.
Nov 20, 2017 9:58 AM
St├ęphane Parent
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Perhaps you would consider doing a webinar here, based on the course?
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Nov 19, 2017 12:31 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Vincent -

The wording of the original values and principles from the Manifesto for Agile Software Development can be slightly modified to address any type of project.

Specific methodologies and the practices within them might be relevant to only specific project types, but even those can be adapted.

For example, pairs programming is obviously a software development-focused practice, but it is just one type of non-solo work which could be applied to any industry.

Coincidentally, I'm just in the process of creating the content for a new one day course my company will be offering early in the new year titled "Applying Agile to Non-Technology Projects".

Kiron
Will you be able to share that course Kiron, or will it be IP for the company? Perhaps modified?
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Nov 19, 2017 6:19 PM
Kiron Bondale
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Unfortunately it will be the intellectual property of our company so the only way to benefit from it would be to come visit us in the Great White North and take the course :-).

Kiron
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