How Agile Can Fit in the Construction Industry
Agile methods fit along with every touchpoint in the construction project lifecycle from the earliest stage of conceptualization through post-construction quality management and improvement.
The construction project lifecycle goes through the following phases:
Agile methodologies have become the leading, and one of the most influential approaches for managing projects nowadays, especially those that require collaboration between multiple stakeholders and the customer/end-user.
Agile has been implemented in various industries, and can typically be found in IT and software development, as well as in finance, marketing, and advertising. It is also gradually starting to be more common in almost every project-related sector.
Agile methodologies are one of the leading and most influential strategies for managing construction projects from the conceptualization phase through post-construction. Agile projects succeed by creating a unique collaborative environment between multiple stakeholders, contractors, and the client/end-user.
Agile is becoming the gold standard across the project management landscape because agile project management tools are so effective at optimizing performance and driving greater efficiencies of scale and economy that save time, money, and organizational resources.
Project planning: conceptualization to kickoff
Typical construction projects are well-planned professional operations with well-planned stages executed in consecutive order. In most cases, this approach is described as the waterfall approach and it is not known for promoting continuous improvement or sustaining effective change management outcomes.
Agile frameworks improve traditional construction project management processes by optimizing the project planning and implementation phase tremendously. From designing construction zones to ordering materials, installing key infrastructure, and maintaining buildings to optimize cost savings and business value, agile processes impact every aspect of construction from the conceptualization of new projects through the kickoff and execution of the work.
Project delegating: Building teams and working groups to succeed
Construction projects organized using agile methods specify three different roles related to the execution of the task:
- Product Owner
- Scrum Master
- Project Management Team
Agility delivers the flexibility and scalability needed to transform construction workflows and improve efficiency. The scrum master is responsible for executing the implementation of agile construction processes along a development lifecycle. This is a role that can be occupied by the Superintendent responsible for coordinating the scope of work and ensuring that teams stay on task according to the agreed-upon mission strategy.
Product owners bear the responsibility of deciding how work should be prioritized. This is a role that can easily be occupied by a Project Engineer or Project Manager on a construction job site. The development team forms the rest of the contractors and laborers employed across the development landscape that is the modern construction site.
Project management: Tools of the trade
One of the most important elements of the construction project development lifecycle is the evolution of software solutions for improving performance and simplifying project management.
Project management software streamlines access to data and the control of core processes to ensure teams are well connected and can collaborate in distributed remote-first teams using stable and reliable cloud-powered services.