Is Agile project management applicable to construction?
While the Agile methodology was initially designed for software development, it can be applied to nearly any large scale project in any industry, market, and company, including construction.
Agile project management dictates that you first think of a project at the strategic level, and then break it down into the tactical level. This practice of breaking a project down into bite-sized chunks helps ensure frequent and consistent delivery. It also enables you to structure any project to be more flexible and adaptive to changes.
For instance, imagine your project is to build a single-dwelling house, and it’ll take four months. You can easily break this schedule down into two- to four-week sprints (or intervals). Perhaps the first sprint will be preparing and laying the foundation. The second sprint will involve constructing the rough framing, and so on. By planning and focusing on one sprint at a time, the project remains flexible to unexpected changes such as a sudden snowstorm or the buyer requesting a redesign of the kitchen.