Improving the management of projects and programs using agile principles

Georgy, M 2016, 'Improving the management of projects and programs using agile principles', in M. Madbouly and A. Shihi (ed.) Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Sustainable Construction and Project Management (ICSCPM16), Cairo, Egypt, 29-31 March 2016, pp. 1-10.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Improving the management of projects and programs using agile principles
Author(s) Georgy, M
Year 2016
Conference name ICSCPM16: The 2016 International Conference on Sustainable Construction and Project Management
Conference location Cairo, Egypt
Conference dates 29-31 March 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Sustainable Construction and Project Management (ICSCPM16)
Editor(s) M. Madbouly and A. Shihi
Publisher Construction and Project Management Research Institute
Place of publication Egypt
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Abstract Historically, the traditional principles of project management were first applied in the defense and construction industries, and then propagated into the rest of industries that typically ran projects. In the 1990s, the application of these principles in the technology-driven industries, e.g. software and research and development (R&D), had encountered difficulties. This led to calls for adopting other means and more innovative paradigms for managing projects and programs in the latter industries. The paper reviews the agile principles that provided the basis for such new paradigm, which is characterized by continual change and uncertainty. The agile approach adopts incremental planning throughout the project/program execution stage. As such, the project/program plan evolves as project progresses further into execution. Afterwards, the paper introduces a popular application of the agile principle via the Scrum methodology. While agile and Scrum gained acceptance in a number of industries, the construction industry has been hesitant due to contractual constraints, amongst other reasons. Nonetheless, some of the more notable projects in the construction industry had practices that align with the known agile principles. The paper reviews Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 as an example of a project where some of the agile principles were employed. A discussion follows with the limitations of applying agile principles in construction projects and/or programs and instances where they can contribute to more efficient job delivery.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
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