Is Agile Project Management Applicable to Construction?

Robert Owen, Lauri Koskela, Guilherme Henrich, Ricardo Codinhoto

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Abstract

This paper briefly summarises the evolution of Agile Project Management (APM) and differentiates it from lean and agile production and 'leagile' construction. The significant benefits being realized through employment of APM within the information systems industry are stated. The characteristics of APM are explored, including: philosophy, organizational attitudes and practices, planning, execution and control and learning. Finally, APM is subjectively assessed as to its potential contribution to the pre-design, design and construction phases. In conclusion, it is assessed that APM offers considerable potential for application in pre-design and design but that there are significant hurdles to its adoption in the actual construction phase. Should these be overcome, APM offers benefits well beyond any individual project.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC14)
EditorsR. Sacks, S. Bertelsen
PublisherThe International Group for Lean Construction
Pages51-66
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event14th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction - Santiago, Chile
Duration: 25 Jul 200627 Jul 2006
Conference number: 14

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
PublisherInternational Group for Lean Construction (IGLC)
Volume2006
ISSN (Print)2309-0979
ISSN (Electronic)2789-0015

Conference

Conference14th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC-14
Country/TerritoryChile
CitySantiago
Period25/07/0627/07/06

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