12 Agile Principles for Engineering & Construction

  1. Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable deliverables.
    1. Customers can be internal or external
    2. Valuable deliverables means the ones which adds value to the next immediate customer. Can be drawings, prototypes, documents etc.
  2. Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.
  3. Deliver deliverables frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.
  4. Business people and engineers must work together daily throughout the project.
  5. Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.
  6. The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.
  7. Completed deliverable is the only measure of progress
  8. Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, engineers and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.
  9. Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
  10. Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of unwanted work not done–is essential.
  11. The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.
  12. At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.

The original agile principles defined are very specific to software engineering. So, I have taken the liberty to tweak it to cater to the needs of all engineering and construction teams. Wherever the term ‘software’ is used, I have replaced it with ‘deliverable’ which can be a an engineering drawing, specification, design etc. The term ‘Developers’ are replaced with ‘Engineers’. The term ‘Engineer’ must be understood as anyone who performs value adding technical work.

Abrachan Pudussery

Independent Product & Project Management Expert

Founder Director at Wrench Academy

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