Instantask: Designing a Visual Application for Enabling Agile Planning Response

Emile Daou1, Paul Gharzouzi2, Edwin Sreih3 & Farook Hamzeh4

1Undergraduate Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, ebd01@mail.aub.edu
2Undergraduate Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, pgg00@mail.aub.edu
3Undergraduate Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, ers08@mail.aub.edu
4Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 406E Bechtel, American University of Beirut, Riad El-Solh 1107 2020, Lebanon, fh35@aub.edu.lb

Abstract

In modern construction projects, reliable planning is of paramount importance. However, despite good planning practices, new tasks not mentioned on the lookahead schedule frequently appear during the week of execution. These new tasks are an added burden to the work plan and will ultimately impact construction workflow. The purpose of this paper is to introduce the concept of “Instantask”, as a mobile application addressing this problem. “Instantask” attempts to facilitate an agile response to these unplanned tasks by making them visible to its users as soon as they are noticed and recorded. The users represent all concerned project participants: managers, site engineers, foremen, and tradesmen. The proposed application aims at enhancing fast, clear, and effective coordination between users to mobilize the action plan needed to address these new tasks on site. Additionally, the application will track and document the emergence of these tasks to improve future planning activities. The paper presents a prototype user interface of the application. The benefits of using “Instantask” are tested by conducting a social network analysis comparison via SocNetV. The paper highlights that firms already adopting lean construction practices or those companies in the beginning stages of implementing them would greatly benefit from this application.

Keywords

Instantask, visual management, new/emergent tasks, lookahead, Last Planner System

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Daou, E. , Gharzouzi, P. , Sreih, E. & Hamzeh, F. 2015, 'Instantask: Designing a Visual Application for Enabling Agile Planning Response' In:, Seppänen, O., González, V.A. & Arroyo, P., 23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Perth, Australia, 29-31 Jul 2015. pp 23-32

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