Agile Design Management – the Application of Scrum in the Design Phase of Construction Projects

Selim Tugra Demir1 & Patrick Theis2

1Project Partner and Head of Lean Design Management, Drees and Sommer, Untere Waldplätze 37, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany, selim-tugra.demir@dreso.com
2General Manager and Partner, Drees & Sommer, Untere Waldplätze 37, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany, patrick.theis@dreso.com

Abstract

Design phases of construction projects are usually planned and executed using the waterfall model. This type of planning technique is appropriate for checking the feasibility of a project, but not necessarily for managing the work. A dynamic environment requires an iterative management system based on short cycles and rapid feedback loops in order to continuously arrive at the perfect solution. This requirement has resulted in the development of Agile Design Management, which is the adaptation of the Scrum approach into the design phase of construction projects. The goal of Agile Design Management is to increase coordination, interface management, collaboration and transparency throughout all design phases. This paper is an implementation report, also covering theoretical background. Case study data of five projects – as well as images and workshop findings – will be presented and discussed. The success achieved as well as the challenges still remaining will also be examined.

Keywords

Agile, agile design management, Scrum, lean design, waterfall model

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Reference

Demir, S.T. & Theis, P. 2016, 'Agile Design Management – the Application of Scrum in the Design Phase of Construction Projects' In:, 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Boston, USA, 20-22 Jul 2016.

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