Is Agile Project Management Applicable to Construction?

Robert Owen1, Lauri Koskela2, Guilherme Henrich3 & Ricardo Codinhoto4

1PhD ‘Candidate, Phone +44 161 295 4143, [email protected]
2Professor, Phone +44 161 295 7960, [email protected]
3PhD Candidate, Phone +44 161 295 4143, [email protected]
4Research Assistant, Phone +44 161 295 4284, [email protected]


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.


Agile, Project Management, Construction



Owen, R. , Koskela, L. , Henrich, G. & Codinhoto, R. 2006. Is Agile Project Management Applicable to Construction?, 14th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction , 51-66.

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