Was the Manhattan project an Agile project? I actually think it was, but you have to broaden your thinking about how you define “Agile” in order to see that. Some people have a very narrow definition of Agile: To some people, Agile equals Scrum and if you’re not doing Scrum and doing it “by the …
Agile Non-Software Projects
This category is associated with applying Agile to non-software projects. Agile and Scrum have been heavily associated with software development and there are fairly well-established principles and practices associated with making Agile and Scrum work for a software development project.
It can be far more difficult to apply Agile to non-software projects that do not involve software development. In many cases, it is not a straightforward, mechanical implementation of Scrum and it may not even involve Scrum at all. It typically can involve a broader approach of applying Agile thinking in a very different context.
The use of Agile outside of the software development environment is rapidly evolving and not well-understood. The examples that are described in this section include:
- Applying Agile to book publishing
- Applying Agile to home remodeling
- Agile Search Engine Optimization
- The Manhattan Project
Applying Agile in these environments mainly involves a significant shift in thinking to develop a flexible and adaptive approach. It can take a lot of skill to find the right approach that blends an appropriate amount of planning and control with a sufficient level of flexibility and adaptivity to fit the nature of the project.
Please check the articles associated with this category for more detail:
This is an article on an Agile search engine optimization project I recently completed that illustrates how to apply Agile thinking to a non-software project. I’ve previously written other articles on applying Agile thinking and techniques to non-software projects (See Related Articles below) This is another article on an Agile Search Engine Optimization project I …
A number of my students have requested some case studies that show applying Agile to non-software projects. As an example, I recently completed a home remodeling project using an Agile approach. Home remodeling may seem simple and trivial; but believe me, it was not. Using Agile for Home Remodeling It is possible to apply Agile …
Many people have asked about “Applying Agile to non-software projects”. I’ve done a lot of that myself in using an Agile book publishing approach for publishing five books. I’ve also used similar techniques in designing and developing numerous online training courses. I thought I would summarize some of the techniques I’ve learned from doing Agile …