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Experience applying Scrum in non-software/IT industries?

Last post 11:04 am May 9, 2016 by Dennis Wang
4 replies
05:11 pm May 6, 2016


I'm interested in applying Scrum to the project development process in a non-software/IT industry. I come from the commercial solar project development world, where cross-functional team members work together to design, finance, and construct large-scale solar projects. I see substantial upside for Scrum to improve how work is done. Can anyone share any experiences/take-aways when applying Scrum to non-software/IT environments? Appreciate the insight.

Dennis W

06:50 pm May 6, 2016

I should also note, I was inspired after reading Jeff Sutherland's book on Scrum and have since obtained my CSM. However, I've been having a hard time finding practitioners outside of the software/IT world for shared experiences... Thanks for any guidance anyone can offer!

09:48 am May 8, 2016

Hi Dennis

sorry this is not going to be a short answer. We have a good deal of experience of using Agile methods in non-software environments but also believe it is not always possible or sensible to do so and explain our reasons [code]<a href="">here</a> [/code]

01:23 am May 9, 2016

I don't have any experience in applying Scrum in non-software industry but I am ready to work as a volunteer for this initiative.

11:04 am May 9, 2016

Kevin, thanks for the link - very helpful article. On point for what I've been looking for re: large capital-intensive projects, which traditionally take the waterfall approach. It makes sense that certain principles can be used/adapted while others are best left alone. Thank you for posting! (PS your PMIS site seems to be blocking user comments to your article..)

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