I am working with a client that has decided to use Scrum for a significant construction project.
The design team runs a two week Scrum and is finding Scrum's cadence is helping them keep better track of progress AND better client interactions.
They run design validation with their stakeholders at Sprint reviews and also for Product Backlog grooming events.
There are several design teams, each has its own Sprint and Scrum wall, the Design Manager acts as overall Product Owner to coordinator the teams backlog and run a Scrum of Scrum based on the daily stand-ups.
The major challenge is that while the aim is to build a new highway, the actual product (the road) is not yet built, so the design is the actual output. This is not quite producing the real product, but the teams are finding that they discover more issues sooner and solve them sooner during the design work. The simpler overview of work also helps keep track of issues.
The client is very happy with the Scrum approach and believe it will help them achieve their tight schedule - the highway will be built in little more than one year!
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