Construction Scrum: How to Deliver Projects Easier, Better, and Faster is the first practical guide for construction professionals to implement the Scrum framework in the construction industry.
The book is organized in three parts: Part one is a series of short stories that illustrate how Scrum works in design and construction. Part two is Felipe’s Scrum story including the Scrum values and pillars. Part three is an invitation for construction professionals to create their own Scrum playbook with the author’s insights and commentary.
“My vision for this book is to bust the myths and assumptions around Scrum and to simplify the life of construction project managers, superintendents, and field engineers. This book is dedicated to all the people in our industry who take action and make project delivery easier and better for construction today,” Felipe Engineer-Manriquez said.
“With Felipe’s partnership in Scrum Inc, a new Scrum team focusing on Scrum in construction was formed to serve the millions of men and women working to build our world. His generous contributions to this team and the growing community of Scrum practitioners continue to have an outstanding impact on transforming people’s work and lives,” Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum and CEO of Scrum Inc., said.
5 Ways to Start Using Scrum Today
1. Choose to practice patience with yourself during this experiment and do one thing at a time. Multi-tasking is a myth.
2. Commit to achieving one goal this week. Write it down and put it on the top of the Scrum board to keep it visible daily.
3. List three to five tasks that you think will help you achieve your goal. Write each task on a separate sticky note. A good practice is to keep tasks in time increments that allow you to accomplish them in one workday.
4. Prioritize the tasks in the “To Do” list sorted by priority. The first task is the most important one to get you closer to your goal. Subsequent tags in the stack visually indicate descending priority order. The bottom of the column is for necessary yet less important tasks. Tags closer to the “Doing” column are higher priority. The “Read the Scrum Guide” tag in the Sample Scrum board above would be done last.
5. Move tags from left to right. When you work on the top priority item, place it in the “Doing” column. If you get substantially interrupted or change your mind, move it back to the left. Move the action to “Done” when the work is complete for that tag.
About Felipe Engineer-Manriquez
Felipe Engineer-Manriquez is a Registered Scrum Trainer™ (RST), Registered Scrum Master™ (RSM), Registered Product Owner™ (RPO), and Registered Scrum@Scale Practitioner™ (RS@SP). The Lean Construction Institute awarded him the Chairman’s Award (2019) for contributions to the Institute and the design and construction industry as a whole. As a Registered Scrum Trainer™ (RST) endorsed by Dr. Jeff Sutherland, Felipe also co-created the Design and Construction Registered Scrum Master™ (RSM) curriculum with the Agile Education Program team. It enables RSM graduates to deliver construction project value and earn recognition in the International Registry of Agile Professionals™.
Engineer-Manriquez also leads the Lean Construction program for McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and is the CEO and Host of The Easier, Better, for Construction (EBFC) podcast.