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Last edited 06 Aug 2019
In general, the term ‘agile’ means the ability to move swiftly and with ease. In construction, it can be used to describe items of plant that are specified for certain tasks due to being particularly capable of operating quickly and easily.
More specifically though, agile can relate to a method of project management, often known as ‘Agile construction’. This is a process developed from agile manufacturing and project management, particularly that developed by the Toyota Production System, and applied to construction with the intention of dividing tasks and activities into short work phases, allowing productivity to be measured and improved. Agile construction techniques include prefabrication and supply chain management.
Agile construction utilises real-time input from the source of the work information to measure productivity and provide feedback. This allows for changes to be made each time the process is repeated to improve upon it and remove the elements that are inefficient, unproductive or wasteful. This means that a contractor is able to rapidly adapt to changes both on- and off-site, increase accuracy, and ultimately provide better value to the client.
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