Jailane Amer

Paper and Presentation: Testing Validity of Agile framework on Construction Project Management in the Middle East

Abstract: Agile is spreading! Although its origin has been in IT but recently an increasing number of forward-looking companies in different industries adopted agile techniques responding to market trends to sustain their competitive edge.

This presentation aims to demonstrate the validity of implementing the agile framework in the construction industry in the middle east arena. It will begin by a brief basic definition of agile manifesto going through some reasons and principles for using agile.

Also, one of the main objectives of this study is to understand the difference between being agile and doing agile in an iterative or sequential project management process – witnessed in the construction field. Among many agile tools, the scrum master, as one of the prominent agile tools, will be taken as an example for testing the validation in a construction project. This will be illustrated in a case study in Egypt, showing and accepting all the challenges, understanding the concerns and presenting the results.

After going through the example, the research will let us question the validation of the agile framework, should we go agile or stay by the waterfall process in the construction industry!

PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management

Biography: Born and raised in Cairo – Egypt, she graduated from Cairo University, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Engineering technology program in 2013. She conducted several studies related to project management starting 2015 with mini MBA from Cairo University, then she took her Project management professional – PMP- certification. During her Bachelor study, she attended several workshops related to sustainable architecture and environmental studies at Lincoln School of Architecture, Lincoln University, UK and she was chosen to represent Cairo University in workshops and architecture competitions at the American University in Cairo. She also participated in architectural design workshops with students from Politecnico Di Milano University, Italy at Cairo University. In 2015, she was working as a teaching assistant at the German University in Cairo for urban economics course. She worked as an architect in many reputable engineering consultant companies. In 2017, she joined a community development project as a project coordinator. This project was a collaboration between Ain Shams University in Egypt and Stuttgart University in Germany that aims to develop and turn the attention to the different hidden cultures in informal settlements. Jailane started taking interest in volunteering in social and educational reform activities. In 2019, she joined the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and participated in the project management symposium at UMD in 2019 & 2020. She is now a PMI member in Washington DC chapter and she aims to continue her academic studies in engineering management.