$Billion Agile: Applying Scrum Values on Large Construction Projects

Over the last 4 years Simon Orrell has been part of an experiment applying Scrum values, principles, and techniques in a domain steeped in traditional project management. Prior to starting this work, multiple conversations with the Program sponsor revealed concerns with the team's ability to focus on what’s important, resolve issues quickly, and keep commitments. Many of these issues appeared to be rooted in team dynamics and a silo’d approach to delivering work product; consequently the team decided to experiment with applying Scrum to an Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) project building $1B Natural Gas Processing Plants. The overarching message of the session is that the Scrum framework is equipped to help organizations, teams, and people solve common problems - regardless of the domain. The success of organizations, their products, and projects lies in their teams and how they work together.

By describing why and how Scrum was applied and the subsequent outcomes it is apparent that the Scrum framework is applicable and highly valuable outside of the software industry.


Simon Orrell has a background in engineering and project management and has been a Scrum Alliance CEC since 2010. He’s been working with individuals, teams, and organizations since 2004, applying agile values to help people find new ways to connect with their work and each other.

Additional Details

Come at 6pm and enjoy complimentary food and refreshments. The session itself runs from 6:30pm to 7:30pm with a question period and networking afterwards. We're in the Atrium at as soon as you walk in the front doors. Parking is free in front of the building after 5pm!

Special thanks to our sponsors Innovate Calgary for the venue, eCompliance, Quadrus Development Inc., Brightspot Consulting, Solium and Oildex for the food and refreshments.