5 things Eames taught me about agile project delivery

5 things Eames taught me about agile project delivery

Recently I was reading about the creative process of Ray and Charles Eames, the couple who epitomized modern furniture design in the 1940s-60s. I was immediately struck by how many agile concepts were championed by Eames all those years ago. What we now know to be the ‘new way’ of implementing projects in-fact go back a long way.

Here are some of the agile principles that have been championed by Eames in their design process.

1) Not reinventing the wheel

To deliver on the challenges of a new project the typical team often relies purely on the brain power of the existing team members in all facets of the project. However, there are significant opportunities to leverage from various experiences either within or outside the organization. This can include:
– Previous roll out experience of this particular product/service and how employees or customers experienced this roll out previously
– How to work with particular stakeholder groups as experienced by other project team members
– The successes and failures of the approaches that others have taken in designing the project solution (either technical or process solution)
– The approaches previous project teams have taken to meet the timeline challenges and lessons learnt
– The successes and failures of other teams in implementing any learning and de