Agile Methodologies in the Fashion Industry
Authors: Maritzol Tenemaza, Carlos Sarzosa
Abstract: SCRUM is an agile management methodology in the development of software systems. A first major problem is that production environments are re-luctant to accept agile methodologies as a guide in their processes, due to lack of knowledge in their application. Some researchers even state that the empirical evidence of the results of applying agile methodologies is still limited.Another big problem for the textile industry is its own dynamics, since fashion changes rapidly and in short periods, therefore, research, development, manu-facturing, and distribution times must also be short. Additionally, the textile in-dustry generally requires more effective solutions to address competitiveness in the globalized market.To measure the level of contribution of agile methodologies. We have consid-ered a large textile company in our country in which the Kanban and SCRUM methodologies have been applied, to control orders and production. The pro-duction was guided by the SCRUM methodology, and the process control was adapted to Kanban boards. People and processes were reorganized to control production processes. A set of production teams from the company formed the SCRUM teams. A terminology adapted to their everyday jargon was applied by readjusting both SCRUM and Kanban. It is necessary to consider that the par-ticipating group does not have knowledge of computer technology. The contribution of this document is to analyze, organize, and show how agile software development contributes to the organization of processes adopted by the textile industry. For this purpose, an analytical framework is built, to guide the production process in a visual, incremental, cooperative, and controlled way, systematizing the textile production processes. Agile methodologies and tools were applied to efficiently manage the production systems of the textile company.This proposal is useful research for small and large companies outside software development to feel attracted by agile tools and methodologies, improving the management of personnel associated with production processes.The best thing about this proposal is the inclusion of performance indicators known as Key performance indicators (KPIs). KPIs measure the behavior of a process or activity. This research will consider these types of indicators to show results on the inclusion of agile methodologies in the control of produc-tion in a selected textile industry.In conclusion, the textile production processes required a broad evaluation to be adapted to a Scrum and Kanban framework. The schemes and rules defined for the automation of the platform in the textile production process will serve as a reference framework for future implementations in textile processes. The adap-tation of the SCRUM framework allows you to reorganize the way of working within textile organizations, defining a structure and an agile work culture in the different teams of an organization. As future work, it is expected to apply other agile methodologies to production processes, to establish comparisons in terms of management and process de-velopment. The quality standards that are required to be implemented must be associated with the ISO standards of each industry.
Keywords: Agile Methodology, Textile Industry, Scrum, Kanban
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