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This is an important breakdown if your studying for the PMP certification.
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Hybrid project management is a technique where high-level project phases are planned using the waterfall approach and project phase work (actual tasks) execution is done the Agile way. (As defined by PMI.org)
It is rather easy to draw conclusions that some of the above-mentioned challenges can be “cured” by combining Agile and Waterfall into one.
The result of the combination is also logical. But achieving that combo is not easy or trivial, hence certain conventions must be established.
While there are many project management methodologies to choose from or even combine, in our humble opinion there are only two real contenders based on popularity and their inherent differences – Waterfall and Agile.
To be able to make a reasonable choice – first, we should understand the specifics of each methodology.
Before we dive into actual hybrid project management tools we need to clearly understand what is the logical way of merging these two ideologies.
This is why we provide simple examples to get you up to speed with this potentially game-changing approach. This allows you to use Kanban and Gantt charts at the same time.
First of all, we will use the waterfall approach only for high-level deadlines, deliverables, and contracts with customers:
Agree only on top-level things like final deadlines, milestones, deliverables, or classical project phases.
Identify phases of a project where Agile can come in. The rule here could be if the phase duration is longer than a month, it is worth switching to Agile.
Otherwise, just go for the classic.
Secondly, introduce Agile execution cycles for project tasks.
It is highly recommended to follow the best practices of Agile ceremonies to ensure there is a process in place to continuously raise the quality of work being done and approaches being taken.
Shortlist which is not limited to suggested ceremonies (practices/meetings):
Bonus technique from classic project management:
5. Lessons learned / broader retrospective after each project phase
Since there is this great Agile manifesto to draw a line on where to focus while working with the methodology, it would be great to do the same for hybrid project management and propose a hybrid project management manifesto:
It is about focusing on why somebody is requesting a project, and what is the expected value.
Lastly, it is about collaborating and solving impediments instead of spending time to negotiate a fine-tuned contract for all the possible outcomes.
Comparing methodologies is not easy but still, can be done side by side to the most extent.
Here you will find a comparison of methodologies on the following aspects:
The unfortunate problem that which majority of professionals undergo is that their companies are either far invested in CPM or Agile.
Resulting in tooling which is also far stretched to support one of those methodologies.
What should be the core features of a tool to support Hybrid project management?
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