Hybrid Project Management

Hybrid project management is about tailoring predictive project management approaches and adaptive (agile) project management approaches in a logical way to maximize the value delivered by the product of the project.

Key Points to be considered while choosing the development approaches;

  • Degree of innovation – If the degree of innovation is high, then it is more suited for adaptive styles. If the degree of innovation is low, then it is more suited for predictive styles.

  • Requirements certainty – When the requirements are well known and less likely to evolve over time then predictive styles are applicable

  • Scope stability – If the scope is highly stable (changes are less), then they are more suited for predictive models.

  • Ease of change – Construction projects are not easy to change where as a web site development project is easy to change

  • Delivery options – Big bang delivery at the end of the project Vs frequent deliveries

  • Risk management – Some products need lot of upfront planning to manage the risks, where as some other products need frequent prototyping for efficient risk management

  • Safety requirements – Products with stringent safety requirements are more aligned to predictive styles as it requires lot of upfront planning

  • Regulations – Projects which are bound by compliance to regulations are more aligned to predictive styles

  • Stakeholder involvement – agile projects need high level of stakeholder involvement during the project

  • Schedule constraints – something is required urgently, even if it is a semi finished product

  • Funding availability – If the funding availability is a concern, then it is more aligned to adaptive.

  • Organizational structure – plays a major role because agile demands flat structure where as in predictive project management, there is room

The tailoring sequence

  • Select initial development approach

  • Tailor for organization

  • Tailor for project

  • Implement ongoing improvement

  • Tailoring at the performance domains

    • Stakeholders

    • Project team

    • Development approach and life cycle

    • Planning

    • Project work

    • Delivery

    • Uncertainty

    • Measurement