Hybrid project management is the ability to run a project using project management methodologies that support your organizational culture, speed up project management delivery, and increase solutions that satisfy project requirements and the customer. Hybrid combines traditional project management and Agile in the same project.
With hybrid, you do not need to be 100% committed to one approach. You can use the methodologies which work for your particular project and have the flexibility to use all or none of the previous methods to run the project. Use what works in your project environment.
The goal of hybrid is to deliver the project as fast as possible and allow the methodology to be secondary. When the project manager and management see the benefit of both methodologies and are willing to use whatever works in their culture and situation, hybrid has the greatest potential for success.
How do you know when to use the Hybrid Approach?
- Neither traditional nor agile methodologies work in 100% of the projects
- Some or all of the project can be run in an agile manner while reporting to traditional processes
- Some agile and traditional processes will work for this project and benefit its delivery
- Organizations have rejected one model and are putting their hopes on only one method
- The best approach is to choose the right methodology for the culture of the organization and the proposed project type
- Ability to use both approaches in the same project to streamline the process, reduce project management costs, and complete more projects
Dr. Keith Mathis is celebrating his 30th year in project management training and has seen thousands of students pass the PMP ® exam using his tips and techniques. Keith teaches project management courses for two universities as a doctoral chair and an assistant professor. He conducts project management and PMP ® training all over North America, and organizations have him return because of the phenomenal passing rate.