Hybrid project management – The skills and frameworks for project managers for the next decades
But how can a project manager improve his competence for the future? Which framework can we use? Waterfall, Agile, Hybrid, AI?
The way I see the future of project management
You surely know that agile frameworks alone are impractical for long project durations and for large teams as well. It lacks the structures to achieve long-term goals where a step-by-step product delivery is not possible (e.g. in construction industry or manufacturing industry). On the other hand, the Waterfall model itself is not good at adapting to change, especially in the software development industry where a working product is not produced until the end of the project. In this case, we can use a hybrid concept to eliminate the weaknesses of both existing frameworks. Blending Agile with Waterfall makes it easier to adapt throughout your project, and moreover, a project team can work more efficiently whenever a project manager or the project team encounters problems throughout the project life cycle. In fact, the right approach is most important for a successful project result.
By adopting a hybrid approach, we can use the traditional waterfall model as a structure for projects and the agile framework for project or product delivery, as by blending working technologies, a project manager can always manage the projects in a complex world and environment. This is an important thing to understand for both a successful project manager and the project team when it comes to projects in a complex environment.
So, we can say, that these are all benefits of the hybrid approach, but at the same time there are many challenges to overcome, which include:
- People and organisations have to change their mind-set and adapt their working style.
- Conflicts and disturbances arise at an organisational level due to opposing conceptions of these frameworks.
- It takes time to learn new methodologies and its practical implementation.
Yet we want the flexibility of Agile and need the reliability of Waterfall. Hybrid project management can give us the best of both. As project managers, it is our duty to expand our horizons and get the big picture of the projects.
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