Hybrid project management – there’s no alternative for me!
And therefore, in my opinion, it can hardly lead to the desired success if one tries to rigidly commit to either classical or agile project management. The best of both worlds is a hybrid system – for me, that is the best project management method on the long run. And of course, we use it ourselves in our company
Jira and Can Do – the perfect couple
At the same time, the members of our individual teams work with a tool that is also popular with other development teams: Jira from Atlassian. In operational project management, the employees record all tasks, epics and stories as well as the status of the stories in Jira. In addition, the complexity of the stories is estimated with story points; this value is then used in Can Do to calculate the necessary capacity. In our company, the development teams work with the Scrum method and within an extremely flat hierarchy, as it is usually the case in software development.
The special feature of hybrid project management with Can Do is that it imports all data from Jira via its own interface – synchronisation takes place in real time and without further intervention by the user. Project progress and stories can therefore be viewed immediately in the classic planning environment. This allows the project manager to pass on current data and results to the stakeholders of the individual projects at any time – for example in the form of Gantt charts. An outstanding feature is the capacity planning in Can Do, which is carried out automatically on the basis of Jira's stories. This allows us to identify possible overloads in sprints at an early stage and react quickly. Strategic planning at portfolio level also works seamlessly here.
The developers of our project teams only have to deal with Jira, which is completely attuned to their agile way of working – and our project management works exclusively with Can Do, which keeps project and resource planning on track in a targeted and AI-supported manner. Meanwhile, in the background, the interface between both ensures a smooth exchange.
Can Do can also be linked to other software (e.g. SAP) via various interfaces; however, the interaction with Jira is one of my favourite features and is also a great example of hybrid project management that simply works.
Hybrid project management – for a balanced project
Agility without disorder and stringency without dogma: this combination in hybrid project management creates dynamic projects that are in balance from task definition to close-out.
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