Hybrid - agile waterfall
IN A DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION CONTEXT
Waterfall methodologies like Prince2 or PMI could be used as a wrapper for Agile-oriented methods. Any combination is possible. The question is: Is it necessary?
In many corporate environments the desire to be agile while staying “Waterfall” is like sirens calling.
As explained in the Scrum/Kanban section: Before using two methodologies in some sort of combination, make sure your team knows each one well enough. In our experience, when a team tries to mix methodologies, it is because the advantages – and disadvantages – of the used methodology are not well understood, or because the team or company is not ready to implement it.
Our advice is:
- Understand your team’s and company’s agile readiness
- Understand the goal and deliverables of your project
- Understand the power – and limitations – of each individual methodology
However, we have seen cases when the combination was unavoidable due to non-technical issues. For example: Headquarters in London wanted full control on a business unit in Germany. London was using a waterfall methodology, while the German offices were using an agile approach.
The solution then sometimes lies in carefully integrating