The year 2022 has passed, and with it, a year that saw the world constantly learning, unlearning, and relearning things out of necessity rather than choice, particularly due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is now 2023, and changes in all sectors will continue at an unprecedented rate. We all know that the digital world is evolving in a disruptive way, and the areas of development and project management must keep track of all these updates and begin considering their relevance and functions with a strategic and creative digital mindset. We must comprehend and anticipate the needs and desires of end users, as well as apply new digital solutions to project management.
The market must keep up with the rate at which the world consumes information, and it is clear that changes are arising and spreading. Project management methodologies are expected to gain a disruptive edge this year. IT projects will continue evolving from a very traditional Waterfall model to a more Agile one, becoming even more hybrid-modeled.
Hybrid approaches to project management emerge and shine. The figures are gradually changing. According to a recent report on global trends in project management, only 26% of respondents said their companies have an established project methodology (Agile or Waterfall), with 39% using a combination of the two. It is worth noting that 18% said they use more than one approach within a project, and 17% said they don’t have a set methodology.
How do you manage a hybrid project?
Hybrid project management, also known as blended project management, combines Waterfall and Agile methodologies to create a process tailored to your team and projects.
This hybrid approach is popular among project managers who are frustrated by the limitations of a single methodology. With an Agile-Waterfall hybrid model, you can develop your successful recipe. Choose the best ingredients from the Waterfall and Agile methodologies and combine them to suit your team’s project preferences.
Because there are no hard and fast rules, you can experiment with your process. It is fine if one project relies heavily on software development while another does not! Adapt your hybrid approach to each new project, and continuously improve your process.
Why go hybrid?
To begin, consider the advantages of blended project management. It gives us the best of both worlds and enables project managers to leverage the strengths of their various approaches while also understanding their weaknesses or potential pitfalls.
This year’s promised project management software approach is expected to include significant gains in improving product delivery. It will determine how companies and organizations will perform in a competitive landscape and answer questions such as “How will projects involve business strategy implementation?” or “How will projects fulfill requirements, meet deadlines, manage teams, and be flexible with new ways of working?”
Scrum Masters use a variety of strategies to solve complex problems in multi-project environments. We can combine traditional and agile approaches with hybrid project management. Implementing hybrid models centralizes all communications, projects, people, and tasks while aligning with business objectives.
A New Way of Thinking?
Digitalization projects in 2022 entailed rethinking how to automate workflows, insights, and analytics and consuming and integrating new technology. In 2023, technological advancements will amplify project management trends even further.
Many advanced project management solutions will be available. These solutions will be game changers in project planning, execution, and control by emphasizing AI automation and implementation. They will play a role in project management by utilizing Agile adaptable methodologies with a lean mindset to achieve transparency and productivity.
AI-powered automation makes more accurate decisions, resulting in more successful projects. It enables teams to identify critical factors to improve the planning stage and reduce unnecessary costs and risks.
When it first appeared (in the early 2000s), Agile was a ground-breaking solution combined with various approaches to understanding how technology and organizations would absorb and react to it. Agile has added enormous value to management processes, resulting in advancements in project planning and execution for IT-related projects.
We are shifting from traditional process juxtaposition management to other paradigmatic approaches. The “either-or” mindset (Waterfall versus Agile) had to give way to a more hybrid one.
And how does it affect our company’s outlook? To begin with, the delivery team projects we are currently managing have the potential to be hybrid rather than just Agile. Even though we work in an Agile environment theoretically, our processes at BairesDev suggest using both structures. It has assisted our organization in meeting objectives and optimizing the profitability of new projects.
We can provide and recommend best practices for governance and software development life cycle (SDLC) processes to our clients by combining these structures, metrics, and mindsets. As a result, our projects can provide value and effectively manage IT-related business.
Although our company faces numerous challenges, we are successfully proposing new solutions to our clients and applying our expertise on how to adapt and iterate our process with assertiveness when and where it is required. We want to be the best in the business.
The challenge is real, and so far, we have excelled in this battle. New methodologies will emerge, and I believe in Techzir Solutions and its distinct approach to innovation. It is and will always be prepared to face the future and the changes that will enable us to raise the bar and set new industry standards.