Video: Two Powerful Reasons to Blend Agile and Waterfall

Two Powerful Reasons to Blend Agile and Waterfall

Every project is different and a “one size fits all’ approach may not always be the right way. In this Problem Solver video, Dave Prior, PMP, PMI-ACP—Agile Consultant and podcaster, explains the benefits of blending agile and waterfall techniques, to get amazing results.

Video Transcript

Hi, this is Dave Prior with another PM Problem Solver. And I've got 90 seconds to try to help you get better at managing your work.

Now, whether you're following traditional practices and using the Prince2 or the PMBOK® — or you've switched over to agile and are taking up Scrum or Kanban — you want to remember that all these processes are just tools. And at the end of the day, it's important to remain tool agnostic. Keep the focus on delivering as much value as you can for your customer and treating people like human beings. If you can do that, nobody's going to worry about whether or not you're agile.

Now, all projects include risk and some include more than others. In my practice of Scrum, I almost always include traditional risk management.

So, each week I have a risk analysis meeting and I keep a detailed risk register; because, I found that it goes a long way towards alleviating some of the stress that can crop up when you take away people's Gantt charts.

So if it helps, don't be shy about including traditional practices in your use of agile. It may help you avoid some of the potholes that can crop up on the way to agile transition.

Now, one of the biggest epiphanies I had in my traditional project management came about when I was learning about agile and I started to look at burndown charts.

Burndown charts are always focused on how much work is left. So we never stopped to ask, what percent done are you? What we always ask is, given where you are right now with what you know right now, how much work do you think you have left to do, right now? This has completely transformed the way I track work on agile projects.

So, don't ask people how much they've done. Ask them how much they have left to do.

So, just to recap, you want to mix and match tools as needed. Whatever is going to work is what you need to do. Try to remain tool agnostic. Keep the focus on delivering value for your customer and treating people like human beings. That's what it takes to be a master of your craft.

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