Hybrid Life Cycles as Transition Strategy to Agile
Many teams are not able to make the switch to agile ways of working overnight. Agile techniques look and feel very different from those who are accustomed to and have been successful in a serial environment. The larger the organization and the more moving parts, the longer it will take to transition. For that reason, it makes sense to plan a gradual transition.
A gradual transition involves adding more agile techniques to improve learning and alignment among teams and stakeholders. Later, consider adding more incremental techniques to accelerate value and return on investment to sponsors. This combination of various approaches is considered a hybrid approach.
Try these new techniques on a less risky project with a medium-to-low degree of uncertainty. Then, when the organization is successful with a hybrid approach, try more complex projects that require more of those techniques to be added. This is a way to tailor the progressive hybrid transition to the organization’s situation and specific risks and the team’s readiness to adapt and embrace the changes.