Firstly – what exactly do we mean by hybrid project management and under what circumstances might hybrid be appropriate to enhance the likelihood of a successful outcome?
Recognition of the existence of hybrid projects (and a need for different approaches to manage them effectively) has risen following an increase in the number of organisations embarking on projects that address multiple commercial aspects. Initially projects tended to use one approach – be it agile or more traditional project management approaches to develop the key deliverables.
And that really is at the heart of the matter – project management and product management approaches are becoming confused. For example, would you want to construct your new office building using an Agile project management approach? Unlikely. But using Agile to develop leading edge technology to manage the property? Almost certainly.
And there you have it – a hybrid – combining two product development approaches in one overarching project.
Neither approach is likely to have been entirely successful in isolation but depending on the circumstances, a combination can be. To be successful this might involve the tailoring of either, or both, approaches but always should be managed by a capable project manager in partnership with an effective sponsor.
This leads onto the key issues; what are the appropriate circumstances, governance, management techniques and capabilities required to enable safe decisions and successful outcomes?