Traditional or agile alone won’t cut it: why you need a hybrid approach

Running an organization used to be simpler–at least when it came to choosing investments you should make. All your mandatory investments – in things like infrastructure and operations—kept things moving and were typically no-brainers. Then you had your discretionary investments – projects. Departments came up with a list of discretionary projects they wanted to deliver, and the ones deemed the best for the business were approved for delivery. Of course, that’s when things got harder and trickier. No matter how much care and attention went into the project approval and prioritization process, teams struggled to deliver the projects properly.
There were shortcomings such as delays, cost overruns, failures, and gaps in delivering everything that was approved.
Better outcomes with Agile management
Then along came the Agile methodology–an approach designed to address all those shortcomings by completely reimagining how those discretionary investments would be delivered. Instead of all the bureaucracy and overhead that came with traditional project management methods, including waterfall, Agile management favored getting on with the work and collaborating with the customer to improve the solution throughout the development process. And it worked. Over the last 20 years, Agile has become a major approach to delivering work, often in less time and with better outcomes than traditional approaches. It wasn’t always the right way to deliver all work, but for many organizations, the combin

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