The purpose of adopting a hybrid software development approach is to create a more effective, efficient method of software development. Hybrid software development approach might be a solution for companies that have multiple teams using different methodologies for different purposes. Unfortunately there is no one single methodology that is best for all situations.
Agile-Waterfall Hybrid: Does it work?
The software adopted by a company defines the company culture to a large extent and should also make business goals clear to all. Team members of a multi-team environment often use different methodologies and systems to measure success and file reports. The first recommended step to hybridization is to establish the business metrics and how success will be measured, this can be difficult because Waterfall and Agile have their own strengths and weaknesses and they measure success differently. The key point is that success should be defined in such way to fit both software development models and is consistent with the business goals. Needless to say that another key factor to success of either Agile or a hybrid software development approach is to empower employees to learn and facilitate change within the company.
Adopting Scrum: A Starting Point for Agile Adoption
Companies can not shift from, or hybridize a traditional software development process to Agile from one day to another. Adapting to Agile practices takes time and it is highly recommended to help teams to test every small change and thus avoid potential failures, reduce risk and cost.
Scrum is one of the easiest implementations of Agile and therefore many organizations decide to adapt Scrum as a starting point for Agile adoption. However, it is important to understand that Agile is an umbrella term used to describe any process that is focused on responding to change, whereas Scrum is a specific implementation of Agile. Other more complex implementations may be better suited to specific business models, once the basics are mastered more complex processes can be adopted later.
The key point is companies need to choose the software development method that meets their business goals. By adopting codeBeamer Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution teams can manage their entire application lifecycle no matter their development approach chosen.