The concept of Agile project management refers to an iterative, incremental approach to managing the design and development of a product, service or result. The goal of this approach is to use it to manage the project in a way that is very flexible and interactive with the customer and/or end user, resulting in added value to the business.
The concept of Waterfall project management refers to the use of a number of tools and techniques. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) details 5 process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing. As per the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition, there are 49 processes entailed in these 5 process groups, which are focused on enabling project teams to deliver products to a pre-determined and agreed requirements/ specification.
The selection of the most appropriate project management approach has, historically, been a choice of “either/or” when it comes to these two approaches. It is now becoming clear that for many projects, the selection of a single project management approach does not satisfy the efficiency of the project team nor does it optimize the return on investment for the sponsoring organization. A different strategy is needed.
"Managing Agile and Waterfall Projects" presents an approach to project management which capitalizes on the most appropriate elements of each approach, tailored to the specific project being undertaken. In this course, the Waterfall approach will be based on the PMBOK® Guide (predictive life-cycle). Each approach will be presented to highlight its particular strategy and strengths. The course will also propose project scenarios that require the project team to use a hybrid method which brings together aspects of both approaches.