A hybrid car uses several energy-sources to transport you safely from point A to point B. Similarly, the Half Double-model is the hybrid vehicle of project management – it creates progress in your projects using the best of traditional and agile project management.
If you are struggling with creating focus and direction in your project, the hybrid project model from Half Double can be your ‘aid package’. Just like with a hybrid car, the hybrid project model uses energy from several sources, like the agile world and the classic project approach, and combines these with an active leadership initiative.
One of the especially appealing things about Half Double’s agile hybrid model, is that you can use it without starting a big agile transformation and restructuring your everyday working life. Over the last year, we have seen how our costumer’s projects have benefitted from this Half Double approach. And we have heard several people talk about their positive experiences with completing projects using a combined approach, where selected agile elements are put into play with classic project methods.
Visibility creates focus
Our customers point out, that Half Double helps them gain an active focus in their projects – both with the project owner and the team. Here, the use of whiteboards and other visual tools that create closeness to and visibility of the deliverables, is essential. This impacts the deadlines of current project and also the overall overview of the project.
Several state, that this contributes to avoiding a snowball effect on accumulating delays, as it is an implicit part of the agile approach, to handle any delays and challenges immediately and not wait until big inductions or rollouts.
The visual tools from the agile world create transparency within the project’s plans, which means, that you can quickly make yourself acquainted with the plan. This forms a contrast to the widespread MS Project plans, which can often only be understood by the project manager who created it, and not by those who actually have to carry out deliveries or make sense of connections.
What is the impact of the hybrid project model?
We have many tangible examples of positive experiences using the hybrid project model with customers and for projects:
More clarity and openness around roles and responsibilities, as it is incredibly transparent, which deliverables are being worked on and who has to contribute
Closer collaboration and more open communication, facilitating prompt feedback
Faster and clearer decisions, as the project owners typically gain a better visual overview and understanding of the project, through the use of the visual tools.
What does the hybrid consist of?
Just like a hybrid car consists of fundamental parts like four tires, a steering wheel and coachwork etc., the hybrid project model also consist of a number of fundamental parts. Below we have outlined what we believe are the central principles and tools, which are used within the hybrid