Join us for this live webinar, “Mixed Methodologies: Choosing between Agile, Waterfall, and hybrid management,” on Wednesday, May 7 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. Register here for free. 

Jeff Latimer has seen first-hand how the two primary methodologies used by development teams — Waterfall and Agile — can sabotage a project when used alone. Jeff is Associate Director of Information Technology at Florida State University, and he’s been in the development and project management space for 17 years.

One of the pitfalls he’s seen on the Agile side is that the speed to market is such a driving force that things can get missed.

“Folks who just do agile don’t necessarily think about some of the long-term ramifications up front,” says Latimer. “They’re not always thinking about scaling and security and other factors they they may need to consider in the rush to get a product out fast to their customers.”

But on the waterfall side, there are risks as well — such as project creep and bloated features. “When you try and scope everything at the beginning, too many cooks in the kitchen can mean you can get features that nobody wants, or maybe just one person wants, and it’s easy to start chasing rabbits,” he explains. “And you can end up not focusing on the most important things first.”


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While Latimer used Waterfall when he first started out, he became a big fan of agile methodology after it was introduced, going on to become a Scrum Master. Yet, Waterfall never completely left his world. He finds that working with both methodologies achieves the best results for large, multi-faceted projects. It also helps him work internally with other teams who may not be as familar with Agile.

What he disputes is the ongoing war. “It’s not necessarily that one is better than the other,” says Latimer. “Each has its strength and each has its weaknesses.”

How to combine the best of both methodologies and exploit the strengths of each while minimizing their weaknesses is the subject of this not-to-be-missed webinar.

You may came out seeing things quite differently — especially if you’ve been a staunch advocate for one over the other. A hybridized approach may just be the new normal.

What you’ll learn:

  • The benefits and drawbacks of Agile and Waterfall methodologies
  • The pros and cons of integrating Agile and Waterfall into a hybrid methodology
  • How businesses can encourage and capture communication between relevant parties, regardless of methodology
  • How businesses should scope and measure goals and success metrics when planning a project
  • How IT can bridge the understanding gap between methodologies by providing common metrics
  • How businesses should adjust their culture to increase flexibility and communication
  • The first steps businesses should take to implement a hybrid methodology

Panelists

David Linthicum – Senior Vice President; Cloud Technology Partners
Steve Michaelis – Senior Solutions Engineer; Workfront, Inc.
Jeff Latimer – Associate Director of Information Technology; Florida State University
Rich Morrow – Principal Engineer; quicloud

Moderator

Wendy Schuchart, VB Analyst

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This webinar is made possible with the support of Workfront.