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Event Report: Hybridization Tear Down the Wall Between Agile & Waterfall

Geetanjali Bhat
Author: Geetanjali Bhat, PMP

Today every company is a software company, and to be competitive in today’s marketplace, companies need to deliver products and services faster and better than competitors.  Companies have been using the Agile Framework in their own ways, for a few years. This evening event gave me a new perspective and insights on how we can use Hybridization between Agile and Waterfall. Today’s keynote speaker Mr. Stéphane Derouin is President (and founder) of PMI France Chapter,  founder of PMGS , a company dedicated to Project Management Training and also consultant. He not only brings great experience in Agile and WaterFall concepts but is also a founder & President of a think-tank on Hybrid. With such an impressive profile, I was very excited to listen to this talk!

Every Organization today is incorporating Agile in their own ways to successfully deliver products. 

For PM traditional approaches such as Waterfall delivery of anything less than 100% of project requirements is seen as a quality failure, but in Agile, quality of the solution or solution increment is judged against it meeting the customer needs. Using different tools & techniques, it becomes easier to achieve a better solution. 

Agile has 20 methodologies, with Scrum being the most popular. But the question here is if Agile methods are enough? If we analyse the different approaches to manage a project, what are they?

  • Waterfall
  • Hybrid
  • Agile

We definitely hear and know about the Waterfall and Agile approaches. But what is Hybrid and how can we do it?

Hybridization meant first values and mindset. One can define it as a new spirit of agility that is being added to Hybridization - an agility to manage complexity. 

With a musical illustration , if a waterfall model is used, it sounds like a symphonic orchestra, and with Agile methodology, it’s like modern jazz. But when we use a Hybridization of both it's like rock ‘n roll.

The Hybrid Model integrates the Servant Leadership Model. The five primary duties of performing as servant leader in this role are: 

  • Shield the team from interruptions
  • On board the team and create dynamic
  • Remove Impediments to progress
  • Re(communicate) project vision 
  • Carry all necessary support

All in one, we can say tailoring is required as every project is unique in its own ways. Tailoring should be selecting the appropriate project management processes, techniques and tools which makes it Hybrid. Competing constraints like risk, quality, scope, cost, resources and schedule should be addressed. 

This makes us further question: “Can Hybrid be used in Portfolio level too?”  If we select the right method for the right project, we can derive at right solutions too.

Hybrid Project Management is how we can integrate Agile and Waterfall in any one of the following ways:

  • Deliver with Agile only with Waterfall Governance
  • Deliver in Agile and Waterfall Sequentially
  • Deliver in Agile and Waterfall parallelly

As a listener, I would like to summarize that Hybrid Methodology can be run as a process and a transformation journey where applied from Project kickoff to delivery, we can meet the right solutions at the right time for a successful Project delivery.

My PMI Journey as a Mentor

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Author: Monika Keller, PMP

I passed the PMP exam in 2014 and could take on more complex projects in the company I worked for. At the end of last August, I quit after 13 years as a Senior Project Manager and am now teaching project management to PMI standard at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and I have founded my own company, 3C Keller, to share best practice in project management across industries; consult, coach and communicate with organizations and teams, enabling them to complete projects successfully.

Moreover, having been a mentor in the PMI mentoring program since spring 2019, I have had the chance to test and sharpen my coaching and mentoring skills. My mentee was very grateful and she is now registered to take the PMP exam herself. I am very proud of her.

I truly enjoy having mentees and being part of the mentoring team at PMI Switzerland. Learning about other people’s companies and the difficult situations arising in their areas as a project manager are so exciting and remind me a lot of what I have experienced myself working in an international company with a great deal of change and reorganizations. It is so rewarding to share know-how and give back to the profession. This builds relationships that will last long after the mentorship will be over.

If you are interested in our mentoring program, check and apply here


Newsletter Editorial February 2020

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Author: Carlos Martinez Arteaga, PMP

Dear members and newsletter subscribers,

Well... it's time to say until next time :). This will be my last editorial for a while.

I has been almost 3 years of doing editorials for our Chapter's newsletter and I feel that I would like to do something else, not sure what, but different, and I also need time to think on what to do...

I have shared with you some of my thoughts, personal matters and in some cases things that you should not miss.

The editorials were written in different parts of the world, different timezones, on a bed, in a quiet room, at the beach...

It has been quite rewarding, as I had never before written an editorial, and in the end I got the hang of it, at least words came out easily.

We are in a double year, 2020, this can mean only that whatever we do this year will impact others twice as much.

There I leave it! Until next time.



Message from the Board February 2020


Author: Philippe Soupart, PMP


Dear Members and Newsletter Subscribers,

Few days ago, on February the 6th, the Annual membership Meeting took place in Zürich in the very modern Swiss Re building. It was a very nice evening, and as always very well organized by our Events team.

We had a speech from our CEO, Sunil Prashara on “Powering the Project Economy”. Sunil is a great leader and he gave some good hints on the future of the profession, some positive energy, and some advices on where to orientate our future.

We had the opportunity also to welcome on stage the new board formed for 2020. This year many board members were reaching the end of their term and gave the opportunity for others to bring new fresh ideas. The 2020 board is now composed of six members. Compared to the ten we were before, this is a major change.

During the elaboration of the roles distribution we had two main optimization ideas:

  • To group some similar departments.
  • To create committees to run those ones.

So Events, special events and social goods were merged together to form the Events committee who will provide one of the most important deliverables of our chapter. 

Communications, marketing and sponsorship has also been merged to one committee regrouping all those activities requiring the same type of skills.

Membership and Volunteers departments were also merged into one committee.

The idea behind committee is to share the workload and spread the knowledge to bring redundancy on board. Too many time we were facing one member having trouble and the other had difficulties to help.

With this setup, we will ensure a full power management board and we believe we will be able to place more interesting work to the directors and volunteers.

Finally the AMM has seen a panel of non-members, members, volunteers and Board members on the stage for an interview providing ideas on what others are experiencing being around PMI.

Speaking about experiences, I was particularly enjoying the fact that the PM conference team - just formed to deliver the PM conference in September - made such a great event. A successful story recognised by the volunteer of the year award.

I was returning back home with plenty of new contacts, stories, experiences bringing a new bunch of energy on my PM life. I’m really hoping to all of you who were there that you had the same positive feeling.


Philippe Soupart

your VP Operations

Message from the Board January 2020

 Agata Czopek

Author: Agata Czopek, PhD, PMP

It is with the greatest pleasure that I would like to invite you for upcoming Annual Membership Meeting on February 6th in Zurich. This year the event will be very special – for the first time in PMI Switzerland history we will have a PMI President and CEO on stage. Sunil Prashara will be our special guest and keynote speaker on the topic of “Powering the Project Economy”. From my personal interaction with Sunil I have to assure you that he is a very kind and approachable person, great speaker and a very good listener. I encourage you all to take this opportunity to speak with Sunil, ask questions about PMI future and share your needs when it comes to development of the profession. Knowing details of the event I assure you that we will have a lot of good humor and inspiring discussions. The event is free for our Members and is organized in a beautiful location just at the lake side.

Hope to see you there!

Agata Czopek, VP Social Good