Project Management 2015: Agile, Waterfall, Hybrid, and the Future

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How we get work done is transforming and evolving at a rapid pace. In addition to the old school project management (PM) style of waterfall, many organizations hungry to spur innovation are in various stages of agile deployment. Other groups have moved beyond an either/or approach to a hybrid model mixing both waterfall and agile styles.

In tandem to the wide array of project management methodologies, the tool space is in a constant state of flux. To efficiently and effectively manage projects today requires a deep understanding of the options available in both the methodology and tool spaces.

What you can expect to get from this report

  • What project management trends are in play for 2015
  • An overview of Waterfall, Agile, and Hybrid PM methods
  • Strategies for using Waterfall, Agile, and Hybrid PM methods
  • The top PM tools, based on user inputs
  • How project management continues to evolve
  • Efficiencies of different PM strategies
  • Cost savings of various PM strategies
  • Concrete advice on how to mix PM strategies

How to use this report

At just over 5,000 words and around 25 pages, this report has been split into five distinct sections.

1. Introduction

We recommend you read the first part in full as it lays out the definitions we’ll use throughout the report, and details the scope of our PM survey.

2. Methodology Overview

Part two compares and contrasts the various methodologies used by companies today, and how those methodologies differ from ones used previously. If you’re well versed in the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of Agile, Waterfall, and Hybrid methodologies, you can skip right over this section.

3. Comparing the Methodologies

Part three discusses one of the most important trends in play for 2015 – the rise of the hybrid (Waterfall + Agile) approach. We discuss why this approach is seeing such dramatic uptake, and relay some statistics about its success in the wild.

4. Project Management Tools Overview

Using data from our nearly 400-user survey, we’ll relay what the popular tools are and cover brief descriptions of the benefits of each.

5. The Future of Project Management

And finally, we’ll take a peek at the future of project management, including how any changes will affect and drive corporate cultures, business hierarchies and customer interactions.