Hybrid Approach Project Management Certificate

Is your organization having trouble making the transition from Waterfall to Agile Project Management/Product Development? There is an answer for this-it’s called “Hybrid” Project Management. There is a way to utilize the best Agile processes have to offer with minimal impact on the culture of the organization.

This two-day hands-on Certification class teaches students the concepts and intentions of Agile methods and how to maintain the value-adding parts of Waterfall or traditional Project Management practices.

This energetic and interactive course explores the many ways to blend the best of both, but WGA’s recommendation is to apply Agile thinking at the onset of the project as requirements are gathered and validated, and to apply Waterfall planning in generating project plans. Agile techniques can then be folded into the execution of projects.

Participants will apply principles taught in a class project thus bringing the Hybrid approach to life. Teams will report on their class projects so all can benefit.

Certificate enrollment fee includes the course textbook, certification exam fee, and a set of Hybrid Project Management templates.

No prerequisites necessary.

Hybrid Approach Project Management Certificate students are eligible for 12 PDUs for Project Management Institute (PMI) certification.

What You Will Learn


Hybrid Approach Project Management Certificate

2 Day Hybrid PM Certification Course Curriculum

Day 1
• Course Introduction
• The objectives of Waterfall
• The objectives of Scrum
• The objectives of Hybrid


  • Agile mindset for product concept w/waterfall-ish planning and execution
  •  The traditional mindset for product concept w/Agile planning and execution

• Hybrid Team Roles (TPM, PM, PMT, Team members (hardware and software)
• Team Formation
• Release Planning
• Product Owner development of Vision and initial Requirements

  •  PO assessment of likelihood of changing requirements during design, development and deployment

                       This speaks to the need for DFQ(Quality), DFC(change), DFM(mfg), DFI (integration) Design for field upgrades/retrofits

• Selection of sprint/iteration tactics

  • Hardware and Software teams and considerations
  •  Hybrid HW/SW joint Design Reviews
  •  Mock ups developed by HW (4 seat grouping for each class) in a “sprint”
  • Joint   Design   review   for   HW   and   SW   where   HW   shares requirements   and   why   they   are   requirements   and   can physically show the mock ups. The SW developerswill use the same mock ups in the same design review to discuss how that are designing software forthe functionality at the seat (cockpit controls  for   safety   lighting,  emergency  floor  lighting,  etc, interface design for entertainment centers at each seat)

•     Hybrid User Story creation (custom AR process)- “As a…I want…So that…” seemed monotonous to some in the Agile class.
•     Backlog Grooming

  •   The mechanics of managing HW and software backlog at the product and team levels   

•     Sprint Planning

  • SW sprints with parallel and perhaps longer H/W cycles

Team building activity-

  •  Team building exercise. Break into rooms- execute a team building exercise for 15-20 minutes
  •  Team building activity- Select a class project exercise based on AR actual project scenario


Day 2
•     Hybrid Day to Day operations

  • Stand ups for HW/SW may be once per week?
  •     Develop an agenda for a stand up
  •     Develop objectives for the stand up

•     Retrospectives – making them productive

  •   Learning to accept feedback as a team/individual

•     Hybrid Tools

  •   Microsoft Project Scrum boards

•     Reporting/Velocity

  •   Hybrid Velocity

•     Goals and Milestones
•     Scalability- The Spotify model
•     Class project

  •   Create vision statement
  •   Identify all Features for Release 1 (MVP)
  •   Iteration plan

•     Certification Exam
•     Graduation ceremony


Instructor Bios


Hybrid Approach Project Management Certificate

  • Mark Hall

    Mark Hall is a chief executive with thirty years of experience in the aviation, semiconductor, and professional services industries. He is the President of William George Associates (WGA), an Agile and project management consulting firm, and has been training and consulting in the Project Management (PM) space for 25 years.  He has taught the PMP preparation class 160 times in the past 18 years.

    He also oversees WGA Scrum consulting services including assessments, Agile coaching, and implementations. He assists clients in dramatically improving their product development processes leveraging Scrum. For large-scale products and teams, Mr. Hall teaches and coaches the Spotify model. The Agile wave is upon us for all types of product development and Mr. Hall is intent on teaching and implementing Agile/Scrum principles that improve customer satisfaction, increase revenue and profits, and create a self-organizing culture of employee satisfaction, passion and accountability.

    Mark serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts High Technology Council. He is an alumnus of Furman University in Greenville, SC where he received a degree in Political Science and French Literature. He currently resides in Georgetown, MA with his wife of twenty years and his two children.

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