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Cyndi Synder Dionisio - Agile and Scrum 2023 presenter - Back by Popular Demand presentation
Back by Popular Demand

Outcomes over Outputs: Blending Project Approaches to Deliver Value

Cyndi Snyder Dionisio

Project, Program and Portfolio Management Lead
International Institute for Learning (IIL)

About the Presentation

Hybrid project management is here to stay. It is no longer sustainable to be an expert in waterfall methodologies, without some skills in Agile, or vice versa. To deliver value in this fast-paced business environment we need to merge these two ways of working. The best project practitioners tailor their leadership approach to meet the needs of the deliverables, the environment, and their stakeholders.

Both waterfall and Agile methods rely on process. With waterfall you might have detailed scope definition, robust schedules, and rigorous change control processes. With Agile you might focus on three stand-up questions, iteration planning, demonstrations, and productive retrospectives. Process is great, but we have to move beyond following a process without questioning if it is the most effective way to deliver value. That’s the beauty of hybrid project management. Hybrid project management is about delivering value, not following blindly following process.

Key Takeaways

  • Identify variables to determine the best approach for delivering your project.
  • Learn hybrid approaches for organizing and prioritizing scope.
  • Gain three options for blending waterfall and adaptive schedules.

About Cyndi Snyder Dionisio

Cyndi Snyder Dionisio is the Practice Lead for Portfolios, Programs and Projects at the International Institute for Learning. She has over 25 years of project management experience leading international teams of project professionals. Cyndi is passionate about turning chaos in order, engaging with awesome teams, solving problems, and facilitating achievement.

Ms. Dionisio has extensive experience in training, facilitation, and consulting in the commercial and government sectors. She has written over a dozen books on project management, including PMP prep, project management templates and hybrid project management.

In addition to holding a master’s degree in business, Cyndi’s certifications include PMI’s Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Cyndi has received several awards, including PMI’s Distinguished Contribution Award and being named a PMI Fellow in 2018.