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Mastering Hybrid Approaches
for Projects

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About this Program

Did you obtain your PMP® before January 1, 2021? If so, IIL has launched a new program specifically for you, Mastering Hybrid Approaches for Projects! This unique program provides you with structure and firsthand experience with regard to waterfall, hybrid, and agile approaches in project delivery.

IIL’s Mastering Hybrid Approaches program provides both context and practice across all aspects of the value delivery system including waterfall, hybrid, and Agile approaches.

This program provides options that span the value delivery spectrum for developing scope, estimating, managing schedules, and tracking progress. You will practice many skills, such as:

  • Organizing scope with WBS, prioritizing it with a backlog and leading the day-to-day work with a task board.
  • Integrating iterations and releases into a high-level predictive schedule.
  • Exploring servant leadership and self-managing teams.
  • Delving into leadership skills such as emotional intelligence and decision making.

By the end of this decade, we can expect 20-30 flexible project management approaches to appear. Hybrid project management will become the future of project management whereby the project teams extract the best features from each flexible approach and create a methodology that best fits the project at hand. To be successful today, project leaders need to apply critical thinking to know when to use a predictive approach, when to apply an adaptive approach and how to combine them into a hybrid approach to meet the needs of the project and the organization.

Hybrid project management will become the integration and customization of best practices into project management. By attending this program, you will be better prepared to apply agile and hybrid concepts. Stay ahead of the curve and register today!

Additional Course Info

Project managers who have earned their PMP certification. The content is applicable to any profession from process improvement, to construction, IT, and research and development. The techniques you will learn are appropriate for any size project and can be applied to both in-person or virtual teams.

  • Participants must be a Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Participants who do not have any knowledge or experience working on agile projects will be required to complete IIL’s Introduction to Agile and Scrum on-demand course (complimentary)

At the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between waterfall and Agile approaches
  • Identify the expected value and outcomes of a project
  • Complete a project startup canvas
  • Demonstrate how to select an appropriate development approach for deliverables
  • Establish a lifecycle and phases to meet the needs of the project
  • Create a project roadmap
  • Define various project roles
  • Decompose, organize, and prioritize project scope
  • Calculate effort, duration, and costs using multiple estimating techniques
  • Describe how to create an integrated project schedule using adaptive and predictive approaches
  • Discuss key leadership skills
  • Describe how to manage hybrid project work
  • Describe the role of change management and risk management in hybrid projects
  • Measure project performance using predictive and Agile techniques
  • Close a hybrid project

Getting Started

Moving from Outputs to Outcomes

  • Shifting from outputs to outcomes
  • Value delivery system
  • Project management guidelines
  • Agile values and principles

Project Origination

  • Project vision statement
  • Project start-up canvas
  • Origination roles

Planning Overview

  • Project lifecycles and phases
  • Predictive and adaptive development approaches
  • Iterative and incremental development
  • Choosing a development approach
  • The project roadmap

The Project Team

  • Hybrid team roles
  • Self-organizing teams
  • Psychological safety

Hybrid Project Scope

  • Comparing predictive and adaptive approaches for decomposing scope
  • The backlog

Project Estimating

  • Review of predictive estimating techniques
  • Adaptive estimating techniques

Agile Scheduling

  • Release Planning
  • Iteration Planning

Hybrid Scheduling

  • Hybrid scenarios


  • Emotional intelligence
  • Making decisions
  • Virtual teams

Project Work

  • Quality considerations for hybrid projects
  • Agile methods for working with risk
  • Working with change on a hybrid project
  • Learning

Measuring and Reporting

  • Predictive measures
  • Predictive schedule and cost metrics
  • Risk metrics
  • Adaptive measures
  • Intangible measures
  • Presenting metrics

Transition and Closing

  • Measure value
  • Learning from hybrid projects

Summary and Next Steps

Hear what our students have to say:

“I was fortunate to take this IIL course offering last month. The course content was fantastic! For someone like myself who earned their PMP cert using the PMBOK 6th edition but also earned a CSM and is familiar with agile methodologies, the course provided a much needed review of tools and techniques learned from both the PMP and CSM.

However, it also introduced new tools and approaches for combining predictive and adaptive methodologies for using together or in parallel with each other to encourage using the best WOW for particular portions of a project/program.

In addition, Cyndi Dionisio is phenomenal as an instructor and I consider myself fortunate that she taught this course when I attended. Overall, I think this course is excellent and a great opportunity to learn/re-learn both waterfall and agile methods as well as strategies on how to apply them accordingly.

I strongly recommend this course to any PMP and/or CSM, regardless for newer or seasoned professionals.”

– Terry George, Program Manager

Frequently Asked Questions

The project management profession has not coalesced around a standard definition for hybrid project management.  For this class, we use the term hybrid to mean a project that uses some waterfall / predictive methods and some Agile / adaptive methods. ​

You do not need a background in Agile to understand the content in this course. We offer complimentary access to IIL’s on-demand course, Introduction to Agile and Scrum, which provides you with the fundamental knowledge you should have about Agile prior to Mastering Hybrid Approaches for Projects. If you already have experience with Agile, you do not need to take the on-demand course.

If you have enough knowledge about waterfall to pass the PMP Exam, you do not need any additional background information to benefit from this program.

You may take this class if you have any of the following credentials:
  • PMP®
  • Association for Project Management Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)
  • Association for Project Management Chartered Project Professional (ChPP)
  • PeopleCert PRINCE2®
  • PeopleCert Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Practitioner
Additionally, you may take the class if you have graduate-level formal education in project management, such as a Master’s in Project Management (MPM), and more than five years of experience. If you don’t meet these qualifications, IIL’s Project Management X provides an overview of project management that incorporates both waterfall and adaptive approaches.

The PMP Prep course was designed to help participants pass an exam. It focuses on 3 domains and 35 tasks. Mastering Hybrid Approaches for Projects is focused on hands-on application of knowledge and skills so that you can effectively integrate waterfall and adaptive approaches on your projects. In this “laboratory” you will practice new methods for evolving and managing scope, integrating adaptive and predictive work into schedules, blending approaches to manage risk, and employing leadership skills across any project.

DA is a process-based toolkit for applying Agile techniques. It is comprised of 7 principles, 6 lifecycles, 5 key roles and 5 supporting roles, and 21 process goals. The certification course focuses on understanding the processes and applying the toolkit. The certification requires participants to pass an exam.

Mastering Hybrid Approaches for Projects is an application-based class that addresses the real-world needs of integrating predictive and adaptive methods in everyday work. The class is skills-based and addresses technical content as well as leadership skills such as decision-making, emotional intelligence and virtual teams.

Contact our team to check if you qualify for a discount or to discuss group pricing or training a team.
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