The Project Manager
The architect of the project plan will guide and monitor everyone along the way to stay on course within the defined scope and project timeline.
The PM's Buffet to create a hybrid
- Function Lean by eliminating waste and looking for ways to add value. Always ask why? Why is it done that way? Can we implement this change to improve the process? Lean is a mindset and discipline. Live it to be efficient.
- Be Agile by being quick, adaptive, resilient, and flexible with the appropriate course of action to take.
- Follow the linear path of a Waterfall with the flexibility to go back and forth on the waterfall as needed when changes are required. The main point is a defined beginning and end. The project manager is your guide to reach the destination by satisfying the project requirements.
The Project Flow
Teams need to complete their tasks on time or ahead of schedule when it is a dependency for another team to start their tasks. Always keep the project flow in mind on how one team affects the other teams.
Business Analyst Team
Gather the project requirements to create the Business Requirements Document that will be the primary work in progress document for the project teams to update and refer too. Define all the key delivery dates in the BRD to monitor milestones.
Design / Development Team
Update the BRD with the technical specifications. The technical specifications in the BRD will be assigned to programmers.
Quality Assurance Team
Validate the work performed by the programmers to ensure that the introduced modifications to the system satisfies the project requirements defined in the BRD. Always perform regression testing. Test as hard as you can to try and break the system.
Tailor Lean / Agile / Waterfall to meet the approach that will benefit your organization. Take the buffet approach to create a Project Management Hybrid called the "LAW". The "LAW" hybrid is not limited to software development, it can be used on any type of project. The PM is the architect of the hybrid that will work for their organization.