Tool: Hybrid

Hybrid is a thinking tool used to determine possible trade-offs when a constraint becomes counterproductive in the context of the organization. Hybrid is an example of concrete instantiations of Relax Constraint tool as part of broader Benefit-Constraint Analysis process that powers the evolution of Sustainable Practices.

There are three common types of Hybrid outcomes:

  1. Combination, which assumes that two models co-exist under the same roof. Example: when there is a hard dilemma, for example, between feature and component teams, for example, a combination would be the case where some teams are organized around feature areas while others around components.
  2. Trade-off, which implies that it’s none of the two extremes but instead something in between. Example: each team is neither a feature or a component team, but rather it takes care of part of the system that may sometimes deliver end-to-end functionality and sometimes only do so in collaboration with other teams in the organization.
  3. All-in-one, which is means that a single entity satisfies both constraints. Example: John isn’t a java dev or a DBA; he’s both.
  4. Extension. This is a kind of superposition of constraints, when one constraint builds on the concept of the other. Example: It’s neither a single prioritized backlog, nor a “bag” of un-prioritized things; it’s an “extension” of the notion of backlog to a vector of incomparable areas.

Applying different forms of hybrid approaches may create a completely new and unanticipated dynamic in the organization. It is a great way to innovate in terms of building better and more competitive practices that fit the organizational context.

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