A Hybrid system development life cycle is a combination of both agile and waterfall.
So why would a company use a hybrid SDLC? Why would they combine agile and waterfall?
It’s simple really. Some companies, although not many, decide to use hybrid SDLCs so that they can benefit from both the advantages of agile and waterfall! Listed below are some of the advantages of Agile, and also some advantages of the Waterfall method:
- Revenue: The nature of the agile method is that features are delivered incrementally which means that some benefits can be seen very early on in the development.
- Speed-to-market: About 80% of market leaders were first to the market. Agile development includes constantly bringing new releases to the market, thus making the company more profitable.
- Risk Management: By undertaking developments in incremental steps the owner of the system/development can quickly spot errors or flaws and they can be fixed early to avoid costly future mistakes.
- Simplicity: Simple to implement and minimal resources required.
- High Visibility: Output is generated after each step and so the managers and IS professionals can clearly witness progress.
Below is a diagram showing a hybrid SDLC.