Applied Information Management

Project Management of Agile–Waterfall Hybrid Projects: Best of Both Worlds or Pursuit of the Impossible Dream?

The Agile software development methodology was developed in large part to address known flaws with Waterfall: the need for long lead-times for requirements, the impracticality of freezing requirements, the high cost of changes late in the project, the long wait for usable software, and its reliance on reams of tedious documentation. While Agile brought improvements, there are also inherent flaws: customers may not be able to meet the large demands for participation, scope creep is encouraged, documentation is minimal, and user acceptance testing is a continuous process. In response, many organizations are exploring the use of a blended methodology to embrace the strengths of Waterfall and Agile while avoiding the inherent flaws.

The University of Oregon Applied Information Management (AIM) Program is proud to partner with the Northwest Oracle Users Group (NWOUG) in sponsoring this lunch-and-learn. Portland IT leaders Kara McFall and Candice Quist will explore elements of a blended methodology. You will learn:

  • Strengths and weaknesses of Waterfall and Agile methodologies.
  • Key aspects of a blended model.
  • Examples of projects that utilized a blended methodology.
  • Tips for moving from your current methodology to a blended model.

Blended software development models: Best of both worlds or just the latest fad?

Date: July 21, 2016

Time: 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Location: OHSU Office, 9th Floor Conference Room, 1515 SW 5th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

Cost: No charge, enjoy a free lunch!

Kara McFall, PMP, director, AIM Program

Kara McFall, EdD, PMP is the Director of the University of Oregon Applied Information Management master’s program. McFall has over 25 years of experience in IT, including positions as regional VP of Project Management for a global website design and development company and project manager for such projects as Skymall’s first eCommerce site. She has taught project management, IT, and business topics for multiple universities. McFall is passionate about education and an avid football fan.

Candice Quist, MS, senior business systems analyst

Candice Quist is a senior business systems analyst at Nike. She has had experience in both the Waterfall and Agile project management methodologies. Quist’s current team was not utilizing any methodology so she is working to incorporate a blended approach.

Quist received her bachelor's degree in mathematics and recently received her master's degree of Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon. She also holds Scrum Master certification and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) certification.

In her spare time, Quist likes to spend time with her family, travel, ride her motorcycle, and watch football.

About the AIM Program

The AIM Program is a multidisciplinary master's degree, jointly coordinated through the University of Oregon Graduate School and Academic Extension. The program is geared toward mid-career, full-time working professionals and is designed to be completed online in two-and-a-half to three years, with an accelerated option available for faster completion.

To learn more, please contact us at or 800-824-2714.

PUBLISHED: July 8, 2016