We discuss the value of ‘hybrid’ resources in change and transformation programmes

Hybrid talent has quickly come most of the most sought after in change and transformation. It’s what our clients are looking for. And often the type of roles are Analysts say they enjoy most. It seems then that hybrid talent might be the giving to organisations’ a competitive edge.

Every project needs ‘hybrid’ people who can do some Business Analysis and some Project Management, or some Analysis and some Testing. This is particularly the case with smaller projects and environments using Agile methodologies. We all know instinctively how valuable and useful these people are and that they can save time and money and deliver better outcomes in the right situations. The alternative is input from separate resources which is not efficient from a stakeholder engagement or a resource allocation perspective.

Unfortunately, too often we think about our present roles as for example ‘Business Analyst’ or ‘Project Manager’. But actually, we want someone who can do both to a good standard. There are a number of reasons for this. It can be because of the way resources are classified internally, a lack of common naming conventions in this area, or it could be down to the way people are rewarded. There is more money for the perceived specialist as opposed to the flexible, Agile, so talent are less likely to brand themselves as ‘hybrid’.

We see through our own activity recording in projects that what people actually do and what they are classified as is often much more nuanced. In reality, the hybrid resource model is much more prevalent. However, some of this use is retrospective in design and can cause problems for managers.

If you really want a hybrid resource, it’s better to look for that type of resource at the outset rather than try to re-purpose a specialist, who is not only likely to be more expensive but also much less likely to be enthused by a hybrid role. Of course, hybrids need to be multi skilled, flexible, and adaptable. And, of course, it does not mean that they can do it all. There is still room for specialists. But there are many situations in which having a team of hybrid talent will help you reach project success quickly and efficiently.