In this episode, I talk to Adriana Leotta, an applications engineering manager at Farrat, about the importance of adopting a hybrid approach of Agile and Waterfall methodologies in projects that involve both software and hardware components and how engineers can effectively work in an Agile environment while producing effective Waterfall solutions. We also discuss the difference between the role of an engineering manager and a project manager, as well as the importance of defining accountabilities, empowering team members, and the importance of trust in your team.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Adriana:
- What is the importance of adopting a hybrid approach of Agile and Waterfall methodologies in projects that involve both software and hardware components, and can you share a case study of a company that has successfully implemented this approach?
- How long has your company been using the hybrid approach of Agile and Waterfall methodologies for projects involving software and hardware components, and how does it compare to previous methods?
- How can engineers effectively balance working in an Agile environment while also producing effective Waterfall solutions?
- What does a Waterfall sequence entail and what are the standards and practices implemented in executing a Waterfall sequence?
- How do the responsibilities of an engineering manager and a project manager differ, and what is the significance of defining clear accountabilities and empowering team members in the role of an engineering manager?
- How does building trust between engineering managers and their teams contribute to the sustainable delivery of projects?
- How can defining accountabilities and goals in a company’s culture help address bottlenecks when using a hybrid Agile-Waterfall approach?
- How can aspiring engineering managers effectively lead teams through methodology evolution and what tips or advice would you suggest to help them succeed?