Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Epic indictment of Waterfall Methods

Saw this recently.

I think this aptly summarizes the results of a waterfall methodology.
  1. You wrote a lot of requirements, not fully understanding the actors or their use cases.
  2. Your vendor implemented those requirements because they were contractual obligations not because they created value for the actors.
The government's not the only offender.  They're just more visible and more bound up in a legally-mandated purchasing cycle that makes the waterfall desirable and more Agile methods undesirable.