Monthly Archives: October 2012

Waterfall, Waterfall, Where for art thou Waterfall?

I’ve often had issues with the way the “Waterfall” development methodology is portrayed by the rabid (or not so rabid) agile proponents (or “Agilista’s” as I sometimes call them).  The way it’s described has never matched the way it’s practiced at my employer, or where any other BA I have spoken to has worked.  That’s not to say that some places don’t practice it that way, but that is not the fault of the methodology; any more than the frequent complaints that businesses who adopt “agile” and fail “aren’t doing it right”.

A while back I came across a couple of blog posts that triggered my research into the Waterfall method, and I wanted to pass them both on.  They are:

Rather than write a Rant about it, I decided to write up a wiki page that tries to just cover the information without too much opinion creeping in.  I have never gotten around to adding some of the final details on Waterfall variants, but the full history and mis-perceptions of “Waterfall” are covered I think.  Give it a look if you are interested.