Executive Report

Waterfall Backlash

Posted May 31, 2008 in Business Technology & Digital Transformation Strategies, Business Agility & Software Engineering Excellence, Business Technology & Digital Transformation Strategies

Domain

Software development

Assertion 172:

In spite of a loudly articulated assurance from the agile community that the waterfall lifecycle is dead, it isn't.

Syllabus

Waterfall approaches, though widely belittled, are enjoying something of a resurgence. The reasons for this are at least two-fold: (1) a flight from the challenge implicit in a more agile approach and (2) a compulsive focus on predictability and accountability.

About The Author
Tom DeMarco
Tom DeMarco is a Cutter Consortium Fellow. He served on the Editorial Board of Cutter IT Journal (now Cutter Business Technology Journal) for more than 2 decades. Tom has been a frequent keynoter and moderator at Cutter Summits. Mr. DeMarco is a principal of the Atlantic Systems Guild. He was the winner of the 1986 Warnier Prize for "lifetime contribution to the field of computing" and the 1999 Wayne Stevens Prize for "contribution to software… Read More
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The Cutter Business Technology Council identifies emerging trends in digital technology, and in the marketplace. Its members, business and IT specialists whose ideas have become important building blocks of today's digitally-connected global economy, offer the advantage of experience, eloquence, independence, and prescience in their Council Opinions and onsite in your enterprise.
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The Cutter Business Technology Council identifies emerging trends in digital technology, and in the marketplace. Its members, business and IT specialists whose ideas have become important building blocks of today's digitally-connected global economy, offer the advantage of experience, eloquence, independence, and prescience in their Council Opinions and onsite in your enterprise.
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