Software developers have a variety of options by way of lifecycle modeling for systems development, and one popular version is the waterfall model. Although this is one of the more traditional methods of moving through the various procedures, it is still a strong choice considering its simplicity and straight-forward aspects, especially when compared to Scrum, Agile and other approaches.
However, like virtually any model for completing application lifecycle management or development projects, each will fit the demands and preferences of specific stakeholders on a case-by-case basis. In many ways, the Waterfall method is an exceptional starting point, as it is known to be a bit more linear and consistent.
Benefits of Waterfall
Again, the strengths of the Waterfall model are contained within its simplicity, while the projects will be relatively circular over time. Backward mobility between the various stages are simplified, while developers will maintain a consistent process of moving through the various stages of the lifecycle.
For illustration, imagine a chain that begins at requirements definition, then goes into design and architecture, development and coding, quality assurance, implementation and finally maintenance and support toward the end. Whereas Agile would dictate that developers can move through these various stages without significant constraints, Waterfall forces consistency, which can subsequently yield more accurate project completion.
Try to think of this method as being similar to a production line, as it is highly governed and strictly maintained, with each portion of the actual project having strictly defined guidelines and deadlines. When project managers are looking for the most straightforward methods of moving through the development lifecycle, this would be the way to go.
How Modern Requirements (by eDev) Can Help
Not only will the benefits of Waterfall practices be enhanced by Modern Requirements, the disadvantages can often be avoided.
To begin, the tools contained within Modern Requirements will streamline the flow through each stage of the Waterfall, speeding up the procedures and ensuring maximum efficiency among project developers, managers and stakeholders, especially when it comes to requirements.
With increased accuracy in reporting and improved requirements definition, sharing and visualization, developers using the Waterfall method will be empowered to optimize the process.
This inherently reduces the risks of facing the pitfalls of the method, as developer teams will be less likely to need to revise apps in the lifecycle due to fewer errors and more efficient recording of requirements and procedures taken.
Regardless of which method is being used, be it Agile, Scrum, CMMI or Waterfall, developers, project managers and stakeholders will all be better positioned to complete their tasks and successfully finish projects on time with the help of Modern Requirements.