Agile vs Waterfall – Pros, Cons, Best Suited for [#AgileVsWaterfall #AgilePros #AgileCons #AgileBestSuitedFor]
- Development is rapid yet flexible.
- Due to the short iterative sprints and a focus on quality, teams are able to identify and fix defects much faster than waterfall.
- Various small teams can be assigned different tasks that may not hold up different aspects or phases of development.
- Iterations allow for rapid product changes to be made during development, as needed.
- Although the cycles are more formal and sequential, the lengthy and ordered processes are easy for small and large teams to navigate.
- Set development cycles can provide more stability for new teams starting out.
- Project requirements are established at the start, making project execution less complex and with fewer moving targets.
- The full project is budgeted and resourced from the start making expectations and risks easier to manage.
- Agile requires a Scrum master who is experienced with sprints and who is not easily flustered due to the fast nature of iterations.
- Customers may tend to get frustrated with many requests to review changes.
- If teams are not well-organized or self-governing, agile may present issues for remote teams located in different parts of the world in varying time zones.
- Development is slower and less flexible due to its sequential nature and is dependent on the completion of the previous phases.
- Issues are usually only discovered later in the testing phase.
- Requirements are determined and approved at the start of the project. Scope changes are less likely to be an option.
|Best suited for
- High-performing software development teams, especially in the software development niche.
- Organizations focused on high-quality deliverables and continuous improvement, especially if quality aligns with their value proposition or competitive differentiator.
- Large and complex companies such as IBM, Cisco, AT&T, and Microsoft streamline their processes and respond to changes faster using agile.
- Project teams that regularly work closely with their customers and other external parties.
- Teams that need quick feedback about deliverables rather than waiting until a project is fully complete.
- Teams that need a more predictable and sequential project timeline and have a fixed budget.
- Less experienced project teams.
- Companies with a lower tolerance for change or risk.
- Companies whose customers are limited by time and resources and cannot collaborate frequently.
- Simple projects with simple requirements.
- Projects that have the luxury of longer timelines.
Agile vs. waterfall: Project methodologies compared