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Waterfall model characteristics

What are the characteristics of the waterfall model? I mean what are the criteria that distinguishes a certain project as a waterfall project?
asked 10 years ago by anonymous

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Here are the characteristics of the waterfall model:

- The project consists of sequential, non-overlapping phases, where a phase cannot begin until the previous phase is already completed.

- At the end of every phase, there is a gate where a decision is made to allow the project to move forward or not (Stage Gate)

- Changes are controlled. Major changes are only allowed if the CCB (Change Control Board) approves them.

- The product is only finished at the end of the last phase.

- Once the project is done, the product/service enters into a maintenance phase.

- Low overhead of the methodology compared to other methodologies (such as Agile).

Note: The last point is debatable.
answered 10 years ago by TheManager (6,220 points)

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