Friday, February 03, 2006

Waterfall Methodology Makes a Comeback!

Check out this post I discovered via link on Grady Booch's blog regarding the comeback of waterfall methodologies being celebrated at an upcoming Waterfall 2006 Conference. Register now!




For anybody who doesn't know, Grady Booch is an IBM Fellow and was founder of Rational prior to its acquisition by IBM.

The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies, or opinions.

5 comments:

Bill said...

Phil, I almost choked when I saw this conference. I couldn't believe Per and Grady had gone "over the waterfall" and given up on iterative development!

But looking closer, I realized it was I who had not seen the light. I really never thought about the fact that:
- Leaving testing until the end relieves the QA team of constant stress and full schedules
- The best way to preserve design is to not write code

I'm especially excited for this session:
"Super Model Driven Architecture: An Update From the OMG by Tyra Banks"

Philip Hartman said...

This post was one of the most hysterical thing I'd read in a long while. I love the "no concurrent sessions" and the "Glacial Methodology" and "Plan, Plan, Plan, and then Plan Some More" and "Deferring Failure" and...

Bill said...

I hope we get some more detail on some of the non-linked content!

Of course I had to take a crack at this myself...

Actually I had forgotten that probably five years ago Philippe Kruchten (then with Rational) wrote a nice article to help customers still in the waterfall mindset. Sometimes even well-intending software teams are at the mercy of their management or customers who only understand waterfall (or who want a fixed bid before the project is understood). I used this specifically with one of my customers as Philippe was writing it and they loved the concepts presented.

Philip Hartman said...

Yes, too band there's no link to "The Impact of Paper Bond Weight on Design Quality"

Bill said...

I think you have to submit that one. My "research paper" got selected... :)