Earlier this month, we asked the AGL LinkedIn group, “Does Waterfall offer any benefits over Agile? What are some projects that have not proven successful with Waterfall, where if Agile had been used they may have been successful?,” and we received some very interesting responses.
To summarize the general theme across all of the responses, agile is preferable over waterfall for situations that are complex and where requirements will change, which basically describes every software project that will be completed in government. A couple of other interesting perspectives brought up was that waterfall doesn’t allow software developers to iterate, or try new things, and that an agile culture is important, which can be the stumbling block to agile adoption.
To quote Doug Birgfeld from the State of Maine, “There’s never a bad time to use agile.”
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