Waterfall 2006

For all software developers, if you haven’t already seen the Waterfall2006 site, it’s well worth a read. On first glance it almost seems like a credible site, until you start to read the detail … and having worked with a waterfall approach on many projects, it definitely made me groan with recognition! I’m hoping to see first hand in the near future the difference that agile techniques can make, but in the meantime some of the highlights of the Waterfall site that made me smile:

  • Pair programming – two managers per programmer
  • Registration – “Our software developers have a really wonderful design. They’re almost done entering it into it a UML tool. They’ve told us not to worry and that finishing it will be “trivial” because “all that’s left is the coding.”
  • A Document Testing Framework
  • Skills in Stale Specs

I could carry on, but I’ll spare you … it’s good to know that I wasn’t alone in thinking there must be a better way …