Every other day I meet people and organisation that says something along the line of
We’re doing agile for some of our work, but other needs waterfall.
I’m getting increasingly annoyed with that statement. Waterfall (phases with big batches of work) is always wrong. You should get out of that thinking as fast as possible.
Any agile person reading this will not believe it. But believe it. Waterfall is very much alive and being hailed in
most many organisations today, in my experience. Especially on the business side of things.
And please don’t believe me about this. Take it from an authority. Let’s pick … Dr. Winston Royce. He’s a good pick because he is the guy that coined the term waterfall in the first place. In the seminal “MANAGING THE DEVELOPMENT OF LARGE SOFTWARE SYSTEMS”-paper.
Here’s an extract of page 2 (!)
Report writing - using impact maps, Stephen Covey and increments
I had one of the more intense writing sessions in my life the other day - getting about 17 pages and 6000 words out in 2,5 hours. But that’s not as important, although fun, compared to the quality and how we did it.
I’d been coaching and teaching at a company for 4 days straight, meeting ca 200 people from 12-15 teams to talk about their opportunities and challenges to apply agile and lean thinking within their current context and organization.
The obvious question on the last day was:
Could you just summarise your thoughts for us? Write some ideas for improvements and next step and stuff.
So we did. And I heard that the report was well received (hence I presume the quality was adequate), but in this post, I wanted to talk a little bit how we worked to get this down, and why that helped...