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Waterfall vs. Agile Project Management
Lisa Sieverts, PMP, PMI-ACP

Phil Ailes, PMI-ACP

Waterfall vs. Agile Project Management
Agenda

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What is a Project
Overview
–  Traditional Project Management
–  Agile Project Management
The Differences
–  Product Life Cycle
–  The Teams
–  Requirements
–  WBS/Product Backlog
–  Schedule
–  Risk
–  Quality
Q&A

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What is a Project?

•  Temporary
•  Goal
•  Constrained
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What makes projects special?

•  Projects are

characterized by
uncertainty

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Traditional Waterfall Projects

•  Traditional Waterfall Projects
–  Dates from the end of WWII
–  Grew out of Defense industry
–  Based on Deming Cycle of Plan-Do-Check-Act
–  Emphasizes heavy up-front analysis
–  Lots of documentation
–  PMBOK versions 1-4
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Traditional Waterfall Project
High
Medium
Requirements
Low
Optional
High
Design

Medium
Low
Optional
High
Development Medium
Low
Optional
High
Testing

Medium
Low
Optional
High
Deploy

Medium
Low
Optional

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Waterfall - Advantages

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Waterfall - Advantages

•  Established Processes- Project Management Body of
Knowledge

•  Management Controls
•  (Apparent) Predictability
•  Great for low uncertainty/high dependency projects
–  Construction
–  Update of established product
–  Maintenance projects
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Waterfall - Disadvantages

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