Waterfall model is a sequential design process, in which progress is seen as flowing steadily downwards through the phases of analysis, design and testing.

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Is it possible to change from Waterfall/V model methodologies to Agile during a project?

Say for example, you are in charge of a particularly large project, with a big time frame, and you and your team decide that Agile would be a better methodology to follow. Is it practical/possible to ...
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How to estimate number of resources when I have my timelines fixed, but work effort is more

My total work estimate is 1056 man days Release Start time: May 10 Release End time: October 10 total Work days available: 101 1056 / 101 = 11 resource Approx. Is this correct calculation? If not ...
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Logical Loop: PMBOK 5th Ed

I am hoping someone can clear up my misunderstanding of the sequence for developing a project plan according to PMBOK 5th Ed. We see that creating a project plan inputs into it's subsidiary plans (...
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How to leverage Agile development benefits in a fixed-cost project?

I recently joined a company that has started moving towards "more agile" development. I've already been product owner for an internal software project and that worked reasonably well as far as I can ...
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Can planning documents be retroactively produced to fit the product that's been built?

I am currently implementing an Android application and am struggling to do my class and sequence diagrams, predominately due to the fact that the specifications are too abstract and vague. I was ...
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Project management methodologies for multiple projects, small teams, diverse skills, partially remote team

I have been reading a lot on Scrum to evaluate its use in our company. I've done a few trials runs with it where the teams were exploring different aspects of it to get some real world feel. I'm not ...
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Games development PM - is the CAPM relevant? [closed]

I'm about to enter the third year of my career, and I want to drive my career towards project management in the video game industry (junior and any lower responsibilities role). I have never worked in ...
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How should we estimate accessibility testing for a waterfall project?

I am working with a lot of teams and there are different phases of testing. We have devised a standardized process for accessibility testing across many different teams. This process is to be done ...
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How to prepare a schedule from Waterfall to Agile in software developement

As a program advisory I need to schedule 5 projects in the next year but one of them will be agile (the first in our business). All of the projects that are waterfall are easy to schedule: ...
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Are you allowed to make even small changes in a Waterfall project?

In a Waterfall project, are you allowed to make even small changes, such as the design style of the user login form, when the project went passed the design phrase?
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Automatic Dependency Generator

I have a list of datasets which are required to deliver a large project. The project is comprised of various products. Each product has a requirement for one or more of the datasets. I am want to ...
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What's the relationship between SLDC and methodologies like XP, RAD, Scrum, etc.?

I'm confusing with the System Development Life Cycle Methodology with other Methodologies like Extreme Programming, Rapid Application Development, Rational United Process, Waterfall, V-Shaped, Spiral, ...
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No Checkpoint Reports

I am running a Prince2/Waterfall project that is currently about 1/4 of the way through a 8 month timeline. I have been having trouble with Work Package owners not providing me with Checkpoint reports/...
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Definition of Done or How to really finish tasks?

Sometimes it is hard to close a task. There might come a new information which demands an update of the task. The task remains a long time almost finished. New Versions and baselines allows us to ...
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A team have requested in a retrospective they want more waterfall and a Project Manager; how to proceed?

A fellow CSM approached me yesterday with a problem. They have been running Scrum for 6 months quite successfully and Management are happy however the development team have requested the CSM to take ...
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How to synchronize an agile software team with a waterfall hardware team?

Our team is composed of both software and hardware engineers. The software team uses Scrum project management while the hardware team uses waterfall. The priority of our software requirements change ...
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What are the primary differences when promoted to a Programme Support role out of a Project Support role?

Within a newly formed Programme Support Office, a number of new starts have been asked to evaluate their roles but they are all former Project Support Officers and some are straying into Project ...
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What is the definition of “development model”?

What is the definition of "development model"? For example: Waterfall model, Iterative model or Spiral model. In this case "model" is just synonym of "methodology" (wikipedia keep articles about ...
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Can you Gate each Agile Sprint to provide comfort to Stakeholders in Waterfall?

A quick summary of the facts - Multinational Company Traditional Waterfall Project Management Agile/Scrum being used for the Design/Test/Build (>25 Sprints) Traditional Waterfall Gates must be ...
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Is there guidance for Agile Refactoring within a large Waterfall Project?

I am acting as Project Support to a large multinational that is keen to embrace Agile - although it is really just Scrum that they are referring to. The ERP migration is traditional Waterfall but ...
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How can I integrate information from a waterfall customer into an agile project?

We're currently doing an agile project where the customer is less agile than what we actually hoped for (he stays with waterfall). Also, while an official requirements specification exists, it is ...
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Development process in a highly dependent environment

I was going through a question on PMSE when this question struck me. I have been working as a Project Manager for a software company. Most of our work we get from an agency. The agency in-turn gets ...
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Should Product Owner be a separate job in Waterfall project

Working for a large waterfall project (+180 members) and although we are about to ship the 1.0. Our client is asking us to work on the next major release (parallel development). Since those new major ...
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Is agile a 'subset' of the SDLC?

I'm having a hard time classifying software development methodologies. In my understanding, SDLC is the overarching model used for software development approaches. SDLC methodologies can range from ...
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What is the definition of “project” in Agile settings?

The context is a PMO running across two development groups, one doing Agile development, the other using the waterfall model. In order to come up with a common approach and engagement model, we would ...
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Project metric definitions

I often read about Agile development in blogs. It seems that some PM terms are sometimes mentioned with slightly different meanings depending on the context. Could you transcribe from a book (either ...
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Is there any pm methodology that works well on large projects?

My team historically has averaged about 40 people over several years, often more than that. We have a pretty complex product that cuts across several problem domains. We switched from waterfall to ...
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Is it possible to track velocity on a waterfall project?

Assuming similar work has been done in the past, can velocity be measured on a waterfall project? If that isn't the case, is there a more appropriate capacity management tool on a waterfall project?
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Setting up task predecessors correctly

Using Open Project (or MS Project, i suppose), in the following example: does #13 depend on #7? does #14 depend on #7? does #13 depend on #12? does #14 depend on #12? Or does it matter at all? ...
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Is the waterfall model a project management methodology?

I have heard of PRINCE2, PRISM, and many other methodologies. I'm not sure if the waterfall model is actually a project management methodology or not. My project is based on research (Example, mobile ...
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How to implement scrum on an Waterfall enterprise?

Research prior to asking this questions -> When to Use Waterfall, When to Use Scrum ? I am not focus on pure waterfall vs pure scrum conversion. I am more incline of solving the following problems ...
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The History of Project Management [closed]

There are many styles of Project Management, and many Project Management philosophies to choose from. Some emphasise a plan-based approach, some try to tackle emerging objectives in a dynamic or ...
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Can metaphors in popular culture help with explaining agile or waterfall to clients?

After reading this blog post that suggests that the Death Star was an agile project I was wondering if using metaphors is a good way of describing methodologies in a slightly fun way. 'Movie x ...