Waterfall Model Template and Project Plan Example

A waterfall model is a common project management method used in software development. It’s a great option when you need to apply a sequential approach to your project plan.

See how a waterfall model works by giving this free TeamGantt waterfall template a try!

What is a waterfall model?

A waterfall model lays project tasks out in cascading intervals so work gets done one step at a time. Dev teams are especially fond of the waterfall model because it follows a strict, logical process that easily aligns with the software development life cycle (SDLC).

You can build and track every phase of the SDLC process sequentially with a waterfall model—from research and discovery to testing and deployment. That way nothing falls through the cracks on your way to the finish line.

Waterfall model example for software development

Let’s take a look at an example of a software engineering project plan using a waterfall model.

Example of a waterfall model plan applied to a software development project

In this example, we’ve scoped out tasks for adding a new app feature. The phases of the SDLC process are listed down the left, with task timelines and dependencies represented on the right.

Notice how the tasks and milestones form a waterfall structure as the project progresses. When one task or milestone is complete, the next one begins. For example, deployment can’t happen until the Testing + Revision phase wraps.

Pretty simple, huh?

Easily build a waterfall model project plan in TeamGantt

Ready to build a project plan using the waterfall model? We’ve given you a headstart by creating a free waterfall model template for you in TeamGantt.

Customizing the template is easy-peasy, thanks to TeamGantt’s drag and drop features. And since everything’s online, your whole team can collaborate on projects in real time.

Sign up for a free TeamGantt account today, and save time on project setup with this free waterfall model template!