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