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The Waterfall Model

Problems/Challenges associated with the Waterfall Model

Although the Waterfall Model has been used extensively over the years in the production of many quality systems, it is not without its problems. In recent years it has come under attack, due to its rigid design and inflexible procedure. Criticisms fall into the following categories:

  • Real projects rarely follow the sequential flow that the model proposes.
  • At the beginning of most projects there is often a great deal of uncertainty about requirements and goals, and it is therefore difficult for customers to identify these criteria on a detailed level. The model does not accommodate this natural uncertainty very well.
  • Developing a system using the Waterfall Model can be a long, painstaking process that does not yield a working version of the system until late in the process.