Happy new year! It is 2013 and the Mayan apocalypse did not happen after all. We have also avoided the “fiscal cliff”, at least for a couple of months. However the IT world is going through a form of “end times”. It is now clear what we are coming to the end of the traditional long-duration Waterfall project. During 2012, Gartner announced the “The End of the Waterfall as We Know It” and placed Waterfall at the “dusk of obsolesce” in the IT market clock, indicating that it is time to move to iterative and agile development methodologies.
It is not clear what the post-Waterfall era of IT will look like. Agile development is now common and successfully used by many organizations. On the other hand, in increase in agile adoption as a top down initiative will result in some spectacular failures as organizations continue to attempt large complex and long term agile projects with little knowledge and experience in the methodology. The result is more accurately described as “WaterSCRUMFall” than agile, and success is far from guaranteed.
Iterative development techniques have been lost in the battle between Waterfall and Agile. Over 2013, we should start to see if they will undergo a resurgence in the post Waterfall era, or continue to fade away.
My resolution for 2013 is to continue to provide the best impartial advice I can through this blog and my formal research.
Welcome to the post-Waterfall era!
Read Complimentary Relevant Research
Predicts 2017: Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence is changing the way in which organizations innovate and communicate their processes, products and services. Practical...
View Relevant Webinars
The Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016
Strategic technology trends are rapidly changing disruptive trends with significant potential for enterprise impact over the next three...
Comments or opinions expressed on this blog are those of the individual contributors only, and do not necessarily represent the views of Gartner, Inc. or its management. Readers may copy and redistribute blog postings on other blogs, or otherwise for private, non-commercial or journalistic purposes, with attribution to Gartner. This content may not be used for any other purposes in any other formats or media. The content on this blog is provided on an "as-is" basis. Gartner shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of the content or use of this blog.