The Opposite of Waterfall is Pond – A Metaphor for Agile

You have to love a good analogy. Here’s one which takes the notion of a “waterfall” development process literally, and contrasts it with a pleasant day out on a serene pond.

The Opposite of Waterfall is Pond – A Metaphor for Agile | Agile Blog: Scaling Software Agility

My favourite snippet:

Eventually, we find a place that everyone agrees looks nice and we pull the boat up on shore. Our project is complete in a way that we couldn’t have predicted exactly because we’ve never been on this particular pond before. We’re ready to set out again just as soon as we’re done with the picnic. In Pond, you always have a picnic at the end of the project.

All of which makes me smile. Back when I was working on an agile project where releases were named after ducks and other wildfowl, I proposed at one point a component named “pond” (standing for “provider of necessary data”) shared by all the deployed ducks.

Ah nostalgia.

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