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Waterfall vs agile project management: It’s all oranges and onions

Like many things in life, when it comes to project management the success of your project begins way before the work gets underway. For this reason, choosing the appropriate project management framework for your requirements is an important decision in any project.

In an ideal world, all our projects would run smoothly. Unfortunately, in reality, that’s not quite the case. A staggering 97% of organisations believe project management is critical to business performance and organisational success.

So, how can you be confident that your project is managed effectively? There are lots of frameworks out there and the decision is not always an easy task.

Have you ever heard of the analogy oranges and onions?

If not, I’ll explain…

Defining waterfall and agile project management

Waterfall project management is very much like an orange in a way that you need all of the segments before the project is complete

Whereas agile project management can be compared to an onion, like an onion Agile has layers, and can be reviewed after the first layer or you can keep unravelling the layers until it’s finished.

Only 37% of teams in the U.K. reported completing projects on time more often than not.

For your benefit, I’ve put together a useful comparison to help you understand the differences between Waterfall and Agile project management and make that oh so important decision much easier.

Waterfall project management

A waterfall development means using a systematic approach or ‘segment by segment’ plan. Essentially, each step should be easier than the previous one as progress in one area should support another.

So what does this result in? Well, all your effort can then be put into analysing problems and designing solutions, which, thanks to accurate planning, makes the execution and measurement so much easier.

With that being said, 46% of organisations admit to not fully understanding the value of project management.

To avoid your project failing our PRINCE2 foundation and practitioner course will provide you with the essential tools and resources for managing your projects more effectively. Learn more here.

Agile project management

An onion is one way to describe an agile approach. Project managers start by identifying their aims and objectives so they can begin by peeling back the first layer.

Once the first layer has been peeled back the project manager will be able to review and analyses existing processes before working on the next layer, whilst also keeping a firm grasp on the aims and objectives of the project.

Project management statistics revealed that 37% of project failures are due to lack of clearly defined objectives and milestones to measure progress.

Do you have clearly defined objectives? If not, our agile project management course will equip you with the necessary tools and techniques to manage projects of all sizes without adding unnecessary time, effort or costs.

Furthermore, only 21% of the organisations use standardised project management practices.

As you can see, both the methods have their own advantages. But which is best for you depends on your requirements.

That’s why we have developed two courses PRINCE2 foundation and practitioner course and project management skills workshop to fit your individual needs.

Now you have the insight, all that is left to do is make your choice: Are you an orange or an onion?

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