Academic literature reveals comparisons between agile practices and waterfall project management methodologies:
Molokken-Ostvold showed that projects following flexible methodologies had less overruns than projects following traditional project management methodologies [MOL].
Maurer showed how agile methods promoting individuals and interactions have been successful over processes and tools of waterfall development [MAU].
Indiana University demonstrated how it converted from an older online learning application to a newer one for enterprise-wide use using rapid prototyping and agile approaches over waterfall development [PAV].
Success with Coeus implementation - proposal development, proposal submissions to grants.gov, and reports development.
Driven entirely by project champion (me).
Divided project into smaller autonomous projects (W4).
Used iterative development on an almost daily basis (A1).
Encouraged the stakeholders to test the reports for viability ( A5 ).
Some of the stakeholders requested for additional functionality and the author negotiated with the stakeholders on a constant basis to determine which features could be delayed ( A3 ) for a future release.
Make the Waterfall process transparent to the stakeholders ( W2 ) by establishing and resolving tactical meetings on an as needed basis during project bottlenecks.
Required stakeholders to document their changes via a shared project group email so that other stakeholders were aware of the potential impact of project changes ( W2 ).
L. Anderson, G. Alleman, K. Beck, J. Blotner, W. Cunningham, M. Poppendieck, R. Wirfs-Brock. “Agile management – an oxymoron?: who needs managers anyway?” In Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object-Oriented Programming. pp. 275-277. Anahiem, CA. 2004
B. Boehm, R. Turner. “Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed.” Addison-Wesley, Pearson Education Publishing. Boston, MA. 2005.
“ Coeus Consortium.” Web site. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 2007. Link: http:// www.coeus.org/coeus -cons/
F. Keenan, S. Powell, G. Coleman, K. McDaid. “Learning project planning the agile way.” In Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual SIGCSE Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education. pp. 324-324. Bologna, Italy, 2006.
Luqi , Lin Zhang, Valdis Berzins, Ying Qiao, "Documentation Driven Development for Complex Real-Time Systems," In IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 30, no. 12, pp. 936-952 . Dec. 2004.
F. Maurer, G. Melnick. “Agile methods: moving towards the mainstream of the software industry.” In Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth International Conference on Software Engineering (2006), pp. 1057-1058. Shanghai, China, 2006.
K. Molokken-Ostvold, M. Jorgensen. “A Comparison of Software Overruns – Flexible versus Sequential Development Models.” In IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Vol. 31, No. 9, pp. 754-766, September 2005.
R. Pavolka, V. Mount, A. Neymeyr, C. Rhodes. “From waterfall to rapid prototyping: supporting enterprise-wide adoption of the oncourse collaboration and learning (CL) environment at Indiana University.” In Proceedings of the Thirty-third Annual SIGUCCS Conference on User Services. pp. 312-319. Monterey, CA. 2005.