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Agile vs Waterfall Project Management

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  • Last Updated : 13 Jun, 2022
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Project Management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements. In this article, we will see the difference between Agile and Waterfall project management.

Agile Project Management:

Agile is a repetitive project management approach for building software and applications. This method is quick and easy for both small and large projects and includes customer satisfaction in its priorities. This management approach is mostly used in cases when client requirements change frequently. The three main pillars of this approach are as follows:

  • Adaptation
  • Collaboration
  • Customer Satisfaction

Waterfall Project Management:

This is a sequential project management approach that includes a number of phases each covering a separate part of product development. As it is a sequential approach so new phase cannot be started before completing the previous phase and due to this it is really hard to implement any changes after the phase has been completed so it is not suitable for complex projects.

 Agile vs Waterfall Project Management


Difference between Agile and Waterfall Project Management:

S.No. Agile Project Management Waterfall Project Management
1. Client input is required throughout the product development. Client input is required only after completing each phase.
2. Changes can be made at any stage. Changes cannot be made after the completion of a phase.
3. Coordination among project teams is required to ensure correctness. Coordination is not needed as one team starts the work after the finish of another team.
4. It is really useful in large and complex projects. It is mainly used for small project development.
5. The testing part can be started before the development of the entire product. Testing can only be performed when the complete product is ready.
6. A Small team is sufficient for Agile project management. It requires a large team.
7. The cost of development is less. The cost of development is high.
8. It completes the project in comparatively less time. It takes more time compared to Agile.
9. Agile Method is known for its flexibility. The waterfall Method is a structured software development methodology so it is quite rigid.
10. After each sprint/cycle test plan is discussed. Hardly any test plan is discussed during a cycle.
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