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Just Stop It! (A Note on Wrapping Waterfall Plans in Iterations)

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A wise man once said,
"I've got a plan so cunning, you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel!” Unfortunately in software it isn’t quite so easy. Simply renaming a broken process doesn’t really change the way a project is set up. Unfortunately a growing number of managers seem to believe they can turn their projects into lithe, agile weasels simply by wrapping pre-planned waterfall projects into iterations and calling it “agile".

Projects like these tend to ring several alarm bells, such as:
The entire project is estimated up front (usually taking up a huge amount of development team time)Stories are split by service, and not by end-to-end functionality (usually a sign that key design decisions have already been made without being validated by working code). Ie the now discredited smokestack development approach. So a team (or even separate teams!) might be developing the front end first. Then later develop one of the services the front end uses later. Then another …