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The waterfall methodology is a framework used by software companies and
teams in designing and developing software products. A sequential process, it
follows six phases that cover defining clients' needs, designing the product,
building the product, testing it, releasing it to the clients and checking to see if
any bugs exist in it.




This particular model has been many a topic of heated discussions in the sofware
industry. One of the most particular points being debated about the model is the
issue of its advantages vs disadvantages.

If you don’t have any idea which side to go for, however, this broad overview of
the advantages and disadvantages of the waterfall methodology below may help
you.


Advantages
The waterfall methodology is a
framework that closely follows all of its
six phases. So, designers and developers
need to ensure that the milestones
expected for each phase would be
achieved, right when they are defined to
be. Discipline, therefore, should be a
trait that the designers and developers
have. Since the waterfall methodology,
too, insists upon determining the issues
and problems that the product may have
way before it's released to the clients,

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clients can get a product that would be the best it could be.

Also, clients would know when exactly they'd be able to get the product. This is
ideal, as most clients would like to know when they can incorporate it into their
business framework.

The waterfall methodology, too, relies on setting the requirements and
specifications ahead of time. This makes the whole team work harder, seeing as
they have expectations to fill and goals to achieve; this also makes the whole
process end more successfully.

Disadvantages
Since the waterfall methodology is very concerned with getting what clients need
and delivering that to them, there are people who consider the framework to be
                                    impractical - especially as they have found
                                    that clients don't really know what they want
                                    the product to do, at the get-go. According to
                                    their experience, clients would only know
                                    what they want if they have seen issues and
                                    bugs that they certainly don't want. The
                                    framework is also not very flexible in terms of
                                    going back phases that can make the later
phases a bit problematic. The model's insistence upon the division of labor, too, is
not very practical and realistic, as far as some designers and developers are
concerned.




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Description: The waterfall methodology is a framework used by software companies and teams in designing and developing software products. It's a process that is made up of six steps that aims to cover everything from requirement analysis to maintenance.