Skip to main content

The Waterfall Model in Large-Scale Development

  • Conference paper
Product-Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES 2009)

Part of the book series: Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing ((LNBIP,volume 32))

Abstract

Waterfall development is still a widely used way of working in software development companies. Many problems have been reported related to the model. Commonly accepted problems are for example to cope with change and that defects all too often are detected too late in the software development process. However, many of the problems mentioned in literature are based on beliefs and experiences, and not on empirical evidence. To address this research gap, we compare the problems in literature with the results of a case study at Ericsson AB in Sweden, investigating issues in the waterfall model. The case study aims at validating or contradicting the beliefs of what the problems are in waterfall development through empirical research.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this chapter

Subscribe and save

Springer+ Basic
EUR 32.99 /Month
  • Get 10 units per month
  • Download Article/Chapter or Ebook
  • 1 Unit = 1 Article or 1 Chapter
  • Cancel anytime
Subscribe now

Buy Now

Chapter
USD 29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
eBook
USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Softcover Book
USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Purchases are for personal use only

Institutional subscriptions

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Similar content being viewed by others

References

  1. Royce, W.: Managing the development of large software systems: Concepts and techniques. In: Proc. IEEE WESCOM. IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos (1970)

    Google Scholar 

  2. Sommerville, I.: Software Engineering, 7th edn. Pearson Eductation Ltd., London (2004)

    MATH  Google Scholar 

  3. Raccoon, L.B.S.: Fifty years of progress in software engineering. SIGSOFT Softw. Eng. Notes 22(1), 88–104 (1997)

    Article  Google Scholar 

  4. Yin, R.K.: Case Study Research: Design and Methods, 3rd edn. Applied Social Research Methods Series, vol. 5. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs (2002)

    Google Scholar 

  5. McBreen, P.: Software craftsmanship: the new imperative. Addison-Wesley, Boston (2002)

    Google Scholar 

  6. Pfleeger, S.L., Atlee, J.M.: Software engineering: theory and practice, 3rd edn. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River (2006)

    Google Scholar 

  7. Jarzombek, J.: The 5th annual jaws s3 proceedings (1999)

    Google Scholar 

  8. Thomas, M.: It projects sink or swim. British Computer Society Review 2001 (2001)

    Google Scholar 

  9. Johnson, J.: Keynote speech: Build only the features you need. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Extreme Programming and Agile Processes in Software Engineering (XP 2002) (2002)

    Google Scholar 

  10. Jones, C.: Patterns of Software Systems: Failure and Success. International Thomson Computer Press (1995)

    Google Scholar 

  11. Sametinger, J.: Software engineering with reusable components: with 26 tables. Springer, Berlin (1997)

    Book  MATH  Google Scholar 

  12. Anderson, D.J.: Agile Management for Software Engineering: Applying the Theory of Constraints for Business Results (The Coad Series). Prentice Hall PTR, Englewood Cliffs (2003)

    Google Scholar 

  13. Cohen, D., Larson, G., Ware, B.: Improving software investments through requirements validation. In: Proceedings of the 26th Annual NASA Goddard Software Engineering Workshop (SEW 2001), Washington, DC, USA, p. 106. IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos (2001)

    Google Scholar 

  14. Boehm, B.: Get ready for agile methods, with care. Computer 35(1), 64–69 (2002)

    Article  Google Scholar 

  15. Karlström, D., Runeson, P.: Combining agile methods with stage-gate project management. IEEE Software 22(3), 43–49 (2005)

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

Copyright information

© 2009 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

About this paper

Cite this paper

Petersen, K., Wohlin, C., Baca, D. (2009). The Waterfall Model in Large-Scale Development. In: Bomarius, F., Oivo, M., Jaring, P., Abrahamsson, P. (eds) Product-Focused Software Process Improvement. PROFES 2009. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol 32. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-02152-7_29

Download citation

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-02152-7_29

  • Publisher Name: Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

  • Print ISBN: 978-3-642-02151-0

  • Online ISBN: 978-3-642-02152-7

  • eBook Packages: Computer ScienceComputer Science (R0)

Publish with us

Policies and ethics