Waterfall methodology is a standard of manufacturing that's been widely used since the mid 20th century and is used to describe a sequential process which is seen as flowing steadily downwards like a waterfall through different phases of the project.
When to use Waterfall methodology?
This methodology works great for small and large projects where milestones and requirements are very well understood and need to be completed strictly one after another. This methodology is popular because it's visual and highly-structured, but it also might be slow, as if one step of the project is delayed, it affects all other steps and total length of the project.
How to build your boards in Waterfall?
- Step 1: set up your groups
In order to build the boards in Waterfall methodology you should split the project into several groups of pulses defining the key milestones of the project. Let's say, we are building DeLorean DMC-12 "Back to Future" car. The whole project consists of four stages: Design of the car, Production, QA, and Assembly, and each of the stages has a list of tasks that need to be completed:
Step 2: Add your columns
For each task you should assign a person using the Person column, add a Status column to mark the progress, and the Timeline to set time frames. Set the dates of implementation for each task in the Timeline, and you will see it displayed sequentially in Waterfall view:
In the upper right hand-corner of the Timeline view you can zoom in/out and adjust the display by filter: you can arrange the view by Owner, Status, Group, or without any grouping (like in the example).
Another great addition in the timeline is that each Timeline bar is color coded by the color of the group of pulses.
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