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How to build your boards in Waterfall methodology?

Waterfall methodology is a standard of manufacturing that's been widely used since the mid 20th century. It's used to describe a sequential process that is seen as flowing steadily downwards through different phases of the project like a waterfall. 


When to use Waterfall methodology

This methodology works well 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. If one step of the project is delayed, it affects all other steps and the total length of the project.


How to build your boards in Waterfall

Step 1: Set up your groups

In order to build your boards in Waterfall methodology, you should split the project into several groups of items defining the key milestones of the project. Let's say we are building DeLorean DMC-12, the Back to the Future car. The whole project consists of four stages: Design 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 Column to set time frames. Set the dates of implementation for each task in the Timeline, and you will see it displayed sequentially in the Timeline View:


At the top of the Timeline View, you can adjust the display to zoom in/out. To the right, you can arrange the view by Groups, Person, Status, or without any grouping. You can also adjust the color of the timeline bars from the settings bar on the right.



Step 3: Set your milestones

You can set up your milestones by right-clicking on an item in the Timeline View:


Or by clicking on the timeline bar from the table view and selecting "Set milestone" beneath the calendar:



Step 4: Set up your dependencies

Once your timeline column is set up properly, you may want to introduce a dependency automation. A dependency automation will help to ensure that your dates remain in proper order even if a task is delayed.

You can add dependencies by going to the Automations Center at the top of your board, choosing "Dependencies" from the Categories, and selecting the recipe that works for your workflow. For this example, we'll use the "Adjust the date of an item to reflect the changes made in the date of its dependency item" automation recipe.


To learn more about setting up dependencies on monday.com, check out this article.



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