Project management Waterfall methodology (originally it is software development methodology, but it can be used in other areas as well). Project management Waterfall model is considered as a very traditional one as it is based on the classic project management approach. If to draw a project management Waterfall chart we could see that it describes a project evolution as a linear and sequential process with sub-processes and special phases following one-by-one with distinct goals; these phases include Requirements, Design, Implementation, Verification, Maintenance (so that progress flows from the top phase to the bottom one, like a waterfall). Project Waterfall procedure states that each phase of a project’s progress follows according to a strict order, without any overlapping or iterative steps, and the working process cannot go back once it appears on certain stage, so the project management Waterfall workflow is considered as inflexible and provides poor possibilities for reviewings and revisions. Many different software products can be used to cope with this traditional style of project management, including the one reviewed below:
VIP Task Manager is a good and moderately-priced alternative to expensive and complicated Microsoft Project’s Waterfall-styled management. This program can provide assistance on project management of any style as it provides three effective modes to organize and control your projects – Task tree, Task List and Calendar.
For effective project management – do the following:
- start your project management software;
- organize your project on the Task Tree view to suit Waterfall methodology;
- plan and schedule your project tasks in terms of their time, costs, etc;
- assign tasks to employees and track performance;
- check results to know if your project meets the plan;