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A Guide to Waterfall and Agile’s Five Essential Project Management Phases

Jun 16, 2021 8:00:00 AM

The foundation of any project is the process it goes through. In this blog, we will review the two major project management methodologies - Waterfall and Agile, widely used to manage software development projects. Below is a breakdown of the five primary phases for each methodology and a video that features an in-depth review of each of the phases and the activities performed during the process.

The 5 Primary Phases of Waterfall 

  1. Requirements gathering
  2. System design
  3. System development 
  4. Verification / Testing
  5. Go-live

The 5 Primary Phases of Agile

  1. Envision
  2. Speculate
  3. Explore
  4. Adapt
  5. Close

The following video, Phases of Software Project Management, will demonstrate the differences between the five phases of each of these methodologies.

Project Management Methodologies - Nisum

A Defined Methodology Provides Tremendous Benefits to Business Efficiency  

Managing software development through a defined methodology helps teams calculate the workload, plan the effort, and manage delivery and expectations accordingly. It also helps leadership plan for future projects based on the outcomes of the phases of ongoing projects. Project management phases also help manage the customer’s expectations on delivery and the process of how the software delivery will take place.

How Nisum Can Help

Nisum is an expert in Agile project management and helps organizations learn and adapt to Agile practices to improve their project delivery. We are an experienced partner who orchestrates measurable and holistic Agile transformation anchored in cultural change and enabled by technological excellence.

We provide our own framework, the Nisum Enterprise Agile Framework (NEAF), to help our clients more effectively institute an Agile culture. Our NEAF approach provides a framework structure over a heavy and theory-driven playbook. It is sustainable and enables customers to be more independent in their transformation journey.

To identify the areas of your Agile processes that are not working and to receive feedback on your business’ maturity level, take our free Agile Maturity Assessment.


Maisam Agha

Written by Maisam Agha

Maisam Agha is a certified Agile coach, SAFe 5.0 Agilist, and scrum master with over 10 years of helping companies and guiding teams to deliver projects on-time, within budget, and with the highest quality. Starting from the bid stage through to completion, he is on a mission to help organizations and teams understand the true value of Agile practices.


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