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Waterfall Production Activity

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In the traditional waterfall process:

  1. A problem exists that requires solution.

  2. Marketing resource is available (oh yea?) to help specify the problem, and their requirements place limitations on how it can be solved. ("It must run with defined performance on a 486 PC in 12 MB of RAM.")

  3. The essential concepts behind the problem and requirements are discovered with the aid of software developers, who express them formally.

  4. While maintaining backwards compatibility with existing systems, and within an acceptable time frame, the developers produce the product.

  5. To a level that keeps end users from revolting, maintainers fix problems with the product.

We'll now take a more detailed look at the product development activity in the traditional waterfall development process.

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