Why does Agile Development work better than the Waterfall Development method?

by jasonvonruden 22. May 2013 23:26

One of the problems with waterfall development method that agile development solves is: planning too far in advance of doing the actual work.

WHY is this bad????

I came across quote by Stephen Vincent Bené that explains “the WHY” way better than I ever could.

"If you take a flat map And move wooden blocks upon it strategically, The thing looks well, the blocks behave as they should. The science of war is moving live men like blocks. And getting the blocks into place at a fixed moment. But it takes time to mold your men into blocks And flat maps turn into country where creeks and gullies Hamper your wooden squares.  They stick in the brush, They are tired and rest, they straggle after ripe blackberries, And you cannot lift them up in your hand and move them. It is all so clear in the maps, so clear in the mind, But the orders are slow, the men in the blocks are slow To move, when they start they take too long on the way-- The General loses his stars and the block-men die In unstrategic defiance of martial law Because still used to just being men, not block-parts." – Stephen Vincent Bené , John Brown's Body (1928)

Stephen Vincent Bené is an American author, poet, short story writer, and novelist. Benét is best known for his book-length narrative poem of the American Civil War, John Brown's Body (1928)