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A long-standing business standard for software development, the Waterfall method, assumes that project steps can be completed sequentially and all costs, benefits, and work can be calculated in advance. However, most IT organizations struggle to meet these prerequisites, thus lessening Waterfall’s effectiveness. As more and more IT organizations realize Waterfall’s limitations, new iterative software development and management methodologies under the banner of Agile are rapidly emerging as a viable alternative. In 2010, one of Dovel’s Federal clients required the company to switch from Waterfall to Agile. In response, Dovel created its own easily adaptable, development process that promoted an iterative and collaborative Agile approach while satisfying the standards of a Federal SDLC.

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