Firstly the project is always straightforward and short and therefore there is

Firstly the project is always straightforward and

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Waterfall Project Management Methodology is essential in the following ways. Firstly, the project is always straightforward and short, and therefore there is no additional value gained by choosing another methodology. Secondly, it offers more foreseeable results for scope, timeline, and budget. Additionally, it permits departmentalization and managerial control. This ensures that a schedule is drawn and deadlines set for each task so that the product goes through the all the development processes in line with the drawn plan. Furthermore, this methodology places solid requirements on the documentation of the project thus if any member leaves the group, very little information and knowledge is lost. It is, however, important to notice that this methodology also has some of its shortcomings and limitations as follows. Firstly, a poor or a wrong choice of design usually is not discovered until during the final steps of the project. Secondly, due to its single cycle approach, there is normally very little room to reflect, revise and adapt once the product has been designed. It is almost impossible to go back and make changes to anything that had not been adequately designed in the earlier stages once you get to the testing stage. Additionally, it does not put into
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PROJECT MANAGEMENT METHODOLOGY 4 consideration the inevitable variations that exist during the process of development. Therefore, making it extremely difficult to conduct any necessary revisions in development (Jalote, 2012).
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