Share a Waterfallacy; Win a Book

It seems like time for a new contest with the winner getting a free copy of Succeeding with Agile, my new book. In Succeeding with Agile, I describe a waterfallacy as “a mistaken belief or idea about agile or Scrum created from working too long on waterfall projects.” And I give some examples, including these:

  • Scrum teams don’t plan, so we’re unable to make commitments to customers.
  • Scrum requires everyone to be a generalist.
  • Our team is spread around the world, and Scrum requires face-to-face communication.
  • Scrum is OK for simple websites, but our system is too complicated.

To enter the post, add a comment to this post telling us about one waterfallacy you've encountered and how you overcame that waterfallacy or convinced someone that it was a waterfallacy instead of the truth. Let's run this contest until midnight Mountain time on next Monday, 18 January. I'll then announce winners on Tuesday, 19 January. I'll pick two winners–the entry that I personally like the best plus one that will be randomly selected. Good luck and let's enjoying putting some waterfallacies to rest!




About the Author

As the founder of Mountain Goat Software, Mike Cohn specializes in helping companies adopt and improve their use of agile processes and techniques to build extremely high-performance teams. He is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile. Mike is a founding member of the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. He is also the founder of, an online agile training website. He can be reached at or connect with Mike on Google+.