This photo of someone’s answer to a computer science exam question has been making the rounds:
I have no idea if they’re still teaching the waterfall model of software development in universities these days, but judging from the exam question, I suspect the “correct” answer to the question was this:
Consider these recent stats for major software projects:
- 75% of IT professionals surveyed in 2011 by Geneca said that their projects are either always or usually “doomed right from the start.”
- A 2011 Harvard Business Review study of over 1,400 projects found that the average cost overrun was 27%, and that one in six was a “Black Swan”, with cost overruns of 200% and ran 70% longer than planned.
- For the companies surveyed in the Standish Group’s 2013 CHAOS report, fewer than a third of their projects were completed on time and under budget.
On second thought, I think that student should get full marks for his/her answer.
Thanks to Peach Flambée for the find!