Simple, Adaptive, Effective

How well a particular methodology works for you depends on your prerequisites and goals. At HashTag Technologies, we recommend the following methodologies, based on your organization and objectives:

Waterfall Method

for projects with predefined scope and budget

A simple, structured approach with discrete stages that ensure the best results within the constraints of budget and timelines.

Agile Method

for projects with evolving scope

An objective oriented, highly iterative approach that sees your product grow and evolve through a flexible workflow.

How to Engage?

The lack of a project execution process does not necessarily lead to failure. But it does increase the chances.

At HashTag, we believe in balancing the critical triangle of cost, time, and scope through customized workflow. Which is why we have flexible and client-centric project execution models that are designed specifically for your project – whether it’s a simple website or a more complex software development.


Identifying the Right Process

At HashTag, we focus on two popular methodologies: the waterfall methodology, and the agile methodology. Both these methodologies have their advantages for specific project types. The decision to choose the right strategy and execution model is crucial to your project’s success. And our team of experts helps you make that decision.

Engaging in the Waterfall Method

The waterfall methodology can be broken down into distinct linear, sequential stages. The lifecycle of a project under this method can be summarized under five segments:

Discovery, Definition, Design, Development, Delivery

The waterfall methodology works best when project factors like project constraints, project goals, business objectives, and the acceptance criteria are well defined and measurable.

Since your project will have relatively defined features and functionality, a software requirement document (SRS) will be laid out to describe the expectations and scope of the project which will be used till the final project handoff.

What If My Requirements Evolve?

In practice, there are bound to be uncertainties during the execution of any given project. For instance, buggy third-party dependencies and changes in existing scope are some. By managing risks for your projects, we make sure any uncertainties are identified and planned for.

Moreover, we help you plan out the various aspects of your project prior to execution to ensure you have a system in place to manage these changes. Once we measure the impact of changes on the existing scope, and calculate the time and cost that comes with the changes, we then update the SRS document.

So in case your requirements evolve, the waterfall process continues to progress as planned, with quality assurance processes in the end to make sure our project deliverables tally with the predefined or revised scope of your project.


Benefits of Waterfall Methodology


The rigidity of the waterfall method ensures clear demarcation between stages to organize and divide work with better outcomes.


Having well-defined long-term milestones allows you to review the progress of your project based on periodic deliverables.

Development Ready

You spend less time with the development team and focus more on the business end of your project.

Strict Budget

The predefined scope and objectives mean you have less chances of exceeding your budget.

Engaging in the Agile Scrum Method

Unlike the waterfall method, the agile methodology requires continuous iteration of development and testing in the software development lifecycle process with concurrent development and testing activities.


Roles in a Scrum

When it comes to defining roles in a scrum, we have three key roles. The first is the product owner who drives the vision of the project. The second is the scrum master who ensures the team members follow the agile principles and values. Finally, we have the team members, ideally a team of several cross-functional members.

Product Owner

The visionary

Scrum Master

The coach, fixer, and gate keeper

Team Members

The executors

Deliverable in Agile Methodology

Product Backlog

This is generally in the form of user stories, prepared by the product owner. It is here the vision for the project is drafted.

Release Backlog

The release backlog is prepared by the scrum master who takes the product backlog as input, and translates it into a list of tasks that would be released intermittently.

Sprint Backlog

This is prepared in collaboration with the team, taking the release backlog and dividing it into sprints of one or two weeks

Defect Backlog

The defect backlog contains a list of defects identified during the one to two weeks sprint. These defects are dealt with immediately which is necessary for a project to be declared complete.

Use Cases: The Agile Scrum Methodology

Short term goals

Clear short-term milestones and periodic reviews of the progress.

Iterative Development

Clear objectives and goals that are always in sync with the project manager.

Feature Inspection

Multiple iterations of a given feature and fine-tuning of the feature by inspecting all the parts.

Sprint Planning

Early and frequent opportunities to look at the product and make decisions and changes to the project.

Continuous Reviews

Make regressive iterations in the testing phase is required.

Both agile and waterfall have their benefits. However, the right project execution process, whether waterfall or agile, depends on the context of your project. Contrary to popular belief, agile methodology doesn’t work with all types of projects. We help our clients identify their need for agile methodology based on the level of uncertainty, value proposition, operational, and the value risks involved.

The “traditional” waterfall method, on the other hand, can be selected for better ‘quality’ standards due to its strict documentation and ‘assembly line’ production features.