Software Development for Small Teams: A RUP-Centric Approach (The Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)

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Many in the extreme and agile communities have long held the RationalUnified Process as being an antithesis approach to program development -citing it as being too process oriented, too rigid and structured, and overlyconcerned with documentation. This book is Rational's reaction to thatinaccurate perception. Using a project case study that is carried throughout thebook, the authors illustrate how agile techniques can be used effectively in aRUP environment. While not taking the extreme or agile communities to taskfor their expressed disdain for process, this book shows that process caneffectively accommodate design and development approaches which are notusually associated with the RUP. Software Engineering for Small Projectssuccessfully extends the appeal of the Rational Unified Process.

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“A lot of RUP users are looking for examples of practical usage, and this book provides excellent insight on how RUP can be applied in practice to a small project. It walks you through the different phases, from project initiation to completion. The authors have done a good job highlighting both the problems that they ran into, as well as the success they had.”

         —Per Kroll
             Manager, RUP, Rational Software
             IBM Corporation

“I loved this book because it is easy to read and full of good stuff that should help software people. It describes how a small team effectively used RUP (Rational Unified Process), a process that is usually thought of as being useful only by large, high-ceremony teams. The authors’ straightforward, low-B.S. approach conveys some serious truths and advice. This book belongs on every bookshelf.”

         —Dan Rawsthorne, Ph.D.
                           

"I highly recommend this book for anyone who's ever tried to implement RUP on a small project. Pollice and company have demystified and effectively scaled the process while ensuring that its essence hasn't been compromised. A must-have for any RUPster's library!"
—Chris Soskin, Process Engineering Consultant, Toyota Motor Sales

Do you want to improve the process on your next project? Perhaps you'd like to combine the best practices from the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and from agile methodologies (such as Extreme Programming). If so, buy this book!

Software Development for Small Teams describes an entire software development project, from the initial customer contact through delivery of the software. Through a case study, it describes how one small, distributed team designed and applied a successful process. But this is not a perfect case study. The story includes what worked and what didn't, and describes how the team might change its process for the next project. The authors encourage you to assess their results and to use the lessons learned on your next project.

Key topics covered include:
  • Achieving a balance between people, process, and tools; recognizing that software development is primarily a human endeavor
  • Using RUP as an appropriate foundation for a small project; combining RUP and agile principles to create a workable process
  • Configuring a process that supports the project members, helping them work more effectively
  • Adjusting the process over the course of the project
  • Selecting tools to support a small, distributed team
  • Dealing effectively with your customer

Whether you're a project lead, a programmer, or another member of the development team, this book will show you how to tap the strengths of specific processes to dramatically increase the productivity of your team.



About the Author:

Gary Pollice has worked in software development for almost thirty-five years. He was Rational Software's RUP Curmudgeon when this book was started and has since moved on to academia, where he is a professor of practice in the Computer Science Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Liz Augustine has worked in the software industry for more than twenty years, first as a software developer and now as a technical writer. Throughout her career, she has worked on projects to help software developers work more effectively.

Chris Lowe has developed software for Digital Equipment Corporation, Funk Software, Rational Software, and IBM. In his spare time, Chris is a member of Toastmasters International, plays the keyboards and sings at his church, volunteers for the Boston Museum of Science, and dabbles in woodworking.

Jas Madhur has worked in the high-tech sector in Vancouver, Canada, since 1985. He was part of the original Rational Unified Process (RUP) team, and has gone on to work as a consultant, establishing an e-learning company. He lectures on software engineering processes at the University of British Columbia, and is a member of the International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE).



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