This chapter introduced some of the most critical components of the RUP process framework. It covered the history and evolution of RUP and its certification program from its origin until today. It also looked ahead into a possible future of RUP. Using some basic RUP terminologies, this chapter mapped RUP concepts to the structure of the book. Now that you have read this chapter, try to name a few key principles, disciplines, and RUP phases and approach the exercises. By the end of this book, you will have internalized them.
One key lesson for waterfall methodology practitioners is that compared to the waterfall approach, iterative-development can be seen as many mini-waterfalls. As is apparent from Figure 1-7, another important take-away is that activities from numerous disciplines are performed in parallel in any given iteration and not sequentially.