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Project Management with the IBM Rational Unified Process: Lessons From The Trenches

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  • Copyright 2007
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-279982-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-279982-9

·      Master win–win techniques for managing outsourced and offshore projects, from procurement and risk mitigation to maintenance

·      Use RUP to implement best-practice project management throughout the software development lifecycle

·      Overcome key management challenges, from changing requirements to managing user expectations

The Hands-On, Start-to-Finish Guide to Managing Software Projects with the IBM® Rational Unified Process®

This is the definitive guide to managing software development projects with the IBM Rational Unified Process (RUP®). Drawing on his extensive experience managing projects with the RUP, R. Dennis Gibbs covers the entire development lifecycle, from planning and requirements to post-mortems and system maintenance. Gibbs offers especially valuable insights into using the RUP to manage outsourced projects and any project relying on distributed development teams—outsourced, insourced, or both.

This “from the trenches” guidebook is invaluable for anyone interested in best practices for managing software development: project managers, team leaders, procurement and contracting specialists, quality assurance and software process professionals, consultants, and developers. If you’re already using the RUP, Gibbs will help you more effectively use it. Whatever your role or the RUP experience, you’ll learn ways to

·      Simplify and streamline the management of any large-scale or outsourced project

·      Overcome the challenges of using the RUP in software project management

·      Optimize software procurement and supplier relationships, from Request for Proposals (RFPs) and contracts to delivery

·      Staff high-performance project teams and project management offices

·      Establish productive, consistent development environments

·      Run effective project kickoffs

·      Systematically identify and mitigate project risks

·      Manage the technical and business challenges of changing requirements

·      Organize iterations and testing in incremental development processes

·      Transition new systems into service: from managing expectations to migrating data

·      Plan system maintenance and implement effective change control

·      Learn all you can from project post-mortems—and put those lessons into practice

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  xvii

About the Author  xix

Introduction  1

Chapter 1: Introduction to Outsourcing  7

Chapter 2: Overview of the Rational Unified Process  21

Chapter 3: Getting Started: Request for Proposals (RFPs), Proposals, and Contracts  43

Chapter 4: Best Practices for Staffing the Outsourcing Organization’s Project Management Office (PMO)  65

Chapter 5: Best Practices for Staffing the Contractor’s Software Project Team  79

Chapter 6: Establishing the Software Development Environment  93

Chapter 7: Inception: Kicking Off the Project  113

Chapter 8: Identifying and Managing Risks  127

Chapter 9: Navigating the Requirements Management Process  139

Chapter 10: Construction Iterations: Staying on Target  161

Chapter 11: Testing  175

Chapter 12: Transitioning a System into Service  197

Chapter 13: System Operations and Maintenance Issues  213

Chapter 14: Using Consultants Effectively  223

Chapter 15: The Project Postmortem  235

Appendix A: Common Mistakes Utilizing RUP  247

Appendix B: Implementing a Two-Stage Procurement Process  253

Glossary  259

Bibliography  267

Index  271


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