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· 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
About the Author xix
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