It was a dark and stormy night, and suddenly a shot rang out. The information technology (IT) department had failed to deliver once again, and that was the last straw for the business stakeholdersit was time to outsource the entire department.
Sound familiar? This is happening to IT departments all over the world because they don't provide sufficient value to their business stakeholders. Stakeholders have grown tired of projects being delivered late and over budget, if they're delivered at all. They're tired of paying for the same functionality over and over again, insufficient system support, systems that don't work together, and the ever-increasing bill for IT-related services. Many IT departments are at a crossroadseither they need to change the way they work, or they need to be prepared to be replaced by other organizations that are more effective at delivering working software.
Since 1999, Ronin International, Inc. has been helping organizations adopt the Unified Process to enable them to become better at software development. At first, most clients needed help to adopt the Rational Unified Process (RUP), but later they realized that they needed help extending the RUP to address issues that go beyond software development. We at Ronin International started seeing significant commonality between customers, motivating us to develop the Enterprise Unified Process (EUP), which extends the RUP to become a full IT lifecycle. The RUP is a great starting point for many IT departments, and the EUP takes it to the next level.
One of the first things that you'll notice about this book is that we present a slightly different approach to the Unified Process. We don't work for IBM Rational, and as a result, we're in a position to objectively describe what actually works in practice. Don't worry, within the scope of the RUP, we don't deviate all that much because frankly IBM Rational has done a pretty good job within their chosen area. The value in this book is the extensions to the RUPtwo new phases and eight new disciplinesmaking the RUP truly ready for real-world IT departments. Just take a quick look at the table of contents to see what we mean.
The bottom line is that this book looks at process from the viewpoint of an entire IT department, not just a single project or system, discussing the difficult issues that IT professionals face every day. The book features a wide range of figures that illustrate what you need to do. The text describes the issues you'll face and strategies for overcoming them, but it doesn't waste your time with minute details. In every organization where we've worked, we discovered that they had good people who knew what they were doing, but what was missing was a unifying vision for getting them to work together effectively. This book won't turn you into an expert portfolio manager, enterprise architect, or whatever, but it will explain the fundamental issues and strategies that these roles address within your IT organization.Features of This Book
This book has several features that will make it a valuable resource for you:
It is practical: This book provides practical advice in an easy-to-read manner.
It covers the critical issues: This book focuses on the fundamental issues that you will face on a daily basis and describes options for addressing the issues. It does not, however, waste your time covering extraneous details, which are typically unique to your organization anyway.
It is consistent with the RUP: The chapters describing the new phases and disciplines include many workflow diagrams that follow the same approach within the RUP product. Existing RUP practitioners will instantly recognize and understand them.
It includes case studies: We share our experiences, most good (although some bad), gained by introducing the RUP and EUP into organizations since 1999.
It includes Reader Return on Investment (ROI) boxes: Each chapter begins with a summary of the critical points made within the chapter, providing a quick overview of the chapter.
It contains suggested resources: Each chapter ends with suggestions for where to look for more information.
Extend RUP to Drive Improvements Across the Entire IT Lifecycle
The Rational Unified Process is a powerful tool for improving software development -- but it doesn't go nearly far enough. Today's development organizations need to extend RUP to cover the entire IT lifecycle, including the cross-project and enterprise issues it largely ignores. The Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) does precisely that, enabling you to deliver systems that meet all the needs of today's businesses. Now, EUP's creator and architects present the definitive introduction to EUP, and demonstrate how to use it in your environment.
The Enterprise Unified Process systematically identifies the business and technical problems that RUP fails to address, and shows how EUP fills those gaps. Using actual examples and case studies, the authors introduce processes and disciplines for producing new software, implementing strategic reuse, "sunsetting" obsolete code and systems, managing software portfolios, and much more. Their independent, "tool agnostic" coverage will be indispensable no matter which RUP products or platforms you've invested in. Coverage includes
Practical, step-by-step guidance for adopting EUP in midsized-to-large organizations
Proven processes for optimizing ongoing IT operations and support
Enterprise business modeling and architecture with EUP
EUP disciplines for enterprise administration, people management, and software process improvement
Using the new EUP plug-in for IBM's RUP platform
Workflow diagrams fully consistent with RUP for easy understanding
Detailed appendices covering EUP roles, artifacts, and terminology
EUP is the missing link that can help IT professionals achieve the full benefits of RUP in the enterprise. This book will help you discover it, master it, implement it, and succeed with it.
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