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The Rational Unified Process Made Easy: A Practitioner's Guide to the RUP: A Practitioner's Guide to the RUP Paperback – April 18, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0321166098 ISBN-10: 0321166094 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (April 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321166094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321166098
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"Per Kroll and Philippe Kruchten are especially well suited to explain the RUP...because they have been the central forces inside Rational Software behind the creation of the RUP and its delivery to projects around the world."

--From the Foreword by Grady Booch

This book is a comprehensive guide to modern software development practices, as embodied in the Rational Unified Process, or RUP. With the help of this book's practical advice and insight, software practitioners will learn how to tackle challenging development projects--small and large--using an iterative and risk-driven development approach with a proven track record.

The Rational Unified Process Made Easy will teach you the key points involved in planning and managing iterative projects, the fundamentals of component design and software architecture, and the proper employment of use cases. All team members--from project managers to analysts, from developers to testers--will learn how to immediately apply the RUP to their work. You will learn that the RUP is a flexible, versatile process framework that can be tailored to suit the needs of development projects of all types and sizes.

Key topics covered include:

  • How to use the RUP to develop iteratively, adopt an architecture-centric approach, mitigate risk, and verify software quality
  • Tasks associated with the four phases of the RUP: Inception, Elaboration, Construction, and Transition
  • Roles and responsibilities of project managers, architects, analysts, developers, testers, and process engineers in a RUP project
  • Incrementally adopting the RUP with minimal risk
  • Common patterns for failure with the RUP--and how to avoid them

Use this book to get quickly up to speed with the RUP, so you can easily employ the significant power of this process to increase the productivity of your team.

About the Author

Per Kroll manages the development of RUP and is responsible for IBM Rational process strategy. He launched and is the project lead for the open source process initiative Eclipse Process Framework (EPF). In addition to his highly acclaimed books, Per has written for a variety of trade magazines.

Philippe Kruchten is the lead architect of the Rational Unified Process. He has more than thirty years of experience in the development of large software-intensive systems for the telecommunications, defense, aerospace, and transportation industries. His book The Rational Unified Process: An Introduction (Addison-Wesley) has been translated into eight languages and has sold more than 160,000 copies in its two previous editions.




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Excellent guide to get up to speed with RUP.
B. L. Haines
Namely: - "The Rational Unified Process, An Introduction", by Philippe Kruchthen - This book - The Eeles et al. book on J2EE and RUP.
Panagiotis Varlagas
I read this book couple times and both found something interesting.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Giles Lewis on August 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
"RUP Made Easy" is the best book available for anyone trying to learn how to actually do RUP. "The Rational Unified Process: An Introduction" by Kruchten (3rd Ed.) does a better job of explaining the principles behind RUP, but the problem with "An Introduction" is that it does not explain how to actually do anything. "Made Easy", on the other hand, is filled with lots of practical examples. I usually recommend "An Introduction" for senior managers within the organization who need to understand why we are using RUP; but for the project managers, analysts and developers who are doing the actual work I always recommend "Made Easy". "Made Easy" is also the book I am most likely to turn to for reference when someone asks a question about RUP.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Panagiotis Varlagas on August 5, 2003
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First of all, let me share with you something that most of you may already know: There are only three books on the RUP. Namely:
- "The Rational Unified Process, An Introduction", by Philippe Kruchthen
- This book
- The Eeles et al. book on J2EE and RUP.
I haven't read any of the other two books, so I cannot tell you how this book falls into the greater scheme of things. I.e. I do not know what sort of overlap exists with the RUP Intro book, or which of the two to read first, etc. What I can tell you though is that this book, as it stands on its own, is a very good book in helping you (a) understand what the RUP is and (b) understand how to apply it on your projects.
First of all, the two authors of the book are as authoritative as can be. Kruchten (the author of the Intro book) is the chief technical RUP guy in Rational. Kroll is the Rational director (or whatever his new title is now under IBM) responsible for the RUP. These guys know the RUP and in a sense _are_ the RUP.
Now, to focus more on the book per se, it is as follows: It starts with a general intro chapter and then it moves on to chapter 2, which captures the so-called "Spirit of the RUP". It contains 8 tenets which sort-of summarize the philosophy of the RUP. Just as with a legal system, where it is not sufficient to only know articles of laws and statutes but you have to be extremely familiar and cognizant of the context in which these laws are applied and the purpose they serve in order to judge correctly, similarly with the RUP you don't only need to know the product with all the info and features it provides, but you need to have absorbed the philosophy that governs the process in order to apply the given material in the appropriate and most fruitful manner.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jose Papo on October 5, 2005
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I teach RUP classes in Brazil and the most difficult thing for the students is to understand the core practices of RUP(what I like to call Agile RUP) without getting swallowed by all the details of the hundreds activities, artifacts, roles, guidelines, etc.

This book is the best way for a student to understand RUP after a few lessons with a teacher. It's very practical and focused on the core practices of RUP.

Read this book and you probably will not fall in the trap of using RUP in a waterfall way or think of RUP as a heavyweight process :-) !!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Igor Mandrosov on June 25, 2003
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For years, the only intro for RUP was Philippe Kruchten's book. And it was not enough... Then Larman's book came out (the great one, no doubt!), but this book is too much for someone who wants to understand process without going into UML discussions (the main purpose of Larman's book).
"Rational Unified Process Made Easy" finally closes the gap.
Even if you know (or think you know) RUP, it would be a good idea to buy this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julian Holmes on August 7, 2006
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There is plenty of theory written about RUP, but how it should be applied to your role or your project is often misunderstood.
This book not only provides the overview, but the contextual guidance to make RUP work for you.
As a long-term RUP mentor and user, I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Henry on March 8, 2006
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This book does a great job of showing steps of practical application of the RUP. The book may seem repetitive on a few points, but I feel the points bear repeating. This book has been invaluable in helping cut through the misinformation thrown around by some who have gotten the executive summary of RUP and know just enough to be dangerous. I recently completed a seven-part online course on the RUP that was based on this book. The book did a far better job of making the RUP understandable.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "dissip" on June 26, 2003
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This is a good book telling the philosophy behind RUP. And it also gives some practical advice to adopt, config and apply RUP.Although it is not a thorough description of RUP because it doesn't systematicly describe the disciplines in RUP, it provides some other reference. A good book for RUP beginners.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James D. Peckham on April 18, 2007
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I'm a solo developer, and without this book i would be refactoring my code every few days still.

Thank you RUP for putting my head on straight to understand iterations of the SDLC and apply them to even small projects with few assets.

RUP gives you the tools to understand your system before you write it by iteratively working with the people who will be using the system! Your customers/Users!
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