Rational Unified Process Core Workflows: Business Modeling
Based on Rational Software White Paper “Best Practices for Software Development Teams”
The core process workflows in RUP are divided into six core “engineering” workflows:
The goal of the Requirements workflow is to describe what the system should do and allows the developers and the customer to agree on that description. To achieve this, we elicit, organize, and document required functionality and constraints; track and document tradeoffs and decisions.
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One reason is that XP doesn’t have the scope of RUP. This is quite intentional: XP is about programming to meet a business need. How that business need occurred and how it’s modeled, captured, and reasoned about is not XP’s main concern. The XP team member who is the customer presents the distillation of requirements as stories to the XP development team;
they are also the arbiters of business value. The magic of how the stories came to be expressed (or expressible) in that form is not the concern of XP. So, for example, what RUP describes in its Business Modeling discipline is outside the scope of XP (Business Modeling in RUP has ~14 artifacts). XP describes a process that has regular releases to the customer. The logistics of deployment of these releases are not the concern of development,
so the RUP Deployment discipline is largely outside the scope of XP (Deployment in RUP has ~9 artifacts). Therefore, for a small project amenable to XP, you would expect to omit ~23 artifacts when tailoring RUP.
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