Agile Unified Process is a simplified version of the Rational Unified Process (RUP). It describes a simple, easy to understand approach to developing business application software using agile techniques and concepts yet still remaining true to the RUP.
The serial nature of Agile UP is captured in its four phases :
Disciplines are performed in an iterative manner, defining the activities which development team members perform to build, validate, and deliver working software which meets the needs of their stakeholders. The disciplines are:
- Model. The goal of this discipline is to understand the business of the organization, the problem domain being addressed by the project, and to identify a viable solution to address the problem domain.
- Implementation. The goal of this discipline is to transform your model(s) into executable code and to perform a basic level of testing, in particular unit testing.
- Test. The goal of this discipline is to perform an objective evaluation to ensure quality. This includes finding defects, validating that the system works as designed, and verifying that the requirements are met.
- Deployment. The goal of this discipline is to plan for the delivery of the system and to execute the plan to make the system available to end users.
- Configuration Management. The goal of this discipline is to manage access to your project artifacts. This includes not only tracking artifact versions over time but also controlling and managing changes to them.
- Project Management. The goal of this discipline is to direct the activities that takes place on the project. This includes managing risks, directing people (assigning tasks, tracking progress, etc.), and coordinating with people and systems outside the scope of the project to be sure that it is delivered on time and within budget.
- Environment. The goal of this discipline is to support the rest of the effort by ensuring that the proper process, guidance (standards and guidelines), and tools (hardware, software, etc.) are available for the team as needed.
The Agile UP is based on the following principles:
- Your staff knows what they’re doing.
- Focus on high-value activities.
- Tool independence.
- You’ll want to tailor this product to meet your own needs.