Dave Thomas: EssUP Embraces Agility
Thomas (not to be confused with "Prag Dave" Thomas) is perhaps best known as the founder what became the IBM OTI Labs, responsible for initial development of the Eclipse open source IDE and the Visual Age Java development environment. He has had plenty of time to create and reflect on the effectiveness of toolsets for software development. Given his experience, it's interesting to read this in the article:
Despite the increased amount of process and tools, organizations soon observed that just increasing process didn't seem to result in more predictable, higher quality software. The Agile Alliance emerged from the Agile Manifesto when a community of successful software developers took a public position against the process/method heavy approach and instead focused on the practices that produce software and how one can improve them.What distinguishes EssUP, in his opinion, is that it is simpler, more flexible and more extensible than previous expressions of UP. He says "the approach is practice-centric instead of process-role centered." In addition, it is presented with a lightweight and friendly approach which "makes learning the process easy, some might say even agile."
His review of the EssUP included these points:
- Lean Set of Concepts: in the spirit of Lean Software, only those practices which one really needs.
- Easy To Learn / Brief Presentation: a refreshing presentation approach using cards, and guidance sheets.
- Embracing Agility: this is most apparent in the inclusion of a Team Essentials practice that focuses on social engineering and the people focussed side of agile development processes.
- Open and Extensible: in contrast to the more comprehensive and self contained RUP, EssUP focuses on the essence and provides references to the original foundation works of software community,to make it clear that professionals have a body of knowledge which is essential to this work.
Call me EssUP