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<pre> Author/s : Joshua Barnes
Publisher : IBM Press
Category : Project management, Process and Best Practices
Review by : Jeanne Boyarsky
Rating : 7 horseshoes
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"Implementing the IBM Rational Unified Process and Solutions" is an IBM Press book. As such, it reads like a 150 page IBM whitepaper. This isn't inherently good or bad, just important to know.

The audience is managers and executives. The book emphasizes ROI, TCO and selling the process. Each chapter has a "chapter return on investment" where you would normally see an introduction. Note that I'm not in the target audience, so take this review with a grain of salt.

The book walks through what to expect at different phases of implementing RUP. It has good charts and examples -- project plan, charts with sample numbers, org charts, budgets, etc. There are examples of common mistakes and things to watch out for.

The beginning of the book mentions other process to compare RUP. They walk you through a ranking tool for weighting areas of examination. This happens again in chapter six. While the example is good, I found myself thinking "didn't we already do this?"

The book was interesting. It just felt more like a whitepaper to me than what I'm used to seeing in a book.
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