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Project management and the rational unified process for software development projects

As a new I/T Program Management Office (PMO) within a mid-tier Property and Casualty Insurance Company, our primary goal was to implement standard methods and processes that would improve our delivery of software development products. On a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) scale, we were solidly a level 1 with very few repeatable processes. Our past successes were primarily based on the individual talents of our staff and their longevity with the organization.

The PMO’s first decision was to standardize on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) as the basis for our project management methodology. Shortly thereafter, we selected the Rational Unified Process as our standard software development methodology. This paper focuses on our efforts to integrate the two methodologies and how they work in unison to provide a solid framework to meet the goals of a software development organization.


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