Agile Modeling: Effective Practices for eXtreme Programming and the Unified Process

  • 7h 57m
  • Scott W. Ambler
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2002

Extreme Programming (XP) and the Unified Process (UP) have both caused quite a sensation in the software development community. Although XP offers a methodology for faster software development, many developers find that it does not explicitly include modeling time, which is crucial to ensure that a project meets its proposed requirements. UP developers, on the other hand, have found that the UP approach to modeling is too documentation-intensive and top heavy, thus impeding progress.

Enter Agile Modeling (AM)––a unique methodology specifically designed to enhance your modeling efforts on software development projects.

In this innovative book, Scott Ambler reviews how to:

  • Model on an XP project without detracting from its fast-moving and agile software development approach
  • Simplify the modeling disciplines/workflows of the UP without losing any of the true benefits of those disciplines
  • Use modeling to explore an issue or to facilitate communication
  • Effectively apply the UML, and extend it with other methodologies, to meet your real-world development needs
  • Reduce the documentation burden on your project by writing agile documents
  • Use simple modeling tools, such as index cards and whiteboards, and know when to use complex CASE tools
  • Rethink your approach to work areas, modeling teams, and modeling sessions

About the Author

Scott W. Ambler is President and a senior consultant of Ronin International, a software services consulting firm that specializes in software process mentoring and object/component-based software architecture and development. Scott is the author and/or coauthor of numerous books and also coeditor, with Larry Constantine, of the Unified Process series from CMP Books. Scott is a contributing editor with Software Development magazine and a columnist with IBM developerWorks. Scott has spoken at UML World, Software Development, OOPSLA, Object Expo, Java Expo, and Application Development.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • Agile Modeling Values
  • Core Principles
  • Supplementary Principles
  • Core Practices
  • Supplementary Practices
  • Order From Chaos: How the AM Practices Fit Together
  • Communication
  • Nurturing an Agile Culture
  • Using the Simplest Tools Possible?
  • Agile Work Areas
  • Agile Modeling Teams
  • Agile Modeling Sessions
  • Agile Documentation
  • The UML and Beyond
  • Setting the Record Straight
  • Agile Modeling and eXtreme Programming
  • Agile Modeling Throughout the XP Lifecycle
  • Modeling During the XP Exploration Phase
  • Modeling During an XP Iteration: Searching for Items
  • Modeling During an XP Iteration: Totaling an Order
  • Agile Modeling and the Unified Process
  • Agile Modeling Throughout the Unified Process Lifecycle
  • Agile Business Modeling
  • Agile Requirements
  • Agile Analysis and Design
  • Agile Infrastructure Management
  • Adopting AM on an UP Project
  • Adopting Agile Modeling or Overcoming Adversity
  • Conclusion: Choose to Succeed


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