Software Project Management

Software Project Management

Leveraging RUP, OpenUP, and the PMBOK


Arthur English, PMP, CSM


PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

This page is from a past PMIWDC event.

If this is not what you were looking for, visit the PM Industry Insights page to find out about upcoming events, or read more about why PMIWDC does not delete these pages.


About the Presentation

Software development projects can be complex and costly. The software development environment can be dynamic due to changing business conditions-as well as the technology evolution that may occur during projects. Across all organizations, most software development projects miss their targets dramatically. One of the major causes of these failures is poor project management that allows projects to spin out of control. The IBM Rational Unified Process (RUP) provides valuable guidance for project managers on how to address the root causes of project failure and best practices on how to guide projects to success. The RUP describes who does what, when, and how in a software development project. It provides templates to use as the starting point for project artifacts-as well as guidance and examples.

An alternative to the RUP is the Open Unified Process (OpenUP), a lightweight alternative to the RUP that is tailored for agile software development. OpenUP began with a donation to the Eclipse Open Source Foundation of process content known as the Basic Unified Process (BUP) by IBM.OpenUP is customizable and similar to the RUP. OpenUP provides valuable guidance for project managers managing agile software development projects.

While the RUP and OpenUP are comprehensive software engineering processes that cover many disciplines including project management, both can be utilized even more successfully when combined with the Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). The PMBOK addresses a number of project management processes in much more depth than RUP and OpenUP such as Project Time Management and Risk Management.

This presentation will overview how the PMBOK can be leveraged with either the RUP or OpenUPto make software development projects more successful.

Event Location

Fairview Park Marriott
3111 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA, 22042

Agenda and Cost:


Immediately before the Chapter Dinner Meeting. at 5:30pm.
Special Instructions

Preregistration is required at this PM Tools session. To ensure adequate space for our guests, we began requiring preregistration and a small fee for PM Tools in October 2011.

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speakers

Arthur English, PMP, CSM


Arthur English,PMP is a self-employed project manager at PMArtistry.  Prior to starting PMArtistry, Art was a project manager at GreenLine Systems where he managed three IT projects for US Customs and Border Protection’s Targeting and Analysis Systems Program Office. Art has over 30 years of IT experience in a wide variety of industries.  In addition to being a PMP, Art has also achieved the following credentials: Certified Scrum Master, OMG Unified Modeling Language (UML) Professional, and IBM Rational Unified Process (RUP).

About the PM Industry Insights

PM Industry Insights is PMIWDC's workshop series that addresses the practical aspects of Project Management.

These sessions are to provide you with insights on what is going on in the local industry so you can learn from it. This discussion-based session will include presentations on tools, industry panels, interviews with industry experts, workshops, etc. The target presenters will be individuals from PMO’s, university professors, consultants, etc. 

Both PM Industry Insights and the monthly dinner meeting are worth 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU) each to certified PMPs. Continued certification as a PMP requires the accumulation of these valuable credits and we are pleased to offer this opportunity to obtain both the important training and the educational credit associated with it.

Printer Friendly, PDF & Email

Thank you to Our Partners