Rational Software and Object Mentor Introduce Rational Unified Process Guidance for Extreme Programming

8/20/2002 - Rational Software and Object Mentor introduced Rational Unified Process® guidance for Extreme Programming (XP) through the RUP® Plug-In for XP. This new plug-in enables developers to write better code faster by providing workflows, guidelines and other resources that offer lightweight best practices designed for developers' needs.

The RUP Plug-In for XP is a joint development project by Rational Software and Object Mentor, a leading advocate of object-oriented technologies and Extreme Programming, and one of the founding members of the Agile Alliance with Rational Software.

The RUP Plug-In for XP broadens the set of guidance available for developers by combining the strengths of the core elements of the Rational Unified Process - including iterative development and the utilization of component-based architectures - with XP's agile methodology. One of the challenges of adopting a new process is identifying just the right amount of artifacts and activities to include in each project. The RUP Plug-In for XP jump-starts development for small and medium-sized teams with an out-of-the-box set of practices, road maps and activities that help developers focus on their core mission: generating high-quality, executable code.

"The RUP Plug-In for XP combines the basic principles of the Rational Unified Process with the values and best practices of XP, enabling developers to create software easier and better," said Robert C. Martin, chief executive officer, president and founder, Object Mentor. "We believe that this plug-in broadens the target audience for the Rational Unified Process by providing access to XP techniques and disciplines within the framework of the Rational Unified Process platform. We're very pleased to be working with Rational on this initiative, and look forward to continuing our collaboration to provide developers with the training, mentoring, skill-transition and leadership necessary to help them get their projects done efficiently."

The Rational Unified Process is a platform of best practices that have been proven by customers and industry leaders throughout thousands of projects. It combines technology and domain-specific guidance with templates and examples. The Rational Unified Process platform's configuration and customization tools enable customers to right-size project guidance based on their specific needs. The Web-based delivery mechanisms of the Rational Unified Process ensure that RUP Plug-Ins are a natural extension of the desktop, providing developers with seamless access to specific guidance.

"We're thrilled to have worked so closely with Object Mentor to create the RUP Plug-In for XP," said Eric Schurr, chief marketing officer, Rational Software. "Rational and Object Mentor share many of the same beliefs about empowering developers to successfully complete their projects with just the right amount of guidance. The Rational Unified Process, which can be tailored to fit any project, liberates developers from the chaos that can be associated with software projects, enabling them to create better software faster."

Pricing and Availability
The Rational Unified Process Plug-In for XP will be available within 30 days on the Rational Developer Network's RUP Exchange as well as on Object Mentor's Web site at no cost to Rational Unified Process customers. In the United States, the Rational Unified Process is $579 per user license. Prices for countries other than the United States will vary due to shipping and delivery costs, custom clearance costs, translations and other factors. Non-United States customers should consult their local sales office for the prices in their country of intended usage.

About Object Mentor (www.objectmentor.com)
Object Mentor is a group of very senior software consultants specializing in object-oriented technology and agile software development. They provide training, mentoring and project leadership consulting to software development teams around the world.

About Rational Software (www.rational.com)
Rational Software provides a software development platform that improves the speed, quality, and predictability of software projects. This integrated, full lifecycle solution combines software engineering best practices, market-leading tools, and professional services. Ninety-eight of the Fortune 100 rely on Rational tools and services to build better software, faster. This open platform is extended by partners who provide more than 500 complementary products and services. Founded in 1981, Rational is one of the world's largest software companies, with revenues of $666.4 million in its twelve months ended June 30, 2002, and over 3,500 employees worldwide. Rational is a member of the S&P 500 Index and a component of the Nasdaq-100 Index®.

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