InstaProcess: OpenUP. Tailoring is where you want to be

In the Insta-age of agility, OpenUP is where you want to be if you’re in the process business.

What is OpenUP?

OpenUP is a lean Unified Process that applies iterative and incremental approaches within a structured lifecycle. OpenUP embraces a pragmatic, agile philosophy that focuses on the collaborative nature of software development. It is a tools-agnostic, low-ceremony process that can be extended to address a broad variety of project types.

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OpenUP layers: micro-increments, iteration lifecycle and project lifecycle

Why?

  • Because it is the closest thing to a process that is universally available, self-sustainable, industry founded and baselined
  • Why Again?
    • Process becomes insta(inter/intra plug & play)
      • a framework that facilitates intra/inter organizational communication(s)

With the Eclipse framework and fine tutorial material you can have a tailored process up and running, PUBLISHED ON-LINE, very quickly or less that is bus-tech optimized.

That’s adoptable.  

Need more tech, just reach into Rational Unified Process and process model yourself to heaven; (or hell).  And, it’s open source.  With this framework, you plug and play into a cosmos of integration and process friendly platforms.    

Now.  Where do you go?

 

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Triangle of Love and Universal Governance

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of implementing an Enterprise Governance Framework.  It was great and it worked, and that’s exactly why my perception of Governance has evolved.  Big brother can work quite effectively.  By that I mean a quick witted project manager can learn how to sit on brother’s shoulders, and that is the Achilles heal of a Governance framework in this day age.  Governance today is visible, manipulatable, and overarching.

Agree that one size does not fit all in the real world and you’ll be hard pressed to figure out how to govern, and again that’s because most organizations today try to develop an overarching Governance framework while Corp-cultural paradigms are in the process of being redefined for agility.  You’ll figure out how to govern when you settle on what to govern, in doing so you can be one step closer to a universal governance model.

Consider governance of a process.  I call the figure below the triangle of love (long story…).

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In process design, my humble opinion is Governance and Controls should come last, so you know what you’re governing and controlling. “Governing” vs. Governance is a key consideration. “GOVERNING” means active Governance with a focus on organizational Design and Strategy to empower a culture geared towards people as the primary drivers, thus providing organizational leadership with the necessary support to realize desired outcomes by focusing on activities. By aligning Controls and Gating (Governing) to Activities as the primary driver, as a process is tailored, Governance becomes dynamic and is for lack of a better term, carried, thus supportive and universal in nature. Note how controls, gating and human factors are all underlying, or for lack of a better term, underground.

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Then, keep it simple.

Michael