Practices enable a compositional approach to building methods. This approach offers the following benefits:
Adaptability and scalability
Easy to configure and use
Adaptability and Scalability
Practices can be adapted to support a range of solutions. In particular, practices can be adapted to suit
your organization and supplemented by your own practices.
The core practices are based on a common framework that allows them to be composed. These core practices are
tool-agnostic, low-ceremony practices that can be extended to address a broad variety of development concerns, such as
SOA, geographical distribution, model-driven architecture and embedded systems. Tool and technology specific guidance
can be added, such as guidance on J2EE, and a variety of development tools. Some of these extensions can be quite
modest, adding for example just tool specific guidance to existing tasks, while others can be comprehensive,
defining processes that provide a radically expanded scope with new or altered artifacts, new or altered tasks, and new
or altered roles.
Extensions and additions to the practices can be the following:
being used internally by an organization;
open source as a part of the Eclipse Process Framework (EPF) project;
made freely available outside the open source licenses of Eclipse (EPL);
sold commercially as an extension to the basic framework, such as the IBM(R) Practices.
Each practice is described as a standalone capability that can be adopted by an organization or project. Each
practice may include enablement materials that explain how to get started.
Easy to Configure and Use
Creating a method is as simple as selecting the practices that you wish to adopt, and then publishing the
results. Each practice adds itself into the framework so that content can be viewed by practice, or across
practices by work product, role, task and so on.
Since a practice can be easily authored on its own, practices are ideal for community development. The basic agile
practices for the EPF Practices are, in fact, developed by the Eclipse Process Framework community.