Guideline: Practices in the UMF
This guideline describes how practices are handled in the Unified Method Framework (UMF), including both practice element definitions and assignments.
Main Description

In the Unified Method Framework (UMF)Practices are defined in Practice plug-ins. For general information on Practice plug-ins, see Concept: Practice Library Plug-In Types.

All practices have a Base plug-in that contains:

  • The definitions of the practice-specific method elements (method content elements and processes). Of special importance is the definition of tasks and their associated guidance, as well as the assembly of the practice tasks into practice-specific processes.
  • The assignment of concrete work products to Work Product Slots. For more information, see Guideline: Work Product Slots in the UMF.
  • The assignment of practice-specific tool mentors (if there are any) to the appropriate Tool (all other assignments to standard categories are defined in an Assign plug-in, as described below). For more information, see Guideline: Tool Information in the UMF

In addition, since the UMF supports Delayed Assignment, if the practice contains elements that are delayed assigned (e.g., roles, tasks and/or work products), then the practice also has an Assign plug-in that contains:

For more information on Base and Assign plug-ins, see Concept: Practice Library Plug-In Parts. For more information on delayed assignment, see Guideline: Delayed Assignment in the UMF.

For an example of a Practice Base plug-in in the UMF, see UMF Practice Base Plug-In Example.

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