Private Study - Unified Process Essentials
  • Study at your own pace
  • Practical exercises
  • Individual coaching by trainers with field experience
  • Certificate

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The Unified Process is one of the most popular and documented frameworks for modern software development. The Unified Process contains a set of practices that have been successful over and over again in the field. Most popular variants are the commercially available IBM Rational Unified Process and the open source OpenUP. This Empulsys course is excellent when you are working in the field of software development and want to work according to the principles of modern iterative software development.

The Goals of the Course
After this course:

  • You have an understanding of the contents of the Unified Process
  • You know the principles behind business value driven software development
  • You know the four phases of the Unified Process' project lifecycle and their purpose
  • You are familiar with key work products and their purpose
  • You have an understanding of the nine disciplines of the Unified Process
  • You have a basic understanding of planning iterative projects and iterations
  • You know what a multidisciplinary team is and why the Unified Process has adopted this approach
  • You have an understanding of how the Unified Process must be applied in the field


In this course you will start out with the pitfalls of software projects and the practices to avoid them. Next you will study the lifecycle of iterative projects, and the contents of the Unified Process in terms of phases, disciplines and work products. After that you will move on to the practical applications by learning about project planning and project teams.

De course consists of five modules.

Module 1 - Best Practices
What is the Unified Process, what are the key principles and how do they relate to different popular methods?

Module 2 - Project Lifecycle
What are the four phases of a project and what is the focus of each phase?

Module 3 - Work products and disciplines
What are the key work products and disciplines?

Module 4 - Planning an iterative project
The basics of planning projects and iterations.

Module 5 - Team work
What are multidisciplinary teams, what are the responsibilities of the primary roles and how do they work togehther?

Course Materials
This course is based on excellent English literature complemented by a course guide, a work book containing exercises, and example documents. The guide, work book and example documents are available in English, Dutch and French. The exercises will get you actively involved in the subject of the course and will make sure you will do this course with enthusiasm and persistence.
The course is based on the following literature:

  • The Rational Unified Process made Easy, Kroll & Kruchten, 11th printing, December 2007, ISBN 0-321-16609-4


Before starting the course you will have a personal intake meeting with your teacher. The goal of the intake is to fine-tune the content to your specific needs making sure you will have a maximum of results. During the meeting you will receive all course materials. Finally you will set up a course schedule and agreements on communications with your teacher during the course.

Course set-up
You will receive materials, a plan and support by a teacher. You are free to decide when and how fast you wish to study.

The course is split up into five modules. For each module the guide book contains information or points out relevant chapters to study. The guide also contains exercises to immediately put freshly obtained knowledge to action. Each module ends with a closing quiz or assignment.

At the end of every module you will receive intermediate feedback from you teacher. You are invited to send your exercise results to your teacher directly after finishing each module. The teacher will review and correct your results.

After the third module you will have a one hour meeting with your teacher. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss progress. Furthermore it is the perfect opportunity to receive extra clarification on course topics of your choice.

After the last module you will have a close out meeting with your teacher. This is another opportunity to ask questions. Finally you will receive the certificate of successful completion of the course. The certificate will only be awarded in case you successfully completed the course within six months after the intake meeting.

Your Teacher
Your teacher is always a very experienced professional regarding the course subject. On request we can provide Dutch, English or French speaking teachers.


No educational prerequisites
You do not need specific education in order to follow this course. This course is aimed at anyone who is currently involved in the software development process in any role. The course is particularly useful for requirements analysts, architects, developers, testers and project managers, but is also very suitable for division managers or QA officers.


For doing the exercises you do need a computer which is connected to the internet.

System requirements

  • Computer with MS-Word compatible word processor
  • Internet connection and email

Duration and Investment

Course Duration
The time you will need to complete this course heavily depends on your current level of knowledge, experience, and on how regular you will spend time studying. The course can be finished in between 15 and 25 hours.


  • The tariff for this course is € 695,- excl. VAT.
  • Course material included, literature excluded.
  • Literature can be obtained personally or through Empulsys.
  • Tariffs may change at any time.



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