Strategic Reuse with Asset-Based Development

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 16 May 2008

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ISBN-10: 0738485950
ISBN-13: 9780738485959
IBM Form #: SG24-7529-00
(774 pages)

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Authors: Joe DeCarlo, Lee Ackerman, Paul Elder, Chris Busch, Ana Lopez-Mancisidor, Jin Kimura, Rishi S. Balaji


Reuse has often been touted as an approach to solving issues, such as time to market and solution quality. Reuse over the years has taken on a number of forms, ranging from copy and paste of code, reuse of objects, reuse of components, to more recently the reuse of services. However, we still find ourselves running late on our projects (when we do deliver) and having poor quality.

Unfortunately, we often underestimate the effort and forethought needed in creating a successful reuse program within an organization. Successful reuse is not something that happens by accident or by just wishing it to be true.
This IBM Redbooks publication is focused on a best practice-based approach to strategic reuse within software delivery, known as Asset-Based Development, that will assist in addressing these issues. We do not contend that this is the “silver bullet” that will fix all of the issues that ail software delivery. However, Asset-Based Development is a key tool that needs to be found within the tool chest of all software development organizations (or at least those that want to succeed).

This book is intended for all individuals who want to implement or understand strategic reuse with Rational Asset Manager.

Table of contents

Part 1. Introduction
Chapter 1. Introduction to Asset-Based Development
Chapter 2. ZYX Electronics case study
Chapter 3. Tools in support of Asset-Based Development
Chapter 4. Introduction to the IBM Rational Unified Process
Chapter 5. Asset-Based Development and Asset Governance Rational Method Composer plug-ins
Chapter 6. Value, impact, and return on investment

Part 2. Reusable Assets
Chapter 7. Adopting Asset-Based Development
Chapter 8. Configure your asset repository
Chapter 9. Produce reusable assets
Chapter 10. Consume reusable assets
Chapter 11. Manage reusable assets

Part 3. Service Assets in an SOA
Chapter 12. Introduction to service assets
Chapter 13. Producing service assets
Chapter 14. Consuming service assets
Chapter 15. Managing service assets

Part 4. Patterns
Chapter 16. Introduction to patterns
Chapter 17. Produce: Model-to-text pattern implementations
Chapter 18. Produce: Model-to-model
Chapter 19. Produce: Packaging for deployment
Chapter 20. Consuming pattern implementations
Chapter 21. Managing pattern implementation assets

Appendix A. Rational Asset Manager: Installation and administration
Appendix B. Integrating Asset-Based Development into a process
Appendix C. Additional material

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