Rational Unified Process (RUP) vs. Scrum

Instructor: Olga Bugajenko

Olga is a registered PRINCE2 Practitioner and has a master's degree in project management.

Rational Unified Process and Scrum are both very popular software development frameworks. In this lesson, we will review the main similarities and differences between them.

RUP and Scrum Similarities

Imagine yourself as a part of the team, creating a new social network for recipe exchange called CopyMyDinner. Building a new website with a lot of functionalities can be overwhelming. Where should you start? You first need to choose an overall strategy - in software development this is called a software development framework. The framework will give you directions for creating a project plan and monitoring your own progress, as well as save you some time by offering ready-made solutions for the most common tasks. Let's compare two popular frameworks, Rational Unified Process (RUP) and Scrum, before we decide which suits CopyMyDinner project better.

Both Rational Unified Process (RUP) and Scrum are software development frameworks. Both are considered to be agile, which means that the requirements and solutions of the project evolve as a result of team collaboration. They also both use an iterative approach, splitting the development process into distinctive stages. Both frameworks emphasize cross-functionality and collaboration, and promote self-management within the team. And finally, there is a focus on product quality within both frameworks.

RUP and Scrum Differences

In spite of the general similarities, there are also a lot of differences between these two frameworks:

RUP development framework cycle

Scrum development framework cycle

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