This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of The Rational Edge E-zine on-line magazine, copyright 2002-2003 IBM and Max Wideman.

The Rational Unified Process (RUP) is a rigorous software development process advocated by the Rational Software Corporation.

The downloadable PDF file of the paper on this site is the one prepared by the Rational Edge editorial staff with the special assistance of Ms Marlene Ellin.

Published here October, 2003.

PART IV | Recap | Progressive Acquisition Workflow
Specifying the Work | Selecting or Pre-Qualifying Suppliers
Making the Solicitation | Evaluating Submissions | Negotiating the Contract
Administering the Contract and Controlling the Supplier's Work
Terminating the Contract | Understand Progressive Acquisition
Appendix: Glossary of Terms for Progressive Acquisition


In Part I of this series we discussed bridging the gap between the expectations of traditional procurement specialists and the realistic needs of software developers. In Part II we showed how traditional contracting could be tailored to meet these needs. Part III and Part IV covered contracting basics and the various considerations that govern contract formulation. Now, in Part V, the final installment in this series, we will take a look at the activities involved in contracting and how they fit into the Rational Unified Process® (RUP®) from the acquirer's perspective. In the Appendix, we will provide a helpful glossary for preparing and administering progressive software acquisition contracts.


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