On this page you will learn what practices are, how they solve business problems, and how you can learn more about them.
Generally speaking, a practice is set of techniques for accomplishing a goal. Usually a part of a larger process, a practice represents a chosen way to pursue a related goal. For example, suppose you want to write a story. Some possible practices are:
A storyteller could choose one of these practices, or a combination of them. For each practice, there can be tool-specific guidance (tool mentors), that tell you how to create outlines in a word processor, or how to create cartoons using a graphics tool and clip art library.
In terms of software development, a practice:
The following are characteristics of IBM practices.
Practices allow an organization to adopt improved development techniques in a loosely coupled, modular way. This allows for incremental adoption which is easier and leads to measurable results sooner. Independent practices can be learned separately, over time, and successful adoption can be measured as teams are ready.
The IBM Practices library is a library of over 60 practices, addressing a range of software and systems development practices, as well as enterprise process and portfolio management concerns.
Presentations and additional enablement material are available for the following practices.: