A Method Store (Understanding the Structure of OUM) - Introduction
This blog entry is the first in a series of blog entries to assist you in understanding the structure of the Oracle Unified Method.
The Oracle Unified Method (OUM) is a repository of information that can be used to support the entire enterprise IT lifecycle, including support for the successful implementation of every Oracle product.
Think of OUM as a grocery store filled with inventory (method materials) that can be used to implement your project. When you shop, you never select everything in the grocery store. You pick and choose what inventory is appropriate based on your grocery needs. The same is true for the OUM repository. You pick and choose the method materials appropriate for your project
When you shop at the grocery store, you have some idea of the inventory and how it is organized. Even if you have never been in a grocery store, you know that the inventory is organized by sections or departments, such as, a bakery, and departments for meat, produce, dairy, canned goods, etc.
The OUM repository or “store” contains a comprehensive set of method materials to support your projects. These materials are organized as well. The OUM inventory is organized by focus areas, phases, processes, activities, tasks, and work products.
Last, when you shop at the grocery store, you usually have a shopping list of what you need. This list is based on experience, habit and planning.
OUM has views, or pre-populated shopping lists that provide access to the method materials (or inventory) for particular types of projects, for example, Application Implementations, Software Upgrades, etc.
Now that we have been briefly introduced to the OUM repository and what it contains, my next few blogs will discuss how the OUM repository or “store” is organized.