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The purpose of a build, constructed from other components in the implementation model, is to deliver a testable subset of the run-time functions and capabilities of the system. The Unified Process for EDUcation (UPEDU) suggests that a sequence of builds be constructed during an iteration, adding capability with each, as components from implementation subsystems are added or improved. Builds can be constructed at all levels of a system, encompassing single or multiple subsystems, but in the UPEDU, we are concerned in particular with the builds that are defined in the Artifact: Implementation Model Document, because these are the stepping stones to the completion of the iteration. If the system size or complexity warrants it, the Implementation Model Document can be refined into multiple plans, covering individual subsystems.
Note that informal builds can be constructed by an implementer for several reasonsunit testing, for example - using components from the implementer's private development workspace and the subsystem and system integration workspaces, as appropriate. However, as the term is used here, builds are constructed by an integrator, from identified versions of components delivered by the implementers into the subsystem or system integration workspaces, as defined in the Artifact: Implementation Model Document.
Builds will be constructed as defined in the Artifact: Implementation Model Document for each iteration. The UPEDU does not require any particular timing or frequency: these are selected to suit a project's specific needs. It is certainly possible, with the right degree of automation, to adopt a strategy of daily builds, taking a steady stream of components from the implementers, integrating these and testing the resulting build overnight. This will not suit all projects, particularly those that are large and require lengthy regression testing.
The Integrator is responsible for the production of builds. If the development is planned around subsystems (with associated teams), which are then integrated into the system, there may be several individuals playing the role of Integrator, perhaps, for example, one in each subsystem team (to do subsystem-level integration) and one to do system-level integration.
Builds are obviously mandatory, however, the kinds of builds that a project produces will change over the lifecycle. In the inception phase, the concern may be to produce prototypes as a way to better understand the problem or communicate with the customer; in elaboration, to produce a stable architecture, and in construction, to add functionality. In transition, the focus shifts to ensuring that the software reaches deliverable quality.