A RUP development cycle goes through four phases: Inception, Elaboration, Construction, and Transition. This cycle ends with the release of a complete software product. What do you do during each of the various phases of the RUP? What happens during Inception, Elaboration, Construction, and Transition? What are you trying to achieve in each phase? What artifacts are produced? What activities are executed? The next four chapters will give you a sense of the dynamics of a RUP project. Each chapter is dedicated to a phase. But before you dive into these chapters, a few words of caution are necessary.