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Volume 16 / Issue 3

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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-016-03-0424


Situational Method Engineering: State-of-the-Art Review

Brian Henderson-Sellers (University of Technology, Australia)

Jolita Ralyté (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Abstract: The situational method engineering (SME) literature is surveyed and a synoptic evaluation presented in the context of formalizing and regularizing the conceptual framework and underpinning theory. Metamodels proposed for use in SME are evaluated as well as high-level process models for method construction. Method fragments and method chunks are then described formally followed by their identification and creation (from existing methods, from scratch or from past usage). Method creation is then analyzed in terms of various processes for constructing a full methodology from the method fragments/chunks. In particular, we contrast the use of the "map" technique and of the "deontic matrix" technique. The survey is concluded with an evaluation of some ideas on method tailoring and the emerging research on quality evaluation applied to SME.

Keywords: design, information systems, metamodels, method chunks, method component, method configuration, method construction, method fragments, method tailoring, methodology, situational method engineering, software engineering

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