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Situational Method Engineering

  • The first comprehensive summary of what situational method engineering is and how to apply it

  • A formal meta-model allows readers to perform quality assessment for customized methods

  • Illustrates successfully customized methods with the help of several industrial case studies

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. SME Basics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Brian Henderson-Sellers, Jolita Ralyté, Pär J. Ågerfalk, Matti Rossi
      Pages 3-25
    3. Brian Henderson-Sellers, Jolita Ralyté, Pär J. Ågerfalk, Matti Rossi
      Pages 27-52
    4. Brian Henderson-Sellers, Jolita Ralyté, Pär J. Ågerfalk, Matti Rossi
      Pages 53-68
    5. Brian Henderson-Sellers, Jolita Ralyté, Pär J. Ågerfalk, Matti Rossi
      Pages 69-114
  3. Applying SME in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Brian Henderson-Sellers, Jolita Ralyté, Pär J. Ågerfalk, Matti Rossi
      Pages 117-131
    3. Brian Henderson-Sellers, Jolita Ralyté, Pär J. Ågerfalk, Matti Rossi
      Pages 133-167
    4. Brian Henderson-Sellers, Jolita Ralyté, Pär J. Ågerfalk, Matti Rossi
      Pages 169-194
    5. Brian Henderson-Sellers, Jolita Ralyté, Pär J. Ågerfalk, Matti Rossi
      Pages 195-231
    6. Brian Henderson-Sellers, Jolita Ralyté, Pär J. Ågerfalk, Matti Rossi
      Pages 233-258
  4. The Future of SME

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. Brian Henderson-Sellers, Jolita Ralyté, Pär J. Ågerfalk, Matti Rossi
      Pages 261-272
    3. Brian Henderson-Sellers, Jolita Ralyté, Pär J. Ågerfalk, Matti Rossi
      Pages 273-274
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 275-310

About this book

Introduction

While previously available methodologies for software – like those published in the early days of object technology – claimed to be appropriate for every conceivable project, situational method engineering (SME) acknowledges that most projects typically have individual characteristics and situations. Thus, finding the most effective methodology for a particular project needs specific tailoring to that situation. Such a tailored software development methodology needs to take into account all the bits and pieces needed for an organization to develop software, including the software process, the input and output work products, the people involved, the languages used to describe requirements, design, code, and eventually also measures of success or failure.

The authors have structured the book into three parts. Part I deals with all the basic concepts, terminology and overall ideas underpinning situational method engineering. As a summary of this part, they present a formal meta-model that enables readers to create their own quality methods and supporting tools. In Part II, they explain how to implement SME in practice, i.e., how to find method components and put them together and how to evaluate the resulting method. For illustration, they also include several industry case studies of customized or constructed processes, highlighting the impact that high-quality engineered methods can have on the success of an industrial software development. Finally, Part III summarizes some of the more recent and forward-looking ideas.

This book presents the first summary of the state of the art for SME. For academics, it provides a comprehensive conceptual framework and discusses new research areas. For lecturers, thanks to its step-by-step explanations from basics to the customization and quality assessment of constructed methods, it serves as a solid basis for comprehensive courses on the topic. For industry methodologists, it offers a reference guide on features and technologies to consider when developing in-house software development methods or customising and adopting off-the-shelf ones.

Keywords

Development Methodology Domain Ontologies ISO/IEC 24744 Meta-Modeling MetaEdit+ Method Engineering Model Development Software Development Methods Software Process Engineering

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of SoftwareUniversity of Technology, SydneyBroadwayAustralia
  2. 2.CUI, Battelle - bâtiment AUniversity of GenevaCarougeSwitzerland
  3. 3.Dept. of Informatics and MediaUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  4. 4.Aalto UniversityAaltoFinland

About the authors

Brian Henderson-Sellers is Director of the Centre for Object Technology Applications and Research and Professor of Information Systems at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has authored over a dozen books on object and agent technologies and is well-known for his work in OO methodologies and in OO metrics. In 1999, he was voted number 3 in the Who’s Who of Object Technology. Brian has been a member of the Review Panel for the OMG’s Software Process Engineering Model standards initiative and a member of the UML2.0 review team, was General Chair of the IFIP WG8.1 Working Conference on Method Engineering and is Co-Editor of the ISO/IEC 24744 International Standard “Software Engineering Metamodel for Development Methodologies”.

Jolita Ralyté is a senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Geneva’s Department of Information Systems. Her research areas include situational method engineering, information systems development methods, information systems evolution and interoperability, requirement engineering, and services science. Currently she is a Vice-Chair of the IFIP WG 8.1 and leads the Method Engineering Task Group within the IFIP WG 8.1.

Pär Ågerfalk is a professor at Uppsala University’s Department of Informatics and Media, where he holds the Chair of Computer Science in Intersection with Social Sciences. His research on open source software development, open innovation, globally distributed and flexible software development, conceptual modelling and method engineering has appeared in a number of leading journals and conferences.

Matti Rossi is a professor of information systems at Aalto University School of Economics. He has been involved in the development of research prototypes and commercial products, including MetaEdit Personal, a single user CASE tool, and MetaEdit+, a multi-user integrated CASE tool, selected among the three most innovative new software tools at CeBIT 95 by Byte and used for the development of user interfaces for Nokia’s latest generations of mobile phones.

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Reviews

"This book offers a comprehensive body of knowledge related to the Method Engineering discipline. It provides a summary and synthesis of all past efforts in this domain and clarifies the domain terminology. I suggest it to every researcher interested in the art of method design, not only in software engineering but also in other fields." Marko Bajec, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

"I am confident this text will prove an invaluable resource for those interested in improving the standard of software development and the resulting software applications." from the foreword by Mary O'Kane, NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, Sydney, Australia

"This book deftly balances the advantages of situational method engineering in terms of its practical application, underpinned by the solid theory from worldwide research. I heartily recommend it for both researchers and practitioners." from the foreword by Julian Edwards, Chief Operating Officer, Object Consulting, Sydney, Australia