The role of variability in Software engineering grows increasingly as it allows developing solutions that can be easily adapted to a specific context and reusing existing knowledge. In order to deal with variability in the method engineering (ME) domain, we suggest applying the notion of method families. Method components are organized as a method family, which is configured in the given situation into a method line. In this paper, we motivate the concept of method families by comparing the existing approaches of ME. We detail then the concept of method families and illustrate it with a family of decision-making (DM) methods that we call MADISE.


Situational Method Engineering Method Family Method Line Decision-Making Methods 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Kornyshova
    • 1
  • Rébecca Deneckère
    • 1
  • Colette Rolland
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre de Recherche en InformatiqueUniversité Paris 1 Pantéhon-SorbonneParisFrance

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