Conceptual Modeling - ER 2008

Volume 5231 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 455-468

A Domain Engineering Approach for Situational Method Engineering

  • Anat AharoniAffiliated withDepartment of Management Information Systems, University of Haifa
  • , Iris Reinhartz-BergerAffiliated withDepartment of Management Information Systems, University of Haifa

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Methodologies are one of the most significant key factors to the success of project development. Since there is no single methodology that can be uniquely pointed as “the best", the discipline of situational method engineering (SME) promotes the idea of creating method components, rather than complete methodologies, and tailoring them to specific situations at hand. In this paper we present a holistic approach, called ADOM-SME, for representing method components and tailoring them into situational methodologies. This approach, whose roots are in the area of domain engineering (also known as product line engineering), supports specifying the five main methodological aspects (products, work units, stages, producers, and model units), as well as instantiating them into endeavour concepts, using a single frame of reference. Furthermore, the proposed approach enriches the standard metamodel for development methodologies, ISO/IEC 24744, by supporting the creation of valid situational methodologies and guiding their tailoring.


Method Engineering Situational Method Engineering Meta-modeling ISO/IEC 24744 Domain Engineering Product Line Engineering