Agile Software Engineering Methodology for Information Systems’ Integration Projects

  • Kuldar TaveterEmail author
  • Alex Norta
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10646)


In this paper, first the notions are defined that are important for running integration projects – system of systems and sociotechnical system – and it is then argued that integrated systems should be treated as sociotechnical systems of systems. This is followed by defining the conceptual framework – viewpoint framework – required for agile engineering of such systems. Based on the viewpoint framework, the agile software engineering methodology for engineering sociotechnical systems of systems is then defined, proceeding by different viewpoint aspects. Presenting the methodology is illustrated by examples from the ongoing large-scale integration project by the European Union.


System of systems Sociotechnical system Agile software engineering Integration project 



The research work reported in this article has been supported by the TOOP project of the Horizon 2020 program for research and innovation by the European Commission.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Software ScienceTallinn University of TechnologyTallinnEstonia

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