Situational Method Engineering for Information Systems Project Approaches

Frank Harmsen, Sjaak Brinkkemper, Han Oei

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of Situational Method Engi-neering, which is a type of method engineering. Situational Method Engineering aims at harmonisation of methods by providing rules to configure project-specific methods out of fragments from existing standard methods. It stems from the need for controlled flexibility, which is a compromise between the ad-hoc tuning of methods and the application of rigid, standard methods. Method fragments are stored in a method base, which constitutes the central repository of a Com-puter Aided Method Engineering (CAME) tool. The CAME tool is used to manipulate method fragments in order to configure project-specific methods. We present a model of the method base, as well as operations on method fragments and examples of required consistency rules for a configured method. Moreover, we discuss the spectrum of approaches to Situational Method Engineering. The paper is concluded with a description of the CAME tool under development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMethods and Associated Tools for the Information Systems Life Cycle
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the IFIP WG 8.1 Working Conference, Maastricht, Netherlands, September 1994
    EditorsA.A. Verrijn Stuart, T.W. Olle
    PublisherNorth Holland
    Pages169-194
    Number of pages34
    ISBN (Print)0-444-82074-4
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 1994
    EventIFIP WG 8.1 Working Conference on Methods and Associated Tools for the Information Systems Life Cycle 1994 - Maastricht, Netherlands
    Duration: 26 Sep 199428 Sep 1994

    Publication series

    NameIFIP Transactions A
    PublisherElsevier
    Volume55
    ISSN (Print)0926-5473

    Conference

    ConferenceIFIP WG 8.1 Working Conference on Methods and Associated Tools for the Information Systems Life Cycle 1994
    CountryNetherlands
    CityMaastricht
    Period26/09/9428/09/94

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