Situational method engineering for informational system project approaches


The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of Situational Method Engineering, 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 Computer 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. Keyword Codes: D.2.0; H.1.0; K.6.3

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@inproceedings{Harmsen1994SituationalME, title={Situational method engineering for informational system project approaches}, author={Frank Harmsen and Sjaak Brinkkemper and J. L. Han Oei}, booktitle={Methods and Associated Tools for the Information Systems Life Cycle}, year={1994} }