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Working Conference on Situational Method Engineering: Fundamentals and Experiences (ME07)
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Conference theme

Over the last decade Method Engineering, defined as the engineering discipline to design, construct and adapt methods, including supportive tools, has emerged as the research and application area for using methods for systems development. Hundreds of methods have been published ranging from generic methods to methods for specific projects or domains. We mention: Unified Process, RUP, DSDM, SSADM, Merise, OPEN Process Framework for general systems development; ARIS and DEM for ERP implementations; Scrum, XP (Xtreme Programming), Crystal in the agile movement; T-map for Testing; Attribute Driven Design method and TOGAF for software architecture; Archimate and Dynamic Architecture (DYA) for enterprise architecture.

Several theories have emerged as basic instruments in Method Engineering. Meta-modelling proves useful to identify the concepts and internal structure of a method, and provides means for building method support tools. Methods are understood to be built from so-called method fragments (or method chunks), which are stored in a method base and can be assembled in a newly configured method. Perspectives and viewpoints aid in distinguishing processes, deliverables and events in systems development. Situational Method Engineering was coined to deal with the adaptation of a generic method to the actual situation of a project. Tool support turns out to be not yet as successful as process management tools and metaCASE tools seem not to make it beyond the arena of specialists.

Many issues are still open for research. Studies in particular domains reveal that specific project needs are not covered, thus asking for method extensions or for specialized domain methods. Another issue is the classification and granularity of method fragments, or method chunks, that are to be configured into new methods. The notion of situationality of a method and of the suitability of method fragments has been investigated but still requires more theory and experimentation. The same applies for assembly and configuration of methods and tools, where formal construction techniques and assembly guidelines are to be explored. Most method engineering activities are nowadays performed from open methods or from corporate knowledge infrastructures and require further investigation. Experience reports and empirical validation of all these issues in industrial contexts will contribute to the theory building in the area of Method Engineering.

Topics

Fundamentals of Method Engineering
* Meta-modelling and method ontologies
* Situational method engineering
* Situation factors and suitability
* Method adaptation and extension techniques
* Configuration and tailoring of methods
* Process modelling
* Models, methods and tools for web-IS engineering
* Process simulation and enactment

Method Evaluation and Experiences
* Experience reports on method engineering
* Method comparison
* Best practice guides
* Impact on organisation structures and strategies
* Case studies
* Surveys of method usage

Methods for Specific Domains
* Domain-Specific Modelling Languages
* Requirements engineering
* E-business applications
* Web-applications and web services
* Component based development and COTS integration
* Software architecture
* Model-driven architecture (MDA)
* Agent information systems
* Product software
* IS re-engineering
* Project management
* Business process engineering and improvement
* Enterprise architecture
* Knowledge engineering and management
* Organizational engineering
* Mobile systems
* IS implementation

Supportive Tools
* Computer aided software engineering (CASE) tools
* Knowledge infrastructures and web-enabled methods
* Computer Aided Method Engineering (CAME) tools
* MetaCASE
* Process management tools

The above list is not intended to be exhaustive. Papers that support their theoretical contributions with empirical evidence and those that perform in-depth analysis of practices shall be favoured.

Information for authors

See the submissions page.