Configurative Method Engineering - On the Applicability of Reference Modeling Mechanisms in Method Engineering
Becker J, Knackstedt R, Pfeiffer D, Janiesch C
The aim of this paper is to discuss the applicability of reference modeling adaptation mechanisms in method engineering. Reference models are generic conceptual models that formalize state-of-the-art knowledge of a certain domain. Adaptation mechanisms can assist to tailor reference models to specific business or project needs. (Situational) Method engineering is concerned with the preparation of methods that fit the characteristics of a situation. Due to the similar requirements, it seems feasible to investigate to what extent the existing mechanisms of reference modeling have already been reflected in the context of method engineering. The result of a literature review points out that the mechanism of configuration has not been sufficiently considered yet. We suggest transferring the concept of reference model configuration to the domain of method engineering. This approach is supported by an example case utilizing the H2 toolset in which a method is configured according to project specific needs.
Method engineering; situational method engineering; adaptive reference modeling; configuration; theories