Situational method engineering: On the differentiation of "Context" and "Project Type"

  • Bucher T
  • Klesse M
  • Kurpjuweit S
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Abstract

Based on the experience that there cannot be a one-size-fits-all method, different situational method engineering approaches are examined in this paper. The result of the analysis shows that situations are conceptualized very imprecisely. Therefore, we propose to differentiate between context and project type in situational method engineering. Especially context is neglected in existing method engineering approaches. To close this gap, we enhance existing method engineering processes by adding three steps to facilitate the identification of context factors and project type factors, enabling the engineering of both contextual and project type-specific methods. Furthermore, we propose a set of extensions to the method engineering meta model that allow the method engineer to differentiate between context and project type in describing situational methods.

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Authors

  • Tobias Bucher

  • Mario Klesse

  • Stephan Kurpjuweit

  • Robert Winter

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