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Applying Method Engineering Techniques to the Construction of Agile Methodologies

Funding: 2004: $60,000
2005: $120,000
2006: $120,000
2007: $60,000

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Eagle Datamation International

Start year: 2005

Summary: Agile approaches to software development provide flexibility within the method but provide no assistance for improving the selected method. This second kind of flexibility is important to permit organizations to improve with time. To accomplish such improvement, a method engineering approach is proposed for agile method construction using the OPEN Process Framework, which consists of a metamodel and a collection of method components, stored in a repository. In collaboration with Eagle Datamation International, we will devise methods of constructing an agile method tailored to their business needs and then evaluate it in practice, monitoring as the method evolves and improves.

Keywords: software development, agile methodologies, method engineering, process engineering, OPEN Process Framework,

FOR Codes: Information Systems Development Methodologies, Conceptual Modelling, Information processing services, Application tools and system utilities, Application packages, Information Processing Services (incl. Data Entry and Capture), Application Software Packages (excl. Computer Games), Information systems development methodologies and practice, Information modelling, management and ontologies, Information systems, technologies and services not elsewhere classified, Application software packages