Method Engineering: A Formal Description
Proceedings ISD 2008, 17th International Conference on Information Systems Development, Paphos, Cyprus, 25.-27.08.2008
Information Systems Development - Towards a Service Provision Society. Publisher/Verlag: Springer, pp. 645-654
12 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2012 Last revised: 25 Oct 2012
Date Written: September 27, 2012
The development of information systems (IS) requires methods that recommend how to act during the development process. In some cases existing methods cannot cope with the requirements of the project situation at hand. Therefore new methods must be developed. Method Engineering (ME) attends to this application field. In this article, we provide a detailed overview of IS method engineering approaches in order to describe the concept of method engineering. Based on a literature review we derive a formal description of methods that can be used to describe methods in a basic way and transfer them to other fields of application. With the formal description of methods this article facilitates the process of understanding method engineering both for method user and its engineer.
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