Department of Informatics

TU München - Fakultät für Informatik
Chair IV: Software & Systems Engineering

PDF-Datei  A Mapping Study on Method Engineering - First Results

Conference Paper

Conference:Proceedings of the 17th Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE 2013)
Publisher:ACM Press
Abstract:Context: Software processes have become inherently complex to cope with the various situations we face in industrial project environments. In response to this problem, the research area of Method Engineering arose in the 1990s aiming at the systematization of process construction. Objective: Although the research area has gained much attention and offered a plethora of contributions so far, we still have little knowledge about the feasibility of Method Engineering. To overcome this shortcoming, necessary is a systematic investigation of the respective publication flora. Method: We conduct a systematic mapping study and investigate, inter alia, which contributions were made over time and which research type facet they address to distill a common understanding of the state-of-the-art. Results: Based on the review of 64 publications, our results show that most of those contributions only repeat and discuss formerly introduced concepts, whereas empirically sound evidence on the feasibility of Method Engineering, is still missing. Conclusion: Although the research area constitutes many contributions, yet missing are empirically sound investigations that would allow for practical application and experience extraction.

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