SPEM on Test: The SODA Case Study

Andrea Omicini

In the Software Engineering (SE) research field, several efforts are underway aimed at developing appropriate meta-models for SE methodologies.
Meta-models are meant to check and verify both the software development process and the completeness and expressiveness of methodologies. 

In this context, in order to provide a uniform way to represent, compare and reuse methodologies, Software Process
Engineering Meta-model (SPEM) — an OMG object-oriented standard — is a natural candidate.
In order to put the SPEM meta-modelling power to test, and emphasise its benefits and limitations, in this paper we apply SPEM to a more articulated context than the object-oriented one where it was initially conceived — that is, Agent- Oriented Software Engineering (AOSE) methodologies.
In particular, we take the SODA methodology as a significant case study in order to assess strengths and limitations of SPEM, given the peculiar SODA focus on the modelling and engineering of information social issues and (ii) application environment — essential aspects in the engineering of complex software systems.



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23th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2008), Special Track on Software Engineering

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Fortaleza, Ceará, Brasil

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