Agent-oriented methods and method engineering

M.E. Sharpe
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Systems Analysis and Design: Techniques, Methodologies, Approaches, and Architectures, 2009, 1, pp. 118 - 138
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Agent-oriented (AO) methodologies vary in style and, particularly, in heritage and often with a specific focus (either in terms of domain, application style, or life-cycle coverage). For industry adoption it is essential that full life-cycle coverage is achieved in a "standardized" way. One way of achieving some degree of standardization yet maintaining full flexibility is through the application of situational method engineering to the creation of agent-oriented methodologies. With this approach, method fragments are created and stored in a repository. Whenever a methodology is needed, a subset of these is then selected from the repository and a project-specific (or sometimes organization-specific) AO methodology is constructed. Here, we demonstrate how this might work by using the OPEN Process Framework (OPF) approach.
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