Evolution and Maintenance Support for Software Process Models

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Datum und Uhrzeit:
5. Juni 2007 von 11:00 bis 11:30 Uhr

Changing process models in organizations is typically a complex and expensive task, especially because of the following challenges: a) to rapidly update the process model so that the organization can keep up with its business environment; b) to introduce changes that are realizable and acceptable for practitioners; c) to introduce changes that are consistent or do not affect the process model consistency. Currently, the common situation is that there is a lack of support for systematically changing process models. Combined with other facts such as budget and time pressure, organizations often take shortcuts and therefore introduce unsuitable or inconsistent changes or go through a long, painful update process. Having information about the evolution of the process at hand can be of great help for overcoming the previously mentioned challenges. We present the current results of a research work targeted to provide a well-defined set of concepts, a method, and tool support for helping organizations to systematically evolve and manage their processes and effectively face the mentioned challenges. We present the results of the research work and their application during the evolution and management of well-known process standards.


Alexis Ocampo received his Masters degree in Systems Engineering and Computation from Los Andes University, Colombia, in 1999 and his title as Systems Engineer from the Industrial University of Santander, Colombia, in 1997. Since February 2002, Alexis Ocampo has been a research scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) in Kaiserslautern, Germany, in the Department of Processes and Measurement. Before that, he worked for 5 years as a research developer on new technologies and methodologies with the software company Heinsohn Associates, Bogotá Colombia. His master thesis entitled „Implementation of PSP in the Colombian Industry: A case study” was developed within this company. He also worked as an instructor at the University of Los Andes in the Department of Systems and Computation. Alexis Ocampo's research interests in software engineering include: (1) modeling, and measurement of software processes and resulting products, and (2) variability and evolution of software processes.

Martín Soto received his MSc degree in Computer Science in 1995 and his title as Systems and Computer Engineer from Los Andes University, Bogotá, Colombia, in 1993. He worked as software developer for Liikkuva System Intl., a GIS systems integrator, and later as instructor at Los Andes University, where he teached in the areas of programming and software engineering, and worked as industrial consultant for software process improvement. Since June 2000, he has been member of the Software Process Group at Fraunhofer IESE, and of the Software Engineering Working Group at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. His current research interests include: (1) software process modeling, (2) software process enactment support and, (3) software process model comparison and versioning.


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