Process Modelling Techniques


Work Area: Software Engineering

Keywords software process modelling, process-centered ipses, team support

Start Date: 1 September 92 / Duration: 36 months / Status: running

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Abstract PROMOTOR is devoted to software process modelling (SPM). Central to the SPM approach is the idea of developing rigourous descriptions or models of software processes in order to provide improved project visibility, coordination, understanding; analysis and error detection for process improvement; enaction of models into process-centred integrated project support environments (IPSEs) as a basis for industrial production; and the maintenance of software through control, automatic initiatives and guidance. The main topics of interest to group members are model acquisition, customisation, instantiation, enaction, evolution and team support.


The main objectives of the Group are to:


These consist of subgroup meetings, organising a European workshop, writing a book on the current projects relevant to that field in Europe, and participation in the ICSP2 conference and the ISPWS and programme committee. In the first year, six subgroups were active:

Assessment and Reference Models : assessment of existing proposals, providing a common assessment document as support for the evaluation of the ten approaches developed by Promoter members, synthesis in the PROMOTER book; definition of a reference framework.

Team support, Cooperation and Transactions : fine-grained vs coarse-grained modelling, multiple viewpoints, long-term transaction properties and mechanisms, Merlin, Goodstep tool specification language.

Architecture : the issues are existing enabling technology, architecture of process-centered environments, and efficiency and interoperability. The goals are sharing experiences and identifying available technology and standards, specific needs and requirements, and classes of architectures.

Evolution: paper on conceptual issues in evolution; papers (IEE TSE Special issue on evolution of software processes) on evolution in EPOS and SPADE; session at ISWP-8 on process change.

Process Acquisition : methods for process acquisition; model refinement; and different ways of representing models.

Progress and Results

To launch its work, the WG organised EWSPT '92 (European Workshop on Software Process Technology) at Trondheim. Norway. Approximately 50 people attended, both Europeans and invited US contributors (Lee Osterweil and Mark Dowson). Long discussions demonstrated the emergence of a real European community in software process technology and its maturity and its originality: the number of approaches adopted in many prototypes, the large covering of the group and its focus on architecture evolution issues.

A first book is due for publication in January 1994. It is a collection of separate papers and it aims at presenting the state of affairs in Europe, with the following structure:

Important contacts have been established in order to have formal cooperation with:


The SPM field is still immature. The expected impact of Promotor will consist of improvements for prototypes currently under implementation or use, and for the design of new systems. A common framework, common concepts, common and presentation material will contribute to the maturation of this field in Europe.

Latest Publications

Information Dissemination Activies

Activities planned include the publication of the book Advances in Software Process Technology (Research Studies Press, J. Wiley, January 1994); publishing the proceedings of EWSPT' 94; and the preparation of a second book on Software Process modelling principles and frameworks (to appear in May 1995).


Université de Nancy-CRIN - F
Bvd. des Aiguillettes
BP 239
F - 54506 Vandoeuvre Cedex


Universität Dortmund - D
Université de Grenoble II-CRISS - F
Université Joseph Fourrier- Grenoble I - F
Politecnico di Milano - I
Università di Pisa - I
Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) - N
Rijksuniversiteit Leiden - NL
University of Manchester - UK
Imperial College London - UK


Prof. J.C. Derniame
tel +33/83 41 30 52
fax +33/83 41 30 79

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