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Process model difference analysis for supporting process evolution

: Soto, M.; Münch, J.


Richardson, I.:
Software process improvement. 13th European conference, EuroSPI 2006 : Joensuu, Finland, October 11 - 13, 2006. Proceedings
Berlin: Springer, 2006 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4257)
ISBN: 3-540-47695-4
ISBN: 978-3-540-47695-5
European Conference on Software Process Improvement (EuroSPI) <13, 2006, Joensuu, Finland>
Conference Paper, Journal Article
Fraunhofer IESE ()

Software development processes are subject to variations in time and space, variations that can originate from learning effects, differences in application domains, or a number of other causes. Identifying and analyzing such differences is crucial for a variety of process activities, like defining and evolving process standards, or analyzing the compliance of process models to existing standards, among others. In this paper, we show why appropriately identifying, describing, and visualizing differences between process models in order to support such activities is a highly challenging task. We present scenarios that motivate the need for process model difference analysis, and describe the conceptual and technical challenges arising from them. In addition, we sketch an initial tool-based approach implementing difference analysis, and contrast it with similar existing approaches. The results from this paper constitute the requirements for our ongoing development effort, whose objectives we also describe briefly.