The OMG Essence standard was published as the kernel for software engineering methods in 2014. We show that the Essence view of software engineering is reminiscent of a nondeterministic, multidimensional finite state machine, and that the Essence lends support to a semi-Markov decision process model of software engineering which, in practice, facilitates a goal-driven adaptive software engineering. We develop an activity-state mapping algorithm and a goal-activity cover algorithm based on the Essence, which can help automate the health monitoring of project states and the adaptive planning of project activities in a software engineering project. Practical applications of the model and algorithms are illustrated. Benefits to software practitioners of the proposed approach are measured through statistical experiments.
Information Technology and Management – Springer Journals
Published: Jan 6, 2017
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