Virtual Software Corporations (VSCs) are a novel and important organisational form for large-scale software development. The increased complexity of this development environment requires the use of tools to support human actors in undertaking their tasks, which in turn require modelling solutions able to capture the VSC specific issues. One of the key aspects identified for software development in a VSC setting is the need to support co-ordination. One approach in the development of support for coordination in heterogeneous environments in respect to processes and support tools, such as VSCs, is the use of commitment management. The purpose of this thesis is to define a formalism suitable for capturing and managing commitments, as a means to support co-ordination. This is done by first analysing existing VSCs, and determining the requirements for co-ordination support. Consequently a formalism is defined to address the requirements. The formalism is based on a commitment modelling approach and deontic logic, a modal logic, which is used to manage the commitments. The defined formalism is the basis of a prototype support system, which is used for testing and evaluating. The evaluation has focused on identifying the level of support provided for the initial requirements. To this end three process examples have been used: the initial case study, the study of an independent VSC and the example of a desired process for software configuration management.The results indicate that the formalism, through the use of the prototype system, is able to represent and to manage commitments, as the most important issues in coordinating VSC software development. Thus it has a significant contribution as a modelling approach and it was shown to be applicable to realistic process scenarios.
|Publisher||Glasgow Caledonian University|
|Source Sets||Ethos UK|
|Type||Electronic Thesis or Dissertation|
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