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Towards an Integration of Process Modeling and Project Planning

Towards an Integration of Process Modeling and Project Planning

4.2 Exemplary

4.2 Exemplary Process Model LayerThis section shows an exemplary process model andexemplary instantiation constraints. Figure 8 (a) explainsthe integrated representation for both models, which isused to represent both models in Figure 8 (b). Planningunits being composed of process model classes and associationsare represented as surrounding boxes. This notationhas the same meaning as an UML composition associationwhile making the diagram in Figure 8 (b) morelegible.Please note that the process model in this section is intendedto be the same in content as the process model inFigure 2, but its notation is according to our modelingapproach more formal. The process model is an instanceof the process metamodel in Figure 7, the instantiationconstraints are an instance of the instantiation constraintsmodel.The exemplary process model contains products andcorresponding activities for specification, implementation,and testing. Products are related by consistency relations,not different from those in Figure 2, as for example thederived from relation between component test case andcomponent specification. In Figure 8 (b), all products areincluded in the system structuring element, that is thesystem structuring element is composed of them.In contrast to that, occurrences of the ends after enddependency exist between occurrences of integration testactivities associated to different occurrences of systemstructuring elements in the plan. In Figure 8 (b), this isexpressed by an existing per association between theplanning dependency uses and the activity dependencyends after end. The meaning is the following: For eachoccurrence of uses between two system structuring elements,the integration test activities contained in the systemstructuring elements are related by ends after end.Similarly, planned increments, which are composed ofimplementation activities together with their is next associationsdetermine the starts after end dependencies betweenthe implementation activities contained in theseincrements.The design activity is the only activity not included ina planning unit, because according to our exemplaryprocess model there can be just one occurrence of thedesign activity in a plan. This occurrence of the designactivity creates all occurrences of component specifications.All occurrences of implementation activities startafter the design activity ends. This is expressed by thecreates all and all start after end associations, respectively,which are both instances of one-all model associationsin the process metamodel.4.3 Exemplary Structural Project Plan LayerFigure 9 shows an integrated representation of a structuralproject plan and a project context. Both are instancesof the process model and the instantiation constraints ofthe process model layer in Figure 8 (b). Please note, thatoccurrences of products and consistency relations are partof a structural project plan as well, but not shown here.The surrounding boxes in Figure 9 are part of the projectcontext, that is they represent occurrences of systemstructuring elements (Business Layer, Database Layer andError Management) and planned increments (Stage 1 andStage 2), respectively. The structural project plan here isthe same in content as the one presented in section 2.In our example, the occurrences of system structuringelements and their uses relationship, as well as plannedincrements and the implementation activities included inthem are the only input needed for the derivation of thestructural project plan from the process model.Since in our modeling approach the process metamodellayer does constrain the process model layer and the projectlayer as well, the metamodel does not only have tospecify UML cardinalities for the model, but also for theproject layer. For example, consider the is composed ofassociation between planning unit and model concept inthe metamodel in Figure 7. In the metamodel, the specifiedcardinality is many-to-many, because a planning unitis composed of many model concepts and vice versa. Allinstances of the is composed of association in the processmodel must be of cardinality one-to-at-least-one, that isfor every occurrence of a planning unit there has to be atleast one occurrence of a model class in the plan and forevery occurrence of a model class there is exactly oneoccurrence of a planning unit. Similar consistency constraintshave to be provided for the existing per associationand the all start after end association in the metamodel,for example.

: is next: starts after end OR : ends after endStage 1: Planned IncrementStage 2: Planned IncrementBusiness Layer:System Structuring ElementBusiness LayerImplementation:ActivityBusiness LayerIntegration Test:Activity: usesDatabase Layer:System Structuring ElementSystem Design:ActivityDatabase LayerImplementation:ActivityDatabase LayerIntegration Test:Activity: usesError Management:System Structuring ElementError ManagementImplementation:ActivityError ManagementIntegration Test:ActivityFigure 9. Exemplary Project Context and Structural Project Plan showing Activities5. Related WorkMeta-case tools approaches as for example Maestro [7]tried to support the development process by providing akind of workflow support based on tracking documentprocessingstates. Similarly, the approach of process programmingin [9] or “process sensitive engineering environments”as for example [1] based on Petri nets tried toautomate as much of the development process as possible.More recent approaches like [6] or [15] for example areaiming at flexible workflow support tools for developmentprocesses as well.In contrast, we believe that the benefit of enacting developmentprocesses is very limited. Development processeshave not much in common with industrial manufacturingprocesses, but are unique and demand creativity.Our focus therefore is on an iteratively adapted projectplan as a process model’s outcome, which is carried out“manually” by people. The granularity of planned activitiesis much more abstract and less constraining thansingle steps to be carried out in a workflow engine.Other approaches to process metamodeling like [3],[11] or [10] do not provide precise semantics in terms of amapping of process model elements to a projects’ planninglevel. Furthermore, commercial tools like [5] forderiving a project plan from a process model are based onthe implicit meta-model of the [12]. With [5] multipleinstantiation of process model elements has to be donemanually by the project manager.6. Conclusion and Further WorkIn this paper, we showed the usefulness and some ofthe problems of integrating process modeling and projectplanning. We presented our layered modeling approachand provided an exemplary process metamodel togetherwith an instantiation constraints model, which seem to beappropriate to solve the problems according to our example.By illustrating the usefulness of deriving project plansand the problems arising, we tried to lay the foundationsfor some further research. The solutions presented in thispaper serve as a useful first step.Interesting questions for the appropriateness of the approachare, whether a process model suited for deriving astructural project plan might be too complicated to elaborate.Of course, on the other hand, the question arises, ifplanning according to the restrictions that a process modelprovides might be too rigid. To provide an answer to thefirst question, the details of a process metamodel suitablefor planning have to be elaborated. To give a positive

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