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Hybrid modeling and simulation for trustworthy software process management: A stakeholder-oriented approach


Xu Bai, Huang Liguo, Jason Zhang and Koolmanojwong Supannika

Southern Methodist University


University of Southern California


Process Management Model (PMM) and Process Simulation Model (PSM) are the critical infrastructural components of the Trust-worthy Process Management Framework (TPMF), which involves a large and heterogeneous group of stakeholders in process modeling and simulation to improve process trustworthiness. Process Modeling Stakeholders (PMS) have di erent levels of dependency on various process modeling and simulation techniques. They may also possess di erent perspectives or concerns in modeling. To support trustworthy process management, this paper integrates the stakeholder-oriented approach and hybrid simulation technique into software process modeling at three levels of abstraction (i.e., activity, sub-process and system). The hybrid process simulation combines microlevel discrete process models with the macro-level continuous process models to capture process dynamics. In particular, the stakeholder-oriented approach addresses the various perspectives of PMS during process modeling and simulation. Finally a case study with a realistic process model demonstrates that this approach incrementally integrates stakeholders’ modeling concerns through hybrid simulation, which is difficult to achieve using discrete or continuous modeling/simulation techniques independently.

BibTeX Entry

    doi              = {10.1002/smr.480},
    journal          = {Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution: Research and Practice},
    author           = {Bai, Xu and Liguo, Huang and Zhang, He (Jason) and Supannika, Koolmanojwong},
    month            = jun,
    year             = {2012},
    keywords         = {trustworthy process management, process modeling and simulation, stakeholder-oriented process
                        modeling, process modeling stakeholders, process modeling language, hybrid process simulation},
    title            = {Hybrid Modeling and Simulation for Trustworthy Software Process Management: A Stakeholder-Oriented
    pages            = {published online}