Tropos: A Requirements-Driven Methodology for Agent-Oriented Software

Tropos: A Requirements-Driven Methodology for Agent-Oriented Software

Paolo Giorgini (University of Trento, Italy), Manuel Kolp (University of Louvain, Belgium), John Mylopoulos (University of Toronto, Canada) and Jaelson Castro (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-581-8.ch002
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Abstract

Software systems of the future will have to perform well within ever-changing organizational environments. Unfortunately, existing software development methodologies have traditionally been inspired by programming concepts rather than organizational ones, leading to a semantic gap between the system and its operational environment. To reduce this gap, we propose a software development methodology named Tropos that is founded on the i* organizational modeling framework. i* offers the notions of actor, goal, and (actor) dependency. Tropos uses these concepts as a basis to model early and late requirements, architectural design, and detailed design for a software system. The chapter outlines Tropos phases through an e-business example. The methodology is a good complement to proposals for agent-oriented programming platforms.

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