to develop general guidelines and frameworks to support method engineers' work,
to study and test metamodeling languages for specifying ISD methods,
to apply and test metamodeling approaches for comparing ISD methods and supporting their use in CASE tools by a set of metrics and frameworks, that allows for comparison and analysis of new and existing methods .
to develop ISD methods with an emphasis on new fields and unexplored possibilities for IS modelling which lack extensive and rigorous support, such as inter-organisational networks.
In conjunction with the comparison research we have also developed, in co-operation with Prof. Sjaak Brinkkemper from University of Twente, Netherlands, a suite of metrics for analysis of methods properties. This approach is quite unique in respect to comparison of methods, and it will be reported in (Brinkkemper and Rossi 1994). The metrics have also been tested by applying them to the methods implemented in the earlier version of MetaEdit.
In order to support various kinds of modelling requirements we have also studied the capabilities of current methods to support business modelling and business process re-engineering (Tolvanen and Lyytinen 1994). The results of this work support both the development of (meta)methods for method engineering (especially integration of methods), and development of modelling methods for a specific modelling field, i.e. to support modelling of business processes and logistic systems. Part of this work has been carried out in another research project (VTT/TEKES research program on business logistics). Furthermore, in this project business modelling methods and environments have been built based on the developed metamodeling approach (Lindström et al. 1994).
To support the method engineering activities we have developed a comprehensive set of CAME tools (Rossi, 1994).
Furthermore method engineering principles will be applied in co-operation with European FEND network which aims to build tools and develop methods for business modelling.