Bresciani, Paolo and Giorgini, Paolo and Giunchiglia, Fausto and Mylopoulos, John and Perini, Anna (2002) TROPOS: An Agent-Oriented Software Development Methodology. UNSPECIFIED.
Our goal in this paper is to introduce and motivate a methodology, called Tropos, 1 for building agent oriented software systems. Tropos is based on two key ideas. First, the notion of agent and all the related mentalistic notions (for instance: goals and plans) are used in all phases of software development, from the early analysis down to the actual implementation. Second, Tropos covers also the very early phases of requirements analysis, thus allowing for a deeper understanding of the environment where the software must operate, and of the kind of interactions that should occur between software and human agents. The methodology is illustrated with the help of a case study. The Tropos language for conceptual modeling is formalized in a metamodel described with a set of UML class diagrams.
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