IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization - Method Composer

IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Optimization - Method Composer (MEC) helps you to define and publish process descriptions. A well-documented process helps teams to adopt and follow best practices, and is critical to complying with standards such ISO 26262, ASPICE, and CMMi. The included library of best practices for systems and software engineering can be reused or tailored to compose your own processes.

Library of Best Practices

The included Practices library includes practices for lean and agile software and systems development, covering everything from requirements definition through acceptance testing. It includes support for Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe), and mappings to standards including ISO 26262, DODAF, DO178b/c, and IEC 62304.

Process guidance at your fingertips

Breakdown structures can be defined in MEC and exported to supplement plans in IBM Engineering Workflow Management and Microsoft® Project. Links from plan items take you directly to the applicable process description. Links can be added to other tools to provide "in context" guidance. For example, to document workflows for Engineering Workflow Management work item types.


The web site generated by MEC can be customized to suit your organization's preferences. New types and attributes and attributes can be defined to extend the out-of-the-box types.

Web-based authoring

Method elements can be defined with the browser, by using the MEC project template included in IBM Engineering Requirements DOORS® Next version 7.0, then imported into the MEC 7.6 Eclipse client for publishing.

Authoring with the MEC Eclipse Client

The MEC Eclipse client provides a complete set of method authoring capabilities.

Version control and release management

Your process library can be managed with virtually any file-based source code management system. However, Method Composer provides integrated support for Jazz source control, CVS, and ClearCase that simplifies version management and enables contributors to work in parallel. Web-based authoring with DOORS Next provides additional features, such as rich-text difference highlighting.

Collaboration and management features

The optional commenting feature can be enabled in process web sites, which provides threaded discussions on process pages, captured and managed using IBM Engineering Workflow Management work items.

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