The emergence of a theory and tool like SAbMDE was predicted. Gericke and Ekert  reported the work of industrial and academic design practitioners and theorists who, beginning in 2008, mapped out the reserch challenges for Modeling and Management of Engneering Processes (MMEP). The roadmap has no recent-year theory milestones. SAbMDE is just such a milestone.
 K. Gericke and C. M. Eckert, "The Long Road to Improvement in Modelling and Managing Engineering Design Processes," in Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED15), Milan, Italy, 2015, pp. 27-30.