Over the years I have struggled with the Conceptual Massing Environment (CME) in Revit. It is not easy to use, and is not at all well integrated with the rest of Revit. However, I have learnt a huge amount about how to get it to do what you want (or not!). I have tried to document some of the tips and tricks on this blog and during various conference presentations that I have given at RTC & BILT .
Here is a summary / index of all the relevant posts on this blog:
Conceptual Massing Environment
Creating Traditional Forms using Conceptual Massing
Part 7 – Hybrid Swept Blend / Loft
Adaptive components are a subset of the Conceptual Massing Environment: