Archive for April, 2010

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What’s Really Going On With Modeling?

April 27, 2010

UML has been on the market well over a decade.  Visual modeling in general has been around much longer.   Some contend that modeling is now mainstream and pervasive in software development.  Is it really?  What do you say?

This survey asks 3 simple questions that will provide important insights. I will post the results for you when the survey is complete.  Tell us what you have seen.

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Fun With Frames and the User Experience Model

April 12, 2010

Development teams don’t necessarily receive “requirements” from their stakeholders as use cases, textual requirements, user stories, or even “drive-by requirements” (where the stakeholder throws a yellow sticky note – that contains their latest requirement – over your cubicle wall as they walk down the hallway). And sometimes the end users (an important stakeholder) are so focused around the user interface of the system, that suggesting changes to their user interface is the only way they know how to express their needs.

The advice you commonly hear regarding using the UML© for user interface modeling ranges from “don’t do it” to (at best) “create a User Experience (UX) model”. The UX model as traditionally described is good for simple situations, but with the advent of more modern, complex UI presentation options, the traditional UX model’s utility begins to reach its limit quickly.

I was pleased to find an elegant answer available in a little used area of the UML© that does not get delved into deeply very often…Read more