Archive for the ‘Modeling’ Category

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Perfect Questions?

November 29, 2010

During a recent discussion I was having with a colleague who is an Agile Coach and Business Analyst, I asked her what the BA community was interested in regarding the practice of business analysis. Her answer surprised me. She said what many BAs want is the perfect list of questions to ask their clients. The perfect list of questions? Really? Who has that? For all situations?

Instead of the perfect list, how about a relevant list? How could that be created? What if you had a guide that could help you see what to ask? You do. Read More…

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Simplify the UML?

November 18, 2010

I am continually amazed at the serendipity of events that occurs everyday. A short time ago I was having lunch with an industry insider when he mentioned the beginnings of a movement to simplify the UML. Having read the 700+ page UML specification a number of times (Sadistic, isn’t it?) it immediately struck me as a good idea. While software modeling is an “acknowledged” technique, it still is not a “standard” practice on most software projects. From the common, repeating questions that I have been asked over the years, many people still struggle with how to do it well. Modeling has a way to go to become truly mainstream. So a simpler UML sounded like a fine idea. But…Read More.

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UML for Project Managers

September 3, 2010

The interview was going well. The interviewer was a project manager / architect. “We have identified these use cases for the project. Now what do we do?” he asked.

The UML is not just a great tool for requirements elicitation, analysis, and design, it also can help the project manager to effectively plan and direct the development cycle. Here is a very basic approach to planning your use case-driven development. Read more…

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What Would You Like To See…For Free?

August 17, 2010

We are beginning a project to develop freely available online content. But first, we need your opinion on what topics this content should cover. Please take a moment to answer these five quick questions so that we can provide you the information that you need. Click here to go to the survey. Thanks for your input.

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The UML’s Double-Edged Sword

July 9, 2010

The sword is one of the most ubiquitous crafted weapons across civilizations worldwide. They come in many different shapes, sizes, and materials. An attribute that they all have in common is a sharp edge. Some multiply their offensive capability by being sharpened on both edges, i.e., the double-edged sword. These are more deadly because they can “cut both ways”. Who would have expected that the innocent use case would introduce a double-edged sword into the UML? Read more at DevX.com…

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The UML Survey Results Are In

June 15, 2010

In April, I invited one and all to participate in a simple survey to see how they are actually using the UML on projects. Is it really mainstreamed? Is it still in the adoption phase? Or is it in decline? The survey is now closed. Thanks to those who participated. Here are the results. Read more…

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Come One, Come All!

June 1, 2010

If you’d like to enjoy some fun in the sun AND learn about pragmatic modeling techniques (those two things always go together, right?), then you are in luck. For the 11th year in a row, I have the privilege to be speaking at the IBM Rational Innovate 2010 conference (previously know as the Rational Software Development Conference and the Rational Users Conference).
On Wed. June 9th, 2010 I’ll be presenting “Practical Visual Modeling – Lessons From the Trenches”. Beginning and experienced modelers often wonder why modeling isn’t working well for them. This is because there are many snares and traps to fall into. This presentation, based on lessons learned from real-world projects, approaches visual modeling pragmatically. Visual modeling essentials are discussed augmented with practical, experiential advice, best practices, and heuristics for modelers. Common project failure points, SOA, agility, how to avoid typical modeling pitfalls, and simple risk-based planning techniques are just some of the topics covered.
We will discuss:
• Where the most costly and common project mistakes are made
• What parts of the UML to use and which to ignore
• Business modeling and system modeling via use cases and how to use them
• Avoiding common modeling pitfalls during analysis and design
• Project planning, prioritization, and risk
• Career shortening red flags that indicate when you should get out of Dodge.
• Numerous practical modeling techniques and practices.
So if you are going to be in the Orlando area for the conference, please drop into my session, say hello, sit back, and have some fun!