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Literate modelling: capturing business knowledge with the UML

Arlow, J; Quinn, J; Emmerich, W; (2004) Literate modelling: capturing business knowledge with the UML. In: Bezivin, J and Muller, P, (eds.) Proceedings of The Unified Modeling Language «UML»?98: Beyond the Notation: First International Workshop, Mulhouse, France, June 3-4, 1998. (pp. 189-199). Springer Verlag Green open access


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At British Airways, we have found during several large OO projects documented using the UML that non-technical end-users, managers and business domain experts find it difficult to understand UML visual models. This leads to problems in requirement capture and review. To solve this problem, we have developed the technique of Literate Modelling. Literate Models are UML diagrams that are embedded in texts explaining the models. In that way end-users, managers and domain experts gain useful understanding of the models, whilst object-oriented analysts see exactly and precisely how the models define business requirements and imperatives. We discuss some early experiences with Literate Modelling at British Airways where it was used extensively in their Enterprise Object Modelling initiative.We explain why Literate Modelling is viewed as one of the critical success factors for this significant project. Finally, we propose that Literate Modelling may be a valuable extension to many other object-oriented and non object-oriented visual modelling languages.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Literate modelling: capturing business knowledge with the UML
ISBN: 3540662529
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Additional information: Imported via OAI, 7:29:01 8th Sep 2005
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/933
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