Recommendations for evaluating UML models?
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Posted By:   krishnan_meenakshi
Posted On:   Friday, April 27, 2001 02:50 PM

I am trying to put together a set of review guidelines for evaluating UML models that the developers assemble for the respective projects. If you were a reviewer, what would you be looking for to pronounce that the approach or solution is acceptable and sound for the various types of UML diagrams such as Use Cases, Class Diagram, Sequence diagram, etc.)?

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Posted By:   jim_conallen  
Posted On:   Monday, April 30, 2001 07:15 AM

There are three principal dimensions that I'd evaluate UML models on:

  • Communicability - How well do the diagrams communicate the individual messages that the design team wants to convey. Are the diagrams simple enough to understand without having to resort to looking at the source code?

  • Completeness - Is the model complete (i.e. are all classes that participate in the interactions and collaborations modeled)?.

  • Style - Are the diagrams layed out in a consistent manner. Are color and other other adornments used consistantly? Are all the extensions (profiles) that are used compatable with each other?

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