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Guest Talk: Analysis of a Specification Approach using UML Activity Diagrams and Coexisting Textual Descriptions

Martin Beck­mann, MSc.  

Date/Time: 18.04.2018, 12:00 

Loca­tion: D2.2.094 


Due to rising comple­xity of systems, the efforts needed for their deve­lop­ment continue to increase. Parti­cu­larly affected is the speci­fi­ca­tion phase. As a result the widely adopted use of (natural language) text to describe system's requi­re­ments is no longer suffi­cient. The appli­ca­tion of graphical models seems to be a viable solu­tion to this problem. However graphical models cannot replace textual requi­re­ments. They amend them instead. To specify the func­tions of a system, an industry partner (Daimler AG) has imple­mented an approach that uses coexis­ting UML Activity Diagrams and textual descrip­tions. In this talk results of a number of studies on this approach are presented. Our results show that users of these contents perceive a benefit from the approach, but also face a number of new chal­lenges while using coexis­ting soft­ware arte­facts. Various sugges­tions on how to apply the approach address these chal­lenges. The sugges­tions are extended by a tech­nical solu­tion that ensures consis­tency between the respec­tive arte­facts.


Martin is a rese­arch asso­ciate and doctoral candi­date at the depart­ment "Auto­mated System Engi­nee­ring Tech­no­lo­gies" of the TU Berlin. His main area of rese­arch is the appli­ca­tion of model-d­riven deve­lop­ment in requi­re­ments engi­nee­ring. (­beck­mann)

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