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An Approach to Integrating Soft Systems Methodology and Object Oriented Software Development

Wade, Steve (2004) An Approach to Integrating Soft Systems Methodology and Object Oriented Software Development. Proceedings of UKAIS 2004.

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    Abstract

    The key aim of the research discussed in this paper has been to investigate ways of integrating
    techniques from SSM (Soft Systems Methodology) into the requirements elicitation stage of an
    agile system development method based on the UML (Unified Modelling Language). We argue
    that used alone UML models can encourage early design decisions before opportunities for
    improvement have been agreed and that SSM lacks the detailed information required by
    programmers. This leads to the conclusion that there could be some advantage in using the
    techniques together.
    In developing an integrated method we have been influenced by the recent trend towards agile
    systems development. This represents a move away from seeing software development methods
    as codified practices focusing on specific artefacts within a prescribed lifecycle. Instead emphasis
    is placed on the provision of a framework of development activities, products and workflows
    together with guidance for applying these to a particular application area.
    The design of the research is as follows:
    1. An Information Systems Development (ISD) project is being carried out using SSM and
    UML techniques to make recommendations about the design of our School’s intranet.
    This is being written up as a case study.
    2. The case study is being used to reflect upon and develop a hybrid method (or
    development framework) and a supporting CASE (Computer Assisted Software
    Engineering) tool.
    2
    The discussion of how the proposed framework emerged from our practical experience is
    punctuated with UML and other types of model that relate to the design of the supporting CASE
    tool.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
    Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
    School of Computing and Engineering > Pedagogical Research Group
    School of Computing and Engineering > Informatics Research Group
    School of Computing and Engineering > Informatics Research Group > Software Engineering Research Group
    School of Computing and Engineering > Informatics Research Group > XML, Database and Information Retrieval Research Group
    School of Computing and Engineering > Serious Games Research Group
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    Depositing User: Stephen Wade
    Date Deposited: 18 May 2010 15:02
    Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 12:04
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/7636

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