Wade, Steve and Salahat, Mohammed (2009) Application of a Systemic Soft Domain-Driven Design Framework. Proceedings of the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, (57). pp. 476-486. ISSN 2070-3724

This paper proposes a “soft systems” approach to
domain-driven design of computer-based information systems. We propose a systemic framework combining techniques from Soft
Systems Methodology (SSM), the Unified Modelling Language (UML), and an implementation pattern known as “Naked Objects”. We have used this framework in action research projects that have
involved the investigation and modelling of business processes using object-oriented domain models and the implementation of software
systems based on those domain models. Within the proposed framework, Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) is used as a guiding methodology to explore the pr oblem situation and to generate a
ubiquitous language (soft language) which can be used as the basis
for developing an object-oriented domain model. The domain model
is further developed using techniques based on the UML and is
implemented in software following the “Naked Objects”
implementation pattern. We argue that there are advantages from
combining and using techniques from different methodologies in this
The proposed systemic framework is overviewed and justified as
multimethodologyusing Mingers multimethodology ideas.
This multimethodology approach is being evaluated through a
series of action research projects based on real-world case studies. A
Peer-Tutoring case study is presented here as a sample of the
framework evaluation process

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