SIGIA-L Mail Archives: [Sigia-l] UML - still not fit for the UC
[Sigia-l] UML - still not fit for the UCD?
From: Stewart Dean (stewart_at_webslave.dircon.co.uk)
Date: Wed Nov 12 2003 - 21:53:56 EST
I'm after peoples experiences of UML as I'm wondering if I've given it too
hard a time in the past. I personally have had classes on UML and have used
it to communicate ideas to technical teams but is it true that some folks
use use cases as a main deliverable within user centered design?
I have found that use case often take the focus off what the user wants to
do and instead focuses upon how technically things are going to be done
with servers being given equal status to some degree to users, i.e.
actors. Defining technical solutions before defining the user needs I
consider working against user centered design. Can UML really be use to
define user interaction that isn't fraught with technical domination?
My caution was echoed by this article in Usability news
"The Usability and UML seminar in Scotland this month concluded that basic
UML (User Modelling Language) is seriously restricted, and restricting, in
modelling complex, collaborative human activities involving computer-based
I'm interested in peoples war stories related to UML. How have people
adapted UML or over come technical encroachment of people attempting to
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