Category Archives: Conceptual Models

Naur’s “Programming as Theory Building”

A critique from Alistair Cockburn on how the agile movement is under attack from Taylorism led me to an essay by Dave West on the philosophical incompatibilities between lean and agile techniques, and this in turn led me to finally … Continue reading

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Inflo is out

I had forgotten to post this announcement: Inflo, an online tool to collaboratively construct arguments, is out! Jono Lung, the brains behind the idea and a friend of mine, explains: Inflo is an on-line tool for collaboratively constructing arguments.  It’s … Continue reading


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Whiteboard diagramming

As you probably know if you’re keeping in touch with the software engineering research community, there has been plenty of research on conceptual modeling in recent years. Most of it focuses on the creation, refinement, and formalization of modeling languages … Continue reading

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UML usage survey

The May 2006 issue of the Communications of the ACM has a survey (subscription or payment required) by Brian Dobing and Jeffrey Parsons on the usage of UML in software development projects. Most participants were contacted through the OMG, the … Continue reading

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