Objects by Design Forums Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Registration is free! Calendar Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Home  
Objects by Design Forums : Powered by vBulletin version 2.3.5 Objects by Design Forums > Main Forums > Agile Software Development > Agile Tip #2: Using an Easel for UML
  Last Thread   Next Thread
Thread Post New Thread    Post A Reply

Registered: Apr 2001
Location: New York
Posts: 492

Agile Tip #2: Using an Easel for UML

Today, most leading figures in the object technology profession advocate agile UML modeling. What this usually means is drawing UML diagrams on some physical surface to promote discussion amongst a group of developers.

Frequently the recommendations made are to use a whiteboard or sheets of paper attached to the wall and then to take digital pictures of the results.

We have found a better 'surface' to use, one that is far more practical and easy to work with - an easel pad.

The easel pad works because:

1. There are a lot of sheets on a pad and it is easy to flip through them. This promotes productivity because you can create large designs spread over a number of pages.

2. The surface of the pad is large enough to create a reasonably sized diagram on each sheet.

3. The easel is easily transported to a meeting room and then back to a developer's desk area, where the designs can be transposed into a UML tool or directly to code.

4. An easel pad itself can be easily transported to another easel in another location, making it easy to move an entire set of designs.

We use the easel pad to create UML class and sequence diagrams. Sometimes it is tedious flipping back and forth between the class and sequence diagrams while doing static and dynamic modeling in one session (a best practice). To make this easier it would make sense to have two easels and alternate between one for static modeling and one for dynamic modeling, allowing the class diagram to be visible while creating sequence diagrams.

An easel pad is also ideal for capturing use case text during elaboration meetings.

If you do get an easel pad, avoid the ones with sticky glue on the tops of the sheets for attaching to a wall because they are a pain to flip over the easel as they are always sticking together.

Report this post to a moderator | IP: Logged

Old Post 06-09-2005 04:23 AM
SZ is offline Click Here to See the Profile for SZ Click here to Send SZ a Private Message Visit SZ's homepage! Find more posts by SZ Add SZ to your buddy list Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Junior Member

Registered: Aug 2005
Posts: 7


Use the Simplest Tools is a core practice of Agile Modeling. I'm a firm believer in using simple tools such as easels or whiteboards for modeling, and the reality is that most modeling is done with such tools.

- Scott


Report this post to a moderator | IP: Logged

Old Post 08-07-2005 08:45 PM
ScottAmbler is offline Click Here to See the Profile for ScottAmbler Click here to Send ScottAmbler a Private Message Visit ScottAmbler's homepage! Find more posts by ScottAmbler Add ScottAmbler to your buddy list Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
All times are GMT. The time now is 01:49 AM. Post New Thread    Post A Reply
  Last Thread   Next Thread
Show Printable Version | Email this Page | Subscribe to this Thread

Forum Jump:
Rate This Thread:

Forum Rules:
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
HTML code is OFF
vB code is ON
Smilies are ON
[IMG] code is OFF

< Contact Us - Objects by Design >

Powered by: vBulletin Version 2.3.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Limited.
Copyright 1999-2005, Objects by Design, Inc.