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Use case and task models : formal unification and integrated development methodology


Use case and task models : formal unification and integrated development methodology

Sinnig, Daniel (2008) Use case and task models : formal unification and integrated development methodology. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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Use case models are the specification medium of choice for functional requirements, while task models are employed to capture User Interface (UI) requirements and design information. In current practice, both entities are treated independently and are often developed by different teams, which have their own philosophies and lifecycles. This lack of integration is problematic and often results in inconsistent functional and UI design specifications causing duplication of effort while increasing the maintenance overhead. To address this shortcoming, we propose an integrated development methodology for use case and task models. Our methodology serves as a blueprint for practitioners to derive an iterative and incremental development process according to which the two artifacts are successively enhanced in a stepwise and integrated manner. With each step, it is verified that the resulting model is a valid refinement of its source model. For this purpose we define a suite of refinement relations for use case and/or task models and provide automated tool support. The integrated development methodology is based on a formal framework, which defines a two-step mapping from a particular use case or task model notation to a common semantic domain. This two-step mapping results in a semantic framework that can be more easily validated, reused and extended. The intermediate semantic domains have been carefully chosen by taking into consideration the intrinsic characteristics of use case and task models. We selected sets of partially ordered sets (posets) and nondeterministic finite state machines (nFSMs) as semantic domains, supporting a true concurrent and interleaving model of concurrency, respectively. During the course of our research, we also defined DSRG-style use case models and Extended CIT task models as improvements to their respective state-of-the-art counterparts. Each improvement has been carefully selected to ensure that the intent and nature of each model is preserved. In order to show that the set of posets semantics and the nFSM semantics coincide, we established a formal correspondence between the two semantics and prove that they are trace equivalent

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Computer Science and Software Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Sinnig, Daniel
Pagination:xiv, 223 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Program:Computer Science and Software Engineering
Thesis Supervisor(s):Chalin, P and Khendek, F
Identification Number:LE 3 C66C67P 2008 S56
ID Code:976226
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:21
Last Modified:26 Oct 2022 23:05
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