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Improving the Software Development Process by Improving the Process of Relationship Discovery

Improving the Software Development Process by Improving the Process of Relationship Discovery
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Author(s): Joseph Catanio (LaSalle University, USA) and Michael Bieber (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 3
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch105
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361

Abstract

A significant aspect of systems analysis involves discovering and representing entities and their inter-relationships. Guidelines exist to identify entities but none provide a rigorous and comprehensive process to explicitly capture relationships. Whereas, other analysis techniques lightly address the relationship discovery process, Relationship Analysis (RA) provides a comprehensive list of questions to determine a domain’s relationship structure. The quality of design artifacts, such as class diagrams can be improved by first representing the complete relationship structure of the problem domain. RA can significantly enhance the systems analyst’s effectiveness, especially in the area of relationship discovery, resulting in improved analysis and design artifacts.

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