Over at Industrie Toulouse, Jeffrey P Shell has a long meditation on agile modeling , which touches on themes he has been exploring for many years.
Today is actually the first time I've read about it at all, besides seeing the book title. And I don't claim to follow any of their practices fully. I just like the general idea. Modeling is about communication. Sometimes that communication is in the form of ideas of how a system could be shaped. Sometimes that communication is in the form of details about how a system is shaped. [ Industrie Toulouse ]
As Jeffrey points out, doing this kind of communication easily and quickly in a lightweight tool can make all the difference. Life is short; things move quickly; formal methods like UML often can't keep up; computers should help us do sketches on napkins faster and better too.
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