Towards an Integrated Quality Assessment and Improvement Approach for UML Models

Akhtar Ali Jalbani, Jens Grabowski, Helmut Neukirchen, Benjamin Zeiß

Abstract

Models defined using the Unified Modeling Language (UML) are nowadays common parts of software documentations, specifications and sometimes even implementations. However, there is a broad variety of how UML is used. Reasons can be found, for example, in the lack of generally accepted modeling norms and guidelines, the semi-formal se- mantics of UML, or the complexity of the language. In practice, these factors inevitably lead to quality problems in UML models that need to be addressed. We investigate and discuss existing work in the field of quality assessment and improvement of UML models and present how we envision an integrated approach to quality assessment and improvement of UML models. We assess a model with a Factor-Criteria-Metrics (FCM) based quality model, detect issues by finding smells and violated met- ric thresholds in UML models, and improve UML models by applying refactorings using model-to-model transformations.
Document Type: 
Articles in Conference Proceedings
Booktitle: 
Proceedings of the 14th International SDL Conference on Design for Motes and Mobiles
Series: 
SDL'09
Address: 
Bochum, Germany
Publisher: 
Springer-Verlag
Pages: 
63-81
Month: 
9
Year: 
2009
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