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Getting SW Engineers on Board: Task Modelling with Activity Diagrams.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-92698-6_11 Conference: Engineering Interactive Systems - EIS 2007 Joint Working Conferences, EHCI 2007, DSV-IS 2007, HCSE 2007, Salamanca, Spain, March 22-24, 2007. Selected Papers
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ABSTRACT This paper argues for a transfer of knowledge and experience gained in task-based design to Software Engineering. A transformation
of task models into activity diagrams as part of UML is proposed. By using familiar notations, software engineers might be
encouraged to accept task modelling and to pay more attention to users and their tasks. Generally, different presentations
of a model can help to increase its acceptance by various stakeholders. The presented approach allows both the visualization
of task models as activity diagrams as well as task modelling with activity diagrams. Corresponding tool support is presented
which includes the animation of task models. The tool itself was developed in a model-based way.

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