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The trouble with UML June 8, 2008

Posted by Michael Kowalski in work.

I don’t much like UML because it looks sort of human-readable, and so will end up getting shown to business users who won’t actually follow it at all. A lot of times, the sort of thing you are documenting with UML should make sense to all project stakeholders; I don’t think there’s much documentation apart from actual source code where that’s the case.

Plus I shared a studio once with a VC-funded startup (you know who you are ;-) who spent months writing UML for their vapourware. Time went by, and the UML got more and more refined, but there never seemed to be any sign of a, you know, actual app. Meanwhile, my team and I wrote real working code, and got customers, and made profits.



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