User Preference and Performance with UML Interaction Diagrams

J. Swan, M. Kutar, T. Barker, C. Britton

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    During the requirements process it is of key
    importance that all representations used are clearly
    understood by those who must use them. Therefore it is
    essential to ensure that those representations are
    presented as effectively as possible. User preference is
    one area that may influence the effectiveness of the
    representations presented. This paper describes a
    study that was carried out to explore the relationship
    between user preference for UML sequence and
    collaboration diagrams. Results show that participants
    who preferred sequence diagrams showed improved
    performance when using sequence diagrams. This was
    true for preferences expressed both before and after
    the task. However, participants who did not prefer
    sequence diagrams showed an overall improved
    performance for both types of diagram over the group
    that preferred sequence diagrams.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProcs of the 2004 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages & Human Centric Computing
    Subtitle of host publicationVLHCC'04
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    ISBN (Print)0-7803-8696-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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