News and thoughts from CS Odessa, maker of the ConceptDraw product line: ConceptDraw PRO, ConceptDraw PROJECT and ConceptDraw MINDMAP.

Friday, April 10, 2009


Article written by Julia Fedorenko, Head of Marketing at CS Odessa

ConceptDraw Office allows you to easily apply Agile project management techniques to real projects. The unique toolset in ConceptDraw Office makes it easy to combine project management techniques with complete information visualization in a single software toolset. Every project management methodology is unique in what is required to implement and all projects must be adapted to fit within the methodology used by your organization. Looking at the project through the Agile Modeling lens it is important to remember the following crucial ideas:

• The use of User Story mapping helps Agile teams create a clear model that reflects user requirements in the context of the project.

• UML diagramming defines project direction without dictating how you do it.

• Effective communication facilitates the successful management of a project’s allocation of time and resources.

An Agile Model User Story is a very high-level definition of user requirements so that the development team can better estimate the effort required to implement the described functionality.The basic components of a User Story are often defined as the three C’s (Card, Conversation & Confirmation). The Card is a written identification of what is being built, the Conversation contains recorded notes, mockups, drawings, and documents exchanged with the end users, and the Confirmation is a description of acceptance test criteria, the User Wish. ConceptDraw MINDMAP is a great tool to build and explore the User Wish and then to share with the project team. Using a mind map is an effective way to capture a user’s requirement in a visual format that is easy to read and to work from.

With ConceptDraw PRO, you can visually represent project progress using Unified Modeling Language (UML) case diagrams and class diagram, generated from information contained in the User Wish exploration mind map. ConceptDraw can be used at two stages; the User Wish Exploration stage and the Requirements Modeling stage. By using MINDMAP during the first or the User Wish Exploration stage, you can capture and share ideas and keywords at a high level view.

When using UML during the second Requirements Modeling stage you are able to model domain objects and use cases from the keywords gathered from the User Wish exploration mind map.Our project management tool ConceptDraw PROJECT is a powerful application that allows you to effortlessly manage and communicate project status between project team participants. The entire process is very easy to incorporate into your workflow processes. ConceptDraw PROJECT enables you to keep project files current as team members read, contribute, and complete their tasks. By using ConceptDraw PROJECT and ConceptDraw MINDMAP, the tasks of communicating and exchanging data to individuals or the entire project team in a convenient mind map format keeps everyone informed.Discover more about Agile Modeling using ConceptDraw Office and the best of class products included in ConceptDraw Office

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