CPSM 2013 Workshop

1st IEEE International Workshop on Communicating Business Process and Software Models Quality, Understandability, and Maintainability taking place on September 23rd, 2013 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands in conjunction with the 29th International Conference on Software Maintenance Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 22-28 September 2013

In recent years, the fact that models are a means for communication gained more attention in research on process modeling and software modeling. Both communities discuss issues related to models, modeling languages, and their use and perception, such as model understandability, complexity of modeling languages, actual usage of language features, cognitive aspects, human perception and subjective perspectives on models, and related issues.

These topics are extremely important for the adaption of modeling languages in practice, yet the attention from the research community is still limited. The CPSM 2013 workshop shall provide a forum for researchers and practitioners actively working on quality, usability and maintainability of software and process models. The workshop supports the exchange of ideas, challenges, and insights from two similar domains with the aim of raising awareness of the important “soft skills” of modeling languages. The workshop will give room to present research results, position papers, case studies and share experiences and ideas in panel discussions.

Workshop organization

  • Marco Brambilla, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Irene Vanderfeesten, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Dirk Fahland, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

Paper presentations
Amongst others Oktay T├╝retken from our IS group will present his paper: Towards a Maintainability Model for Business Processes.

For more information and the workshop program, see: http://wwwin.tue.nl/cpsm2013

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Presentation Jan Claes

Title: The process of business process modeling and business model quality

Abstract: The construction of business process models has become an important requisite in the analysis and optimization of business processes. The success of the analysis and optimization efforts heavily depends on the quality of the models. Therefore, a research domain emerged that studies the process of process modeling. After the analysis of recorded data of various observational modeling sessions, a specific modeling style was discovered that seems to have a positive impact on the resulting quality of the process models (i.e., structured process modeling). More in particular, there was a highly significant correlation in the dataset between variables that measure the degree of structured process modeling and the understandability and correctness of the process model.

The Ph.D. project will contribute to knowledge by the formal definition of the technique and by investigating why and how the structured process modeling technique has a positive impact on process model quality. Further, the influence of confounding variables will be studied, such as properties of the modeler, of the case, of the case description, of the modeling tool, of the modeling language, etc. Tool support will be developed to assist modelers in the use of the structured process modeling technique through highlighting of matching gateways or block context, through providing warning and error messages to the user, through a pairwise creation of gateways, etc. The Ph.D. study will be completed by investigating the generic applicability of the findings

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