An empirical investigation of methods for maximizing knowledge and performance in framework documentation using Use Case Maps (UCM)


Hee, Wei Loon and Chai, Ian and Tan, Chuie Hong and Ho, Sin Ban (2016) An empirical investigation of methods for maximizing knowledge and performance in framework documentation using Use Case Maps (UCM). International Business Management, 10 (17). pp. 3812-3820. ISSN 1993-5250

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In today’s world of software engineering, timeframe and design consistency of a project have become a major, if not, crucial concern among developers. When developing an application, developers cannot afford to exceed the timeframe that has been allocated but at the same time, need to maintain the consistency of design throughout the whole development process. One way to support this is to have good framework documentation. Framework documentation is a process whereby a framework is documented in a proper manner so that it could be easily reused in any future application development. Two main documentation styles have been included in this study-patterns and minimalist styles. It is not easy to document a framework well. Therefore, well-established theories or rules to follow when documenting are helpful. The aim of this study is to discover a new method that can improve the learning curve and to make mass learning possible among users in framework documentation. It focuses on minimalist documentation and pattern documentation but with a new add-on approach-augmented with Use Case Maps (UCM). Patterns have the idea of providing the solution to a problem in its context. It has contextual information which is not minimal, unlike minimalist. Minimalist documentation promotes minimal reading and random access which m ans that the learner can proceed in a self-directed manner as well as using small pages that can be read as per the learner’s desires on the reading order. The use of UCM in these documentation styles has been examined in detail using a quantitative research method. We found UCM to be more effective in allowing learners to perform efficiently and understand the framework better when used in conjunction with Minimalist documentation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Framework Documentation, Patterns, Minimalist, UCM
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA71-90 Instruments and machines > QA75.5-76.95 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Computing and Informatics (FCI)
Faculty of Management (FOM)
Depositing User: Ms Rosnani Abd Wahab
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2020 03:10
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 03:10


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