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Thriving Systems Theory and Metaphor-Driven Modeling

Waguespack, Leslie J.

2010, XI, 167 p.

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  • Integrates theories from three disciplines: physical architecture, cognitive linguistics and systems/software engineering
  • Presents a unifying foundation that explains the interrelationships between systems and software engineering
  • The 15 choice properties translated from Alexander’s center properties together represent the most comprehensive set of systems engineering
How is it that one system is more effective, appealing, satisfying and/or more beautiful than another to its stakeholder community? This question drove Christopher Alexander’s fifty-year quest to explain great physical architecture and gave birth to pattern-languages for building that underpin much of modern systems engineering. How is it that so many individual stakeholders consistently recognize the same quality, the same beauty in a system? This question led George Lakoff to research the role of conceptual metaphor in human understanding. What is essential to stakeholders’ satisfaction with systems? Fred Brooks, in his publications, addressed this question. This monograph fuses these diverse streams of thought in proposing Thriving Systems Theory by translating Alexander’s properties of physical design quality into the abstract domain of information systems and modeling. Metaphor-Driven Modeling incorporates the theory while examining its impact throughout the system life cycle: modeling, design and deployment. The result is holistic and innovative, a perspective on system quality invaluable to students, practitioners and researchers of software and systems engineering. Les Waguespack is a computer science Ph.D., professor and chairperson of computer information systems at Bentley University, USA. Dr. Waguespack’s experience as programmer, software engineer, software architect, database architect, project manager and systems consultant underpins 35 years of teaching and research, the last 20+ years teaching object-oriented modeling and systems engineering to undergraduates, graduate students and practicing professionals.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Architecture - Metaphor-driven modeling - Software engineering - System - Systems engineering - Thriving systems - systems theory

Related subjects » Software Engineering

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