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New, better or more methods? Method support in Visual Paradigm 16.2

In line with my last blog post, some insights:

Many users of modeling tools discuss the used modeling notations. The advantage of the standard notations of OMG® is that knowledge of the notations is now widespread and there is a standardized exchange format for the models created. This does not always apply to proprietary notations. I am surprised that notations (such as data flow diagrams) are used without knowledge of the syntax rules. But syntax rules apply to proprietary notations too. Which modeling elements exist, what is their meaning, which relationships between the elements are permissible, what is their meaning?

These discussions focus on the formalization and evaluation of collected information in models. Gathering information in workshops or interviews is often "forgotten".

Phases of Model Development

Gathering information and converting it into formal models requires knowledge of methods. The time before the OMG standard notations (e.g. UML and BPMN) appeared is often referred to as the "method bloom". Unfortunately, the OMG shuns the word "method" like the devil shuns holy water. Many of the "old" methods continue to be popular and can be used in conjunction with the standard notation.

In the current version 16.2 of Visual Paradigm, not only other notations, but a large number of such methods are supported. Including one of my favorite methods for gathering information and organizing workshops: Six Thinking Hats. But many other methods for brainstorming (including Star Diagram, Reverse Brainstorming), for Six Sigma (including 5S, 6S) or problem-solving (including 5W1H) are included. An overview can be found on

There are many books on my list of books that describe such methods.

As always: feedback is welcome.

Juergen Pitschke

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