Experimental Evaluation of Conceptual Modelling through Mind Maps and Model Driven Engineering

  • Fernando Wanderley
  • Denis Silveira
  • João Araujo
  • Ana Moreira
  • Eduardo Guerra
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8583)


Recent research studies report evidence that many systems’ requirements are not fully understood, being difficult to elicit and produce accurate conceptual models more efficiently. We have been investigating how creative models and model-driven development can contribute to overcome this difficulty. Creative models such as mind maps offer effective cognitive support to rapidly produce conceptual models that are closer to stakeholders’ expectations. This paper reports on the results of a controlled experiment carried out in academia and industry using a creative and agile modeling approach. This approach uses mind maps to generate conceptual models through transformations, using model-driven engineering techniques. The empirical evidence discussed in this paper shows a significant gain in time spent to build conceptual models.


Mind Map Modelling Requirements Engineering Conceptual Modelling Experimental Software Engineering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernando Wanderley
    • 1
  • Denis Silveira
    • 2
  • João Araujo
    • 1
  • Ana Moreira
    • 1
  • Eduardo Guerra
    • 3
  1. 1.CITI - Faculdade de Ciências e TecnologiaUniversidade Nova de LisboaLisboaPortugal
  2. 2.PROPADUniversidade Federal de PernambucoPernambucoBrazil
  3. 3.INPEInstituto Nacional de Pesquisas EspaciaisBrazil

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