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Concurrent Modeling in Early Phases of the Software Development Life Cycle

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Software engineering deals with the development of complex software systems which is an inherently team-based task. Therefore, version control support is needed to coordinate the teamwork and to manage parallel modifications. If conflicting modifications occur, in standard approaches the developer who detected the conflict is responsible for the conflict resolution alone and has to resolve the conflict immediately.

Especially in early project phases, when software models are typically employed for brainstorming, analysis, and design purposes, such an approach bears the danger of losing important viewpoints of different stakeholders and domain engineers, resulting in a lower quality of the overall system specification. In this paper, we propose conflict-tolerant model versioning to overcome this problem. Conflicts are marked during the merge phase and are tolerated temporarily in order to resolve them later in a collaborative setting. We illustrate the proposed approach for the standardized modeling language UML and discuss how it can be integrated in current modeling tools and version control systems.

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  • team-based modeling
  • model versioning
  • conflict tolerance

This work has been partly funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and FFG under grant FIT-IT-819584 and the fFORTE WIT - Women in Technology Program of the Vienna University of Technology, and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research.

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Brosch, P., Langer, P., Seidl, M., Wieland, K., Wimmer, M., Kappel, G. (2010). Concurrent Modeling in Early Phases of the Software Development Life Cycle. In: Kolfschoten, G., Herrmann, T., Lukosch, S. (eds) Collaboration and Technology. CRIWG 2010. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6257. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-15714-1_11

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