Measuring method complexity : UML versus BPMN

Recker, Jan C., zur Muehlen, Michael, Siau, Keng, Erickson, John, & Indulska, Marta (2009) Measuring method complexity : UML versus BPMN. In 15th Americas Conference on Information Systems, 6-9 August, 2009, San Francisco, California.


Graphical models are used to depict relevant aspects of real-world domains intended to be supported by an information system. Various approaches for modeling exist and approaches such as object-oriented and process-oriented modeling methods are in widespread use. These modeling methods differ in their expressive power as well as in their complexity of use, thereby leading to an important investment decision for organizations seeking to conduct modeling projects. In this paper, we used an established approach for evaluating the complexity of conceptual modeling methods and compared two important industry standards for modeling, Unified Modeling Language and Business Process Modeling Notation, based on their complexity. Our research finds that BPMN has very high levels of complexity when contrasted with UML.

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ID Code: 20107
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Process modeling, object-oriented modeling, complexity, UML, BPMN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Conceptual Modelling (080603)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > School of Information Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Association for Information Systems
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2009 01:13
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:09

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