Requirements Modelling and Specification forService Oriented Architecture
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Many software developers often confuse requirements engineering with software specification and, as a result, build unusable systems, despite meeting specifications. Bringing together all the techniques needed by the modern software developer, here is a practical handbook to requirements engineering and systems specification for developers building systems within a service oriented architecture. It introduces the concepts of SOA and relevant standards and technology, such as Web services and ESBs, and then presents a range of modern requirements engineering techniques.


Foreword by Mark McGregor.

Foreword by Professor Neil Maiden.


1. Principles of SOA.

1.1. Why Projects Fail.

1.2. Aligning IT with Business - Speaking a Common Language.

1.3. What is Service Oriented Architecture?

1.4. Business Drivers for SOA.

1.5. Technology Drivers.

1.6. Benefits, Pitfalls and Prospects.

1.7. Migration Strategies.

1.8. Summary.

1.9. Bibliographical Notes.

2. Architecture - Objects, Components, Services.

2.1. What is Architecture?

2.2. Architecture through the Ages.

2.3. Objects and Components.

2.4. Architecture and SOA.

2.5. Stateless Services.

2.6. Practical Principles for Developing, Maintaining and Exploiting SOA.

2.7. Summary.

2.8. Bibliographical Notes.

3. Approaches to Requirements Engineering.

3.1. Conventional Approaches.

3.2. Classic Requirements versus Use Cases.

3.3. Problem Frames.

3.4. Requirements and Business Rules.

3.5. Establishing and Prioritizing the Business Objectives.

3.6. Soft Techniques for Requirements Elicitation.

3.7. Summary.

3.8. Bibliographical Notes.

4. Business Process Modelling.

4.1. The Origins of and Need for Business Process Modelling.

4.2. Business Process Modelling in a Nutshell.

4.3. UML Activity Diagrams.

4.4. BPMN.

4.5. WS-BPEL.

4.6. Orchestration and Choreography.

4.7. Process Algebra and Petri Nets.

4.8. The Human Side of Business Process Management.

4.9. Summary.

4.10. Bibliographical Notes.

5. Catalysis Conversation Analysis.

5.1. What is a Business Process?

5.2. Conversations.

5.3. Conversation Stereotypes and Scripts.

5.4. Conversations as Components.

5.5. Contracts and Goals.

5.6. Conversations, Collaborations and Services.

5.7. Checking Model Consistency.

5.8. Summary.

5.9. Bibliographical Notes.

6. Models of Large Enterprises.

6.1. Business Process Modelling and SOA in the Large.

6.2. Business Rules in the Mission Grid.

6.3. The Mission Grid as a Roadmap for SOA.

6.4. Other Approaches.

6.5. Summary.

6.6. Bibliographical Notes.

7. Specification Modelling.

7.1. From Requirements to Specification.

7.2. Some Problems with the Conventional Approach to Use Cases.

7.3. Describing Boundary Conversations or Use Cases.

7.4. Establishing the Type Model.

7.5. Finding Services from State Models.

7.6. Finding Business Rules.

7.7. Ontology, Type Models and Business Rules.

7.8. Documenting the Specification.

7.9. Associations, Rules and Encapsulation.

7.10. Summary.

7.11. Bibliographical Notes.

8. Standards.

8.1. BPM Standards.

8.2. Web Services Standards.

8.3. Other Miscellaneous Standards.

8.4. Bibliographical Notes.

Appendix A. Requirements Engineering and Specification Patterns.

Appendix B. The Fundamental Concepts of Service Oriented Architecture.

References and Bibliography.