Stephen Mellor to Discuss Advanced Agile

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 31 March, 2010 – Author and consultant Stephen J. Mellor, a signatory to the Agile Manifesto, will discuss agile Model-Driven Development in a free IEEE Computer Society webinar scheduled for Tuesday, 13 April.

Mellor is the author of “Structured Development for Real-Time Systems”, “Object Lifecycles,” “Executable UML”, and “MDA Distilled.”

The webinar will describe the construction of executable Unified Modeling Language (UML) models and translation rules that map models onto multiple platforms and implementations. Mellor will demonstrate how this process is inherently agile, and parallel to boot.

He concedes that "agile" and "Model-Driven Development" do not often appear in the same sentence. Agility promotes the notion that testing a running system is better than building descriptions of them. With the addition of actions to UML, models can be executed, and many of the principles of agility can be applied to executable models.

The hour-long webinar will begin at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT / 18:00 GMT. To register for “Agile Model-Driven Development,” visit http://computer.org/webinars/agile3. The webinar is sponsored by Black Duck Software.

Until recently, Mellor was chief scientist of the Embedded Software Division at Mentor Graphics, and founder and president of Project Technology, before its acquisition. He participates in multiple UML/modeling related activities at the Object Management Group, and was a member of the OMG's Architecture Board, which is the final technical gateway for all OMG standards.

Mellor was chairman of IEEE Software’s advisory board for a decade and a two-time guest editor, most recently for an issue on Model-Driven Development. He is also adjunct professor at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.

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