Thriving Systems Theory and Metaphor-Driven Modeling

Authors: Waguespack, Leslie J.

  • Integrates theories from three disciplines: physical architecture, cognitive linguistics and systems/software engineering
  • Presents a unifying foundation that explains the interrelationships between systems and software engineering
  • The 15 choice properties translated from Alexander’s center properties together represent the most comprehensive set of systems engineering
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How is it that one system is more effective, appealing, satisfying and/or more beautiful than another to its stakeholder community? This question drove Christopher Alexander’s fifty-year quest to explain great physical architecture and gave birth to pattern-languages for building that underpin much of modern systems engineering. How is it that so many individual stakeholders consistently recognize the same quality, the same beauty in a system? This question led George Lakoff to research the role of conceptual metaphor in human understanding. What is essential to stakeholders’ satisfaction with systems? Fred Brooks, in his publications, addressed this question. This monograph fuses these diverse streams of thought in proposing Thriving Systems Theory by translating Alexander’s properties of physical design quality into the abstract domain of information systems and modeling. Metaphor-Driven Modeling incorporates the theory while examining its impact throughout the system life cycle: modeling, design and deployment. The result is holistic and innovative, a perspective on system quality invaluable to students, practitioners and researchers of software and systems engineering. Les Waguespack is a computer science Ph.D., professor and chairperson of computer information systems at Bentley University, USA. Dr. Waguespack’s experience as programmer, software engineer, software architect, database architect, project manager and systems consultant underpins 35 years of teaching and research, the last 20+ years teaching object-oriented modeling and systems engineering to undergraduates, graduate students and practicing professionals.

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Dr. Waguespack is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (formerly USL) with degrees in Computer Systems and Software, MIS and Computer Architecture. After five years in the USAF, headquarters personnel, directorate of the computer systems, modeling branch, he taught in the Computer Science department at LSU. Since 1984 he has been teaching in the Computer Information Systems department at Bentley University - systems EAD (engineering/analysis/design), object-oriented systems EAD, software project management and database.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Waguespack, Leslie J.

    Pages 1-6

  • Christopher Alexander’s Nature of Order

    Waguespack, Leslie J.

    Pages 9-14

  • Wholeness and Center Properties Mapped to Modeling

    Waguespack, Leslie J.

    Pages 15-26

  • Achieving Versus Observing Strength in Choice Properties

    Waguespack, Leslie J.

    Pages 27-37

  • Building

    Waguespack, Leslie J.

    Pages 39-45

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Thriving Systems Theory and Metaphor-Driven Modeling
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-84996-302-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84996-302-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-84996-301-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4471-6214-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 167
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