we are basing our IA and Interaction Design projects very much on
abstract modelling. Depending on the individual project, this includes
object and task models, user groups, activity diagrams (swim lane etc.),
data and metadata models, use cases, site maps of course, etc. - all
this with the goal to capture, analyse and model the structures
underlying a design or architecture. The goal is to have a reason behind
every element in a wireframe or prototype.
Until now, we are working mainly with tools like Visio and OmniGraffle,
occasionally others. From working with Enterprise Architects for some
time now, we have learned that they are using tools that allow to map
these indivdual models to each other.
For example an interaction with an online banking system might be mapped
to the information object structure used, or to individual views on this
structure (account overview, individual transaction ...). Changing one
would then impact other linked views automatically.
Systems like Aris, Enterprise Architect or Casewise seem to support
this. Is there anyone here who is using this kind of tool for modelling
purposes? Do you have recommendations for a tool that is suited for
common UX-related models and allows interlinking model elements?