An approach for generating natural language specifications by utilizing business process models

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2010

Thesis Language: English

Student: Ahmet Coşkunçay

Supervisor: ALİ ARİFOĞLU


Business process modeling is utilized by organizations for defining and reengineering their business processes. On the other hand, software requirements analysis activities are performed for determining the system boundaries, specifying software requirements using system requirements and resolving conflicts between requirements. From this point of view, these two activities are considered in different disciplines. An organization requiring its business processes to be defined and supported with information systems would benefit from performing business process modeling and requirements analysis concurrently. In this study, an approach enabling concurrent execution of business process modeling and requirements analysis is developed. The approach includes two business process modeling notations adapted to the research needs, a process defining the steps for implementing the approach and the requirements generation tool that generates natural language specification documents by using business process models. Within this study, two case studies are introduced; one describing the development of the approach and the other exploring if the total efficiency of performing business process modeling and requirements analysis activites would be increased by using the approach.