Chapter 3. Features and Benefits of the IDEFO Activity Modeling Method

This chapter presents the basic principles of IDEFO—the assumptions behind its graphics and the rules for applying its analytical process. Expanding on Chapter 1, the discussion examines the scope of topics that can be handled by IDEFO, the benefits of its use, and a comparison to other popular graphical diagramming methods. Chapter 4 gets even more specific as it presents the detailed syntax and semantics of the IDEFO graphical language, as officially defined in the Federal Standard.

The Seven Basic Principles

There are seven principles—or rules of conduct—that must be followed in order to apply IDEFO techniques successfully:

1. The method must accurately represent the ...

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