I watched this TED talk this morning, about Origami, and was struck by a couple of things.

Apart from having a very cool job title – “Professional Origamist”  – he’s very big on the idea of ‘using the work of dead people’, by which he means, if a problem has been solved before, make use of it.

And a key part of being able to re-use those ideas is having a common language in which to express and transmit the ideas. So he’s using maths to describe how origami shapes can be created, and having arrived at a neat way to write down how to fold things, he can now move on to think about his subject area in a new way. Just look at the shapes he can produce:

Allomyrina dichotoma, opus 655
(c) Robert Lang – see langorigami.com

And so I leave the reader to work out what this has to do with modelling – you’re a smart bunch: go figure.

Ian Mitchell is a business analyst and software developer. He's been using UML since before it was UML, and has managed teams of BAs all over the place. He also teaches UML and BPMN, and writes the eaDocX document generator for the Sparx EA tool.

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