Definition of Behaviour/Behavior

Definition Last Updated 17-Dec-2015 12:51

A behaviour is an activity attributed to an entity, i.e. a behaviour is a description of the way that an entity changes in time, intrinsically or in response to external changes.

For comparison, the current UML1OMG Unified Modeling Language™ (OMG UML), v2.5 pdf here. definition of a behaviour is:

a specification of events that may occur dynamically over time

The significance of “dynamically” in the UML definition is unknown.

Examples

Treacle oozes; dogs chase cats; wasps sting if annoyed.

Relationships

Behaviours are expressed as relationships of the forms:

[Behaviour] is an [activity] attributed to [entity]

[Activity] attributed to [entity] is [behaviour]

[Behaviour] of [entity] is [activity] of [entity]

Scope

Behaviour is a defined term of Enterprise Architecture. Behaviour is a defined term of Business Analysis

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1.OMG Unified Modeling Language™ (OMG UML), v2.5 pdf here.

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