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How to Create a Robustness Diagram in Visio

Updated July 20, 2017

Creating robustness diagrams in Visio can be a challenging endeavour. Robustness diagrams are based on UML 2.0 methodology. They describe the business operations and information flow through a system. In Visio, designing a robustness diagram requires some ingenuity in working with the available stencils and tools. A basic overview of the process of creating a simple robustness diagram illustrates the design process.

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  1. Launch a Web browser and navigate to the Software Stencils website. Click "Enter" on the keyboard. Scroll down to the "Stencil and Template for Visio 2010" section, then right-click on the "Stencil and Template for Visio 2010" link. Save the archive to your favourite download location.

  2. Open the "Stencil and Template for Visio 2010" file in Winrar. Right-click on "Extract." Next, extract the archive contents to the following location: "C:\Users\User\Documents\My Shapes\uml2." Click on the "OK" button.

  3. Select the "File" tab on the top navigation menu. Right-click on the "Options" line, then right-click on the "Advanced" line. Scroll down to the "General" section and click "File Locations." Select the "..." box next to the "Templates" field. Select the "uml2" directory. Click "OK." Next, click on the "..." box next to the "Stencils" field. Select the "um2" directory again. Click "OK" and restart Visio.

  4. Right-click on the "File" tab on the top navigation menu, then right-click "New." Quickly double-click on the "UML 2.2" icon to create a new page.

  5. Right-click the "Actor" icon in the UML 2.2 shape window. Drag the icon to the drawing area. Double-click with the right mouse button on the icon. Type in the name "Customer."

  6. Right-click on "Straight Relationship" line icon. Drag the line icon to the drawing area next to the "Actor" icon. Double click on the line. Type "Enter URL for Webpage."

  7. Right-click the "Boundary Object" icon in the right-hand "UML Icons and Stereotypes" menu. Drag the icon at the end of the "Straight Relationship Line" icon on the drawing page. Next, double-click on the icon, then type in "Website Homepage."

  8. Right-click on the "Straight Relationship Line" icon. Next, drag the icon next to the "Boundary Object" icon on the drawing page, then double-click on the "Straight Relationship Line" icon.

  9. Right click on the "Control Object " icon in "UML Icons and Stereotypes" right-side menu. Drag the icon to the drawing page next to the "Straight Relationship Line" icon connected to the "Website Homepage" icon. Double-click on the "Control Object" icon. Type in "Click on category."

  10. Right-click on the "Straight Relationship Line" icon. Next, drag the icon next to the "Click on Category" icon on the drawing page.

  11. Right-click on the "Entity Object " icon in "UML Icons and Stereotypes" righthand menu. Drag the icon to the drawing page next to the "Straight Relationship Line" icon connected to the "Click on the Category" icon. Double-click on the "Entity Object" icon. Type in "Show Products."

  12. Tip

    Creating a robustness diagram is similar to creating a UML diagram as it has many of the same object types.

    Warning

    Review a data model diagram for any processes you may have left out before finalising.

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Things You'll Need

  • Visio Stencil and Template for UML 2.2

About the Author

Bruce Emmerling began writing in 2009 and has professional experience in the fields of computers, usability research and Web development. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in information systems management from the University of Maryland University College and is currently working on a Master of Arts in human-centered computing from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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