ACM Queue - UML Fever: Diagnosis and Recovery - Acknowledgment is only the first step toward recovery from this potentially devastating affliction.: "The Institute of Infectious Diseases has recently published research confirming that the many and varied strains of UML Fever continue to spread worldwide, indiscriminately infecting software analysts, engineers, and managers alike. One of the fever's most serious side effects has been observed to be a significant increase in both the cost and duration of developing software products. This increase is largely attributable to a decrease in productivity resulting from fever-stricken individuals investing time and effort in activities that are of little or no value to producing deliverable products. For example, afflictees of Open Loop Fever continue to create UML (Unified Modeling Language) diagrams for unknown stakeholders. Victims of Comfort Zone Fever remain glued in the modeling space, postponing the development of software. And those suffering from Gnat's Eyebrow Fever continue creating models that glorify each and every Boolean value of prospective software implementations.
Research has shown that the failure to recognize or act upon UML Fever affliction is largely the result of factors such as denial, desperation, or a poor understanding of its symptoms. One of this article’s primary objectives is to help overcome this failure by describing the fever’s most commonly observed symptoms for the purpose of facilitating its diagnosis at both individual and organizational levels. Beyond promoting recovery in those actually stricken, this article is also focused on the codependents that perpetuate UML Fever in their organizations by ignoring its symptoms and failing to take corrective action. It is important to understand that individuals in leadership positions who allow UML Fever-related atrocities to occur on their watches are equally responsible for the fever’s devastating effects as those actually stricken."