Every time I start a new architecture role, one of my first tasks is to hunt out a UML tool. I'm still constantly surprised at how little traction UML has within the software development industry, with few people using it and fewer people having access to a UML tool. As I type this I'm listening to Grady Booch's 4 part "podcast" series about software architecture and he just said that "a model is a simplification of reality". For me, this is exactly the reason I use UML - it allows me to present the architecture to other stakeholders in a simplified way.
I've been hearing a lot of good things about StarUML, but what's your UML tool of choice?
Simon is an independent software development consultant specialising in software architecture; specifically technical leadership, communication and lightweight, pragmatic approaches to software architecture. He is the author of two books about software architecture; Software Architecture for Developers (a developer-friendly guide to software architecture, technical leadership and the balance with agility) and The Art of Visualising Software Architecture (a guide to communicating software architecture with sketches, diagrams and the C4 model). Simon lives in Jersey (the largest of the Channel Islands) and regularly speaks to audiences around the world. You can find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrown.