INTSPEI Announces Results of Worldwide UML Jokes Contest

February 14, 2008 New York – Kiev: If you’re familiar with UML (Unified Modeling Language), you might think it’s useful but not very exciting. Better think again. The UML Jokes Contest, sponsored by International Software & Productivity Engineering Institute (INTSPEI) shows UML models in a whole new light.

In announcing today the winners of this unusual contest, INTSPEI gives us a new perspective on UML. It shows this standard graphical language, ordinarily used to create abstract models of systems, as a surprisingly versatile structure with broad, expressive power.

Four month ago INTSPEI launched the worldwide contest of jokes written in UML and the results are in. They’re available at

The first prize, a high performance laptop, is won by Victoria Sklyar, author of the outstanding UML diagram “Hamlet Activity”. In UML, activity diagrams are usually used to formally describe business processes. But Victoria’s creative chart will let you trace the Dane’s deep emotional discord and share Hamlet’s anxiety and uncertainty as he ponders his destiny choices.

The second prize is awarded to Slava Bushtruk, for his diagram, “Underworld Anecdote.” Sequence diagrams in UML are usually showing processes or objects and the messages exchanged between them, but in this case the sequence diagram tells of conversations in the Devil’s Call Center.

The third prize is a fairy tale about the gingerbread man. The author of this diagram, Timofey Bryksin, traces the adventures of smart food and uses the diagramming technique to make it even funnier than the original story.

One more fairy tale, posted by Alexander Baikin, gains the Audience appreciation prize – this bright and picturesque diagram shows the “Three Little Pigs” tale.

Edward Galiaskarov, who posted the most jokes and won the prize as the most active participant, created several small masterpieces as well. One of them is a philosophical picture, using a UML state-chart diagram to represent a Yin-Yang model of the Universe.

“I would like to congratulate the winners and thank all the participants, companies and communities who supported the UML Jokes contest” said Vladimir L. Pavlov, INTSPEI Chairman and Chief Strategic Officer. “The contest attracted a lot of programmers, architects and other IT professionals, showing that ’boring’ UML can be used as a full-scale communication tool – even to express supposedly human-only values. We received a lot of positive feedback and we had a lot of fun. We’re going to launch the next UML Jokes contest in autumn 2008.”


The International Software and Productivity Engineering Institute (INTSPEI, is a corporation with offices in New York and Kiev (Ukraine). INTSPEI develops and distributes advanced productivity and software engineering methodologies and tools based on the original award-winning research conducted by its founders since 2001, and offers software solutions to help information workers worldwide boost their productivity.

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