For Model is optional/and possibly an impediment, unless asked for.
The following picture depicts my understanding of what piece of technology resides where when writing the code from a UI->Business->DB.
When doing TDD<->Code, there are very short and quick feedback cycles due to which there is good paced development.
When doing it with modeling involved as the short feedback cycles turns into a painstakingly long
Even with MDA as a choice, is it beneficial to extract technical details from the model or derive the model from the interface?
The interfaces act as the point of inflection of choosing whether to MDA or not.
I am not very much into Big-Upfront-Design camp,maybe due to lack of experience but as I understand every software solution in the writing has its own characteristics that are better dealt with when dealt with no big designs that over-shadow its actual requirement.
With features like reverse engineering from code-to-UML, although the cycle could be shortened, but only to load the design with something conceptual at a high level, even with a high probability that the same understanding could be useless or simply a cause of not being able to implement an elegant solution.
The fact that MDA is dependent on the interfaces to proceed and TDD creates those interfaces, not by thinking-out the complete system, but on a case-by-case basis, so the two approaches can exist, but in true agile spirit?
I don’t think so.