Lean Use Cases: Part 4

In Lean Use Cases: Part 2, I promised I would talk about documenting business rules and data items relevant to a use case. Here I am, fulfilling that promise.

Imagine a holiday company requires a system that allows it to, among other things, take bookings for holidays. I have modelled a […]

Lean Use Cases: Part 3

As a follow-on from Lean Use Cases: Part 2, please click on the link below to see a short tutorial on modelling use cases as activity diagrams. It is best viewed in full-screen mode.

Activity diagram tutorial

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Lean Use Cases: Part 2

I am fond of System Use Cases as a tool for documenting functional requirements, but I am not a big fan of use case specifications.

I find the textual specifications result in the kind of weighty documents that everyone hates reviewing and I continue to be amazed that so many analysts […]

Software Use Case or Screen Flow?

Recently I was asked to take a look at some Software Use Case (SUC) specifications. What I found was actually a description of a screen flow crowbarred into a SUC specification template.

There are two questions you might be asking.

What’s wrong with that? How does it come about?

April 22nd, 2010 | Tags: , , | Category: Use Cases | Leave a comment

Demetri Martin’s findings

Every project needs the perspective of Demetri Martin.

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BUCs, SUCs and TUCs! Oh, my!

I have had discussions with colleagues about use cases (and seen discussions on LinkedIn) where it is clear that some people do not understand that there are different types of use case, so I hope the following definitions help.

Business Use Case A technique for describing (in technology-agnostic terms) a repeatable […]

Reality check

I am a great believer in facing up to reality, regardless of the pain involved. I don’t know whether it is my experience as a senior business analyst or my character or both that causes me to step in from time to time and say: “Stop! Time for a reality check!”

April 14th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , | Category: General | Leave a comment


I have found that people, from business SMEs to software developers, often confuse triggers and pre-conditions.

Whether you are producing a business activity model, a process model (business use case) or a software use case, both concepts are relevant and the distinction is important. It is also important to be able […]