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Use Case best practice: Test your Use Cases with real data alvin November 12, 2009 - 9:20am

Quite often when I’m asked to review a UML “Use Case” that someone else has written, I ask “Have you tested your Use Case with real data?” Sadly, the answer is usually “no.”

I don’t know why people don’t do this, but they don’t, and it seems like a very logical thing — essentially a unit test for Use Cases.

A terrific Model View Controller (MVC) diagram

Every once in a while when something hits you, you really remember it; it stands out in your mind as an “Aha” moment. One of those moments for me was when I saw a particular “Model/View/Controller” (MVC) diagram, and the light bulb went on. This diagram made the MVC pattern very simple, and I've never forgotten it.

UML Use Case examples

Summary: A collection of UML Use Case examples (software requirements examples), based on a "real world" project.

I've been taking a little time lately to document a lot of what I know about UML Use Cases, and today I thought I'd take a few moments to link up to Use Cases I wrote for a client back in 2004. The client graciously allowed me to reprint these on this website, as long as I removed their name from all the documentation.

A Use Case example of yesterday's User Story

In my Use Case quality article yesterday I wrote about a "User Story" for a fictional "User Logs In" requirement. To complete that article, I promised to write a Use Case version of that same user story. Here then is that sample "User Logs In" Use Case, which you can compare to yesterday's User Story.

UML Use Case quality: Questions to ask yourself when writing a Use Case alvin September 27, 2010 - 3:35pm

I was just updating my Example UML Use Case diagram article and it occurred to me that if you're a Business Analyst, there are a couple of questions you can ask yourself as you write a Use Case (or User Story) that will help improve the quality of your writing. Two questions specifically come to mind:

Free UML tools - a quick look

Free UML software tools FAQ: Can you recommend any free UML tools?

Over the last week or so I've been looking around again at free UML tools, and one that has really stood out is UMLet. While most UML tools try to do a lot of things, UMLet takes the "UML as sketch" approach, which I've generally come to agree with.

An example software requirements specification in a Use Case driven format alvin June 8, 2010 - 2:08pm

I took some time yesterday and reformatted my free example software requirements specification, whittling it down to 36 pages, from the original release, which was over 200 pages. As you might guess, the new pages are longer, and I've also reformatted the specification, both of which help to make it much easier to read.

A simple example UML Use Case diagram alvin June 5, 2010 - 7:08pm

UML Use Case FAQ: Can you share an example of a Use Case diagram?

As I've been preparing to let other writers write on the devdaily.com website, I started to think about what different things (processes) an author would need to do on the website. As I thought about this, I started realizing that I was once again thinking like a business analyst, and then I thought I'd create an example UML Use Case diagram to show these processes.

Model View Controller definitions and examples

Model View Controller pattern FAQ: Can you provide some examples and definitions of MVC objects?

Earlier today I shared a Model View Controller (MVC) diagram that I think really simplifies the MVC design pattern. It lays out the interaction rules between MVC elements, i.e., which objects can communicate with each other in a proper MVC design.

A free "real world" software requirements specification

Last night I ran across a software requirements specification that I meant to share out here a long time ago, but unfortunately I never did. I created this software requirements specification for one of my customers, and they kindly gave me permission to publish this document out here (after I took out a few things specific to their business).