Developing Requirements with Use Cases

Use this business analysis training course to master the power of use cases for developing requirements, improving software quality, and solidifying the link between requirements and other aspects of system development.

You will:

  • Advance the knowledge you already have about use cases and their value throughout the development life cycle
  • Implement practical methods for understanding user requirements
  • Practice state-of-the-art business and system modeling techniques
  • Understand the connection between functional system scope and use cases
  • Identify the correct use cases for a new or enhanced business system quickly and accurately
  • Develop and document correct functional requirements
  • Gain exposure to relationships among use cases, Agile methods, and user stories
  • Overcome common use case traps and pitfalls
  • Explore interdependencies among use cases, other types of requirements, design elements, and test cases
  • Increase testing effectiveness through well-written use cases
  • Leverage the power of use cases to enhance software quality with improved traceability
  • Apply use cases in your real organizational environment
  • Improve your requirements elicitation skills
  • Produce high-quality, readable use case documentation that serves business and IT stakeholders
  • Experience powerful ways to document requirements with use cases

Exclusive Course Materials
You'll receive a comprehensive Participant Guide containing copies of all slides, supplemental material on specific tools and techniques, and a complete set of all workshop case project materials, plus an annotated bibliography to guide your further reading and learning after the workshop.

Prevent expensive errors and omissions in requirements with a proven approach and methodology!
It’s well documented that the most common source of delays, cancellations and defects in systems development projects is our failure to understand the project requirements. We also know that the top two causes of requirements errors are lack of input from the users and missing or incomplete requirements. As you’ll see in Developing Requirements with Use Cases, identifying and writing high-quality use cases is significantly enhanced with active user input and participation. In turn, that user involvement helps to ensure that all desired system functionality and behavior is explored and understood early on. This both drastically reduces the number of missed and misunderstood requirements and also provides a sound way to manage requirements on very complex systems.

Practice advanced real-world tools and techniques for immediate application.
This two-day advanced course will build on your existing knowledge of the use case approach to give you hands-on experience with the latest proven techniques for developing use cases, discovering other types of requirements, and documenting them expertly. Lively lectures combined with insightful demonstrations and realistic practice exercises will equip you with the capability and confidence to improve your project outcomes through better requirements and use case development. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of common requirements and use case pitfalls and challenges, practical approaches for discovering and writing use cases and requirements, and strategies for applying the use case methodology throughout the project life cycle in your organization. If you already know the basics of use cases and you play a role in defining project scope, capturing requirements, or consuming them as a developer, tester, or technical business user, you can’t afford to miss this course.

What’s the one approach proven to significantly enhance the quality of requirements, development, documentation, and testing?
It’s also one of the most straightforward and practical approaches invented to date: use cases. How can one approach make such a difference? Use cases offer a simple mechanism for involving users, developers, testers, and business customers in discussions throughout the lifecycle, starting from the very beginning of project initiation. Developing Requirements with Use Cases shows you multiple techniques to focus your stakeholders on the functionality they desire and shows several ways to firmly delineate what’s in scope and what’s excluded, how to specify what’s required to build the correct solution, and how to demonstrate that the solution is, indeed, viable. No one that works on systems development projects should be without an advanced knowledge of use cases.

In-Class Group Exercises
Practical and realistic hands-on exercises and activities will allow you to refine and enhance your use case discovery and writing skills. Working in small groups, you and your peers will identify and discuss strategies and tactics that your organization should be using to better define project scope, discover requirements, and document and manage use cases.

Specifically, you will:

  • Revisit project initiation to refresh your skills for determining and documenting project scope
  • Review basic requirements elicitation and use case discovery methods
  • Practice additional techniques for discovering actors, events, normal scenarios, and extension scenarios
  • Work as a team to establish the appropriate level of detail for any use case
  • Write complete, fully dressed use cases, as well as usage narratives and use case briefs
  • Identify and write user stories and use them to discover and confirm use cases
  • Produce well written use case diagrams and narratives
  • Learn to identify includes and extends relationships in use cases
  • Understand how use cases are linked for large and/or complex systems
  • Improve your ability to write high-quality statements of requirements
  • Review and practice deriving other requirements from use cases
  • Review traceability issues and apply use case traceability to improve testing and quality
  • Learn how use cases can improve your software testing and QA processes
  • Explore ways to generate test procedures from use cases
  • Understand how design elements can be derived from use cases
  • Generate a plan for bringing these methods back to your organization

Immediate Benefits of Participating in this Workshop:

  1. More deeply understand the relationships between use cases and requirements
  2. See how use cases and user stories fit into the development life cycle
  3. Identify stakeholder interests and learn how they influence use cases
  4. Gain further exposure to the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and some of its associated tools and models
  5. Use high-level scope of an IT project to identify the use cases that comprise it
  6. Improve project initiation by clarifying discussions of scope, increasing stakeholder involvement, and identifying exclusions and constraints up front
  7. Identify use cases for new or revised systems and determine the level of detail appropriate for your project and system
  8. Write clear and correct usage narratives and use case briefs
  9. Determine and document the main success and extension scenarios for use cases
  10. Translate users’ tatements of needed system behavior and functionality into high-quality use cases
  11. Help to bridge the gulf between business customers and designers, developers, and testers
  12. Identify other requirements for a project from a use case, and review how to document those other requirements
  13. Understand includes and extends relationships and how to use them in documenting use cases
  14. Overcome common pitfalls and traps encountered when applying the use case approach
  15. Experience the power of connecting use cases to other types of requirements, elements of the solution development, and the testing and QA processes
  16. Enhance relationships with stakeholders throughout your organization and improve your ability to satisfy stakeholders from both the business and IT
  17. Help your organization understand apply state-of-the-art methods for discovering and documenting project requirements
  18. Understand the connection between use cases and test procedures and the value of automated tools for large and/or complex systems
  19. Shorten project schedules by reducing errors that lead to revision cycles
  20. Reduce project costs and improve their quality by defining the right requirements the right way the first time, every time!