Use Cases and Use Case Diagrams - University of Hawaii
Use Case Analysis Chapter 6 1 Key Ideas Use cases are a text-based method of describing and documenting complex processes Use cases add detail to the requirements
outlined in the requirement definition Systems analysts work with users to develop use cases Systems analysts develop process and data models later based on the use cases 2 Use Cases
3 Roles of Use Cases A use case is a set of activities that produce some output result Describes how the system reacts to an event that triggers the system Trigger -- event that causes the use case to be executed Event-driven modeling everything in
the system is a response to some triggering event 4 Modeling Use Cases Complete piece of functionality Main flow/Main success scenario Subflows Exensions/Alternate flows
5 Role of Use Cases All possible responses to the event are documented Use cases are helpful when the situation is complicated 6
Sample Format for a Written Use Case Title descriptive name, matches name in use case diagram Primary actor usually a user role Stakeholders any group or individual with an interest in the function of the use case Precondition conditions that must be satisfied in order to execute the use case
7 Sample Format for a Written Use Case - 2 Minimal guarantee/Postcondition outputs that can be expected if the service attempt failed Success guarantee/Postcondition outputs that can be expected if the service succeeds
Trigger an event or action that initiates the use case Main success scenario description of sequence of interactions between actor and use case during the use case execution Extensions detailed description of how errors are dealt with 8 A sample
written use case 9 Building Use Cases 10 Step 1:
Identify the major use cases Activities Start a use case form for each use case If more than nine, group into packages 11 Typical Questions Asked
Ask who, what, and where about the tasks and their inputs and outputs: What are the major tasks performed? What triggers this task? What tells you to perform this task? What information/forms/reports do you need to perform this task? Who gives you these information/forms/reports? What information/forms/reports does this produce and where do they go?
Sample List of Events-Actions Based on Requirements Definition 12 Step 2: Identify the major steps within each use case Activities For each use case, fill
in the major steps needed to process the inputs and produce the outputs 13 Typical Questions Asked Ask how about each use case: How do you produce this report?
How do you change the information on the report? How do you process forms? What tools do you use to do this step (e.g., on paper, by email, by phone)? Step 3: Identify elements within steps Activities For each step, identify its triggers and its
inputs and outputs 14 Typical Questions Asked Ask how about each step How does the person know when to perform this step? What forms/reports/data does this step produce? What forms/reports/data does this step need?
What happens when this form/report/data is not available? Step 4: Confirm the use case Activities Typical Questions Asked For each use case,
Ask the user to execute the process using the validate that it is correct written steps in the use case that is, have the and complete user role-play the use case 15 Interim Summary Use cases contain all the information needed for process
modeling, but are easier for users to comprehend Use cases are created in an iterative cycle of steps until they are considered accurate and complete 16 Exercise: Use Cases Describe one major use case from your team project (try to find the most
important one) using the template provided (based on Fig. 6-4 on pg. 174). 17 The Four Basic UML Diagrams 18
USE CASE DIAGRAM 19 Use Case Diagram Concepts Summarizes all use cases (for the part of the system being modeled) together in one picture Typically drawn early in the SDLC Shows the associations between
actors and use cases 20 Use Case Diagram for Appointment System 21 Syntax for Use Case Diagram
22 Use Case Diagram for Specialized Actor 23 Extends and Includes Associations 24
Steps in Creating the Use Case Diagram 1. Identify Use Cases 2. Draw the system boundary 3. Place Use Cases on the diagram Group Use Cases into packages Add special Use Case associations 4. Identify the actors 5. Add associations
25 Exercise: Use Cases in UML Choose at least 5 functional requirements for your team project. Draw a use case diagram similar to Fig. 6-9 on P. 181 that represents these requirements as use cases, along with the appropriate actors.
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