Use Cases

Subject: Use Cases
From: "Kelly Williamson" <kwcwtech -at- iwaynet -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 17:34:12 -0400

Can anyone provide me with an example of a use case that has actually WORKED
(read: was useful) in Real Life? We have some use cases that were developed
for us, and I, as well as the programmer, am just not finding them useful
whatsoever. The programmer is saying that there is info. in there that
shouldn't be (such as "the user clicks the "Submit" button to submit the
information"--he's saying that's going into the screen design. The use cases
are also spelling out exactly what the error messages should say and he
doesn't like that either.)
The person doing the use cases is saying she's "going right by the book". I
have no formal training in RUP, unfortunately, and the use cases I've seen
seem like a big waste of time--I'm just not seeing the value in them. So I
thought if I could see a useful one, I might be able to get a better idea of
what a good one looks like. Alternatively, I could send one of ours to
someone experienced in this area and see what you think.

Any help on this topic is appreciated. We really have to make this project
work, and this is a sticking point thus far.

kwcwtech -at- iwaynet -dot- net

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