Re: When a Use Case in no longer a Use Case

Subject: Re: When a Use Case in no longer a Use Case
From: Thom Randolph <thom -at- tctrandolph -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 08 Mar 2002 10:47:16 -0800

It sounds like everyone currently knows them as Use Cases, and since there doesn't seem to be anything _missing_ from the Use Case portion, how about calling them "Use Case and Design" documents? Remember, even after adding whipped cream on top of chocolate cake, it's still chocolate cake. Mmmmmm.....Chocolate!

Using a term that doesn't include "use case" is doing everyone a small disservice, and will likely be resisted. UML and Use Cases have been slow to catch on, and designing systems using them is somewhat a badge of honor for systems designers. "Use Case" is just the latest incarnation of what has previously been called "customer requirements analysis" and "scenario-based design". Your clients want to use the current buzzword so they can feel they're doing it the right way. Taking away that mark of industry "leadership" is going to bruise everyone's egos and resumes. That's not a prohibition against the change, just beware of what is really behind their resistance.


At 12:21 PM 3/8/2002 -0500, you wrote:

I would like to stop calling them Use Cases....

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