Re: "use-case based documentation"

Subject: Re: "use-case based documentation"
From: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Margaret Cekis <Margaret -dot- Cekis -at- comcast -dot- net>, 'Julie Stickler' <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>, 'Technical Writing' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 18:33:22 +0000 (UTC)

"
Since we don't have use cases, design documents, or even what I'd call
proper user stories..."
Ye gods and devils, how the bleep do the developers work? Post-it notes on top of a whiteboard diagram? (I've actually seen that. The entire design guidance was a flow chart drawn on the wall, and whenever someone thought of some nuance, they'd either write something under a node or they'd stick written notes to the diagram. As you can probably guess, documentation was not a high priority with that bunch.)


On Thursday, February 5, 2015 12:10 PM, Margaret Cekis <Margaret -dot- Cekis -at- comcast -dot- net> wrote:


Use cases alone are not sufficient to necessarily build a robust product. I
worked for a tech startup that was building an internet platform for a TV
commercial marketplace. After two years work based on very detailed use
cases and personas for advertisers, and network, and TV station salespeople,
they had a product that looked great and impressed everyone. However, it
broke down whenever a low transaction threshold (about a dozen simultaneous
transactions) was exceeded. They then went back to the drawing board and
created the specifications to handle a much higher volume (like thousands)
of simultaneous transactions, and rebuilt a much more robust system.
Margaret Cekis, Johns Creek GA




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