How to Elaborate Requirements Through Use Cases and User Stories

Use cases and user stories are both excellent techniques for understanding what a user needs from a product. While both have a similar purpose, use cases and user stories are not meant to be used interchangeably. That is why it’s important for a business analyst to understand the difference.

The older of the two techniques is the use case, which captures usage scenarios. In other words, a use case documents how an individual uses a product to accomplish something of value. This technique works well for projects where functional requirements and usage scenarios must be – and can be – specified upfront. However, what if you can’t know the requirements upfront?

In a user story, the user and what they need the product to accomplish is also specified, but in contrast to use cases, at a much higher level.

Recognizing which technique is best suited to your situation is the key.

In this webinar you will learn to:

  • Determine when to apply use cases and user stories to define stakeholder requirements.
  • Elaborate use cases through scenarios.
  • Augment use cases and user stories with diagrams and visuals for better communication

About the presenter: Dr. Martin Schedlbauer, Ph.D., CBAP, OCUP, is a Senior Trainer and Consultant for Corporate Education Group. Martin has been leading and authoring seminars and workshops in business analysis, software engineering, and project management for over twenty years. An accomplished business analysis subject matter expert, Martin is a recognized leader in software development practices, a practicing scrum master, experienced software architect, and also serves as an advisor for several industry conferences; additionally, Martin maintains an active research agenda in agile methods, requirements analysis, and human performance modeling.

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