Lean Business Use Cases in an Agile World
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Lean Business Use Cases in an Agile World

Lean Use Cases are becoming the de facto standard for communicating functional requirements in Lean and Agile environments. Writing a Business Use Case is a skill that anyone in an organization can easily acquire. This example-rich course explains the who, what, when, how, and why of Lean Use Case models.

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Course Goal

  • Determine how to handle alternate and exception situations
  • Apply Business Event Analysis to discover Lean Use Cases based on business activities
  • Analyze business scenarios to discover Lean Use Cases
  • Document user interaction in Lean Use Cases descriptions and diagrams
  • Define and defend the need for Lean Use Cases

Audience

  • Consultants
  • Developers
  • End users
  • IT/Business analysts
  • Project Managers
  • Project team members

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Lesson Plan

2
What You Will Learn in this Course
3
About Your Instructor

4
What You Will Learn in this Section
5
What is a Use Case?
6
A (Very) Brief History of Lean Concepts
7
Lean and Agile: Philosophies that Play Well Together
8
Lean Requirements Defined
9
Use Case vs User Story
10
Lean Principles Applied to Use Cases
11
The Value of Lean Use Cases

12
What You Will Learn in this Section
13
The Use Case Model
14
Actors Are Integral to Use Cases
15
Use Case Diagram Symbols and Rules
16
Use Case Naming Recommendations
17
Different Use Case Types for Different Decisions
18
Business Use Cases Need Briefs
19
Examples of Use Case Briefs

20
What You Will Learn in this Section
21
The Purpose of Solution-Level (Detailed) Use Cases
22
The Components of a Detailed Use Case
23
A Detailed Use Case has Pre- and Post-Conditions
24
Paths (or Flow of Events) Are the Meat of the Use Case
25
How to Represent a Path or Flow of Events
26
3 Different Types of Paths: Main (aka Standard, Basic), Alternate, and Exception
27
Dealing with IF'S (Conditions) in a Use Case
28
Examples of Main, Alternative, and Exception Paths
29
Finding and Developing Alternative and Exception Paths
30
System Use Cases to Communicate with Technical Experts
31
The Role of Non-Functional Requirements in Use Cases
32
Recap of the Detailed Use Case

33
What You Will Learn in this Section
34
Introducing Use Case Inclusions and Extensions
35
Avoid Redundant Use Cases with Inclusions
36
Understanding Use Case Extensions
37
Summary of Extensions and Inclusions

38
What You Will Learn in this Section
39
3 Tools for Discovering Use Cases
40
Tool 1: From Vision Statement to Use Case
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Example: From Vision Statement to Use Cases
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Tool 2: From Business Events to Use Cases
43
The Purpose of Event/Response Analysis
44
Types of Events
45
Discovering and Naming Business Events
46
Business Events Trigger Use Cases
47
Determining Event Response Recipients
48
Use Cases Handle Events at Every Level
49
Discovering Event Responses
50
From Event Response to Use Case Identification
51
Identifying Actors from Events and/or Responses
52
Dealing with Scheduled Events
53
Tool 3: Using Scenarios - A Bottom-Up Approach
54
Add Scenarios to Reveal Different Paths

55
Summary of Lean Use Cases
56
Course Handout - PDF

Instructor

Tom Hathaway

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Tom Hathaway

Business Analysis Expert, Speaker, Author, Trainer, Mentor, and Facilitator

Tom has been a business analyst since long before it was called business analysis. He has over 30 years of experience in the fields of information technology, methodologies, and business analysis. In his writings and lectures, he strives for enlightening while entertaining.  He has taught thousands of students business and systems analysis skills since the '80s and has facilitated hundreds of requirements discovery sessions under a variety of acronyms (JAD, ASAP, JADr, JRP, etc). 

As a team, Angela and Tom Hathaway have trained, consulted, mentored and coached thousands of business analysts around the world for organizations from small businesses to Fortune 100. Current and past customers include TIAA-CREF (Financial), Cathay Pacific (Airline), Manitoba Telecom Services (Telecommunications), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Hospitality), government agencies, and a myriad of organizations spanning all sizes and industries. Tom and Angela's training, consulting, and mentoring efforts have saved their customers around the world millions and can help your organization improve its business analysis practices.


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