Use case diagram
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A use case diagram is a graphical depiction of a user's possible interactions with a system. A use case diagram shows various use cases and different types of users the system has and will often be accompanied by other types of diagrams as well. The use cases are represented by either circles or ellipses. The actors are often shown as stick figures.
While a use case itself might drill into a lot of detail about every possibility, a use-case diagram can help provide a higher-level view of the system. It has been said before that "Use case diagrams are the blueprints for your system".
Due to their simplistic nature, use case diagrams can be a good communication tool for stakeholders. The drawings attempt to mimic the real world and provide a view for the stakeholder to understand how the system is going to be designed. Siau and Lee conducted research to determine if there was a valid situation for use case diagrams at all or if they were unnecessary. What was found was that the use case diagrams conveyed the intent of the system in a more simplified manner to stakeholders and that they were "interpreted more completely than class diagrams".
The purpose of a use case diagram is to capture the dynamic aspect of a system. They provide a simplified graphical representation of what the system should do in a use case. Further diagrams and documentation are needed for a complete functional and technical outlook on the system.
- Agile software development
- Business case
- Fundamental modeling concepts
- Object Process Methodology
- Unified Modeling Language
- User story
- McLaughlin et al, 2006, page 297
- Siau & Lee, 2004, page 234
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