AuthorsT. Yue, L. Briand and Y. Labiche
EditorsA. Schürr and B. Selic
TitleA Use Case Modeling Approach to Facilitate the Transition Towards Analysis Models: Concepts and Empirical Evaluation
AfilliationSoftware Engineering, Software Engineering
Publication TypeProceedings, refereed
Year of Publication2009
Conference NameIEEE/ACM MODELS 2009 Proceedings
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg
ISBN Number978-3-642-04424-3

Use case modeling is commonly applied to document requirements. Use case specifications (UCSs) are usually structured, textual documents complying with a certain template. However, because they remain essentially textual, ambiguities are inevitable. In this paper, we propose a new use case modeling approach, which is composed of a set of well-defined restriction rules and a template. The goal is to reduce ambiguity and facilitate automated analysis, though the later point is not addressed in this paper. We also report on a controlled experiment which evaluates the restriction rules and template in terms of their ease of application during use case modeling, and the quality of the analysis models derived from them by trained individuals. Results show that the restriction rules are overall easy to apply and that our use case modeling approach results in significant improvements regarding the correctness of derived class diagrams and the understandability of UCSs.

Citation KeySimula.SE.627