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The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Observatory is of immense global consequence, with a mission to build and operate cutting edge radio telescopes that will transform our understanding of the universe. They are doing this by building an unprecedented number of receivers across multiple continents. The SKA is designed to observe radio emissions such as those radiating from neutral Hydrogen. Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe, spanning our planetary neighbours all the way out to the very early beginnings of our universe but is invisible at optical wavelengths. Studying its...

Image of the NS (Dutch Railways) corporate logo.  Provides access to an IJI case study explaining how IJI helped NS (Dutch Railways) utilize case cases and use case slices to help make their development endeavours more agile.

Like many passenger railway services around the globe, the NS is continuously and actively engaged in improving its passenger-related performance. It has a punctuality rating of nearly 95%, and three quarters of its customers award a mark 7 or better (out of 10) for general customer satisfaction. Business to employee technology plays an important part in ensuring a good customer experience. At NS, over 10,000 front-line employees access a device called the Railpocket to help them deliver services, such as ticket validation and trip or station updates. However, in 2014, after assessing...

Dr Ivar Jacobson talks about Use Cases in Agile Development - Podcast

Key Takeaways Use Case 2.0 expand on the ideas embodied in user stories Some up-front design is needed in all software development projects For any product you need the skeleton system that has the key requirements embodied in it early on Any system should be able to be represented by between 10 and 20 key use cases

Features or Use Cases for Agile Development?

In this first of a new series of blog articles, author Roly Stimson discusses how Use-Case slices are a simple but powerful technique to identify and prioritize small increments of releasable value and how these can be split (if and when needed) into smaller items that you can independently prioritize, schedule, build, test and demonstrate.

Use Cases and Agile Software at Nederlandse Spoorwegen / Dutch Railways

Delivering More Value to the Business at Dutch Railways (NS) Author: Jordi Reinema   With 16.8 million inhabitants living within an area of 41,543 square kilometres (equivalent to approximately the size of the State of Maryland), the Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in Western Europe. It’s no wonder that travel by rail, because of proximity and ease of use, has become a preferred mode of transportation. Nederlandse Spoorwegen / Dutch Railways (NS) is the principal passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. It operates over 4,800...

Use Cases Logo.  Provides access to an IJI case study explaining how IJI helped a Major USA Bank to Transform a Highly Regulated Environment.

In this article I base my observations and opinions on my experience of applying the Use Case 2.0 Practice and Behavior Driven Development’s Gherkin language, within an online products division of a major US Bank that is undergoing an Agile transformation. “I’m not dead yet,” Is a classic line from the movies that Monty Python fans will instantly recognize. I start with this because I could win a lot of money betting on the response from Agile practitioners when I tell them I am using Use Cases in an Agile environment to great benefit. “Use Cases? They’re dead and buried!” “That’s RUP! (Rational Unified Process). They aren’t agile.” “What are you thinking? Use Cases are dinosaurs.” “You should know better, Bernie.” Rarely, I get a response from an experienced coach who will not poke fun, but seek the powerful questions such as, “Now why do you think that’s a good idea?”, and a valuable conversation ensues.

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Use-Case 2.0 brings together the lightness of user stories with the power of modeling, into a single agile requirements management framework. Learn how to quickly and simply build a use-case model, and prepare use cases in an agile fashion. This online eLearning course will equip learners with the skills and techniques necessary to effectively elicit, communicate, and manage their requirements using use cases.

Using Use Cases and Scrum Together

In the second of this Use Cases in Practice series of blog articles, author Roly Stimson discusses how a use case model provides a simple, big, visible picture that provides critical value context, which represents a powerful tool that can be used as part of Scrum sprint reviews to ensure that the team and the stakeholders reflect meaningfully on what has been achieved in the context of the overall solution goals and value, and adjust future work objectives, priorities and plans accordingly.

Agile Features and Use Cases for software development

In this first of a new series of blog articles, author Roly Stimson discusses how Use-Case slices are a simple but powerful technique to identify and prioritize small increments of releasable value and how these can be split (if and when needed) into smaller items that you can independently prioritize, schedule, build, test and demonstrate.

Use Case 2.0 and Agile Software development - Ivar Jacobson

Use-Case adoption is growing again: In this interview 'Use Cases and its role in Agile Software Development' by Blueprint Systems, Dr. Ivar Jacobson explains how Use-Case 2.0 includes everything important about user stories, but offer significantly more for larger systems, larger teams, and more complex and demanding development projects than user stories alone. They are as lightweight as user stories but can also scale in a smooth and structured way to incorporate as much detail as needed. Most importantly, they drive and connect many other aspects of software development.

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