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actor v/s stakeholder

ankur rathi
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Can any tell me the difference b/w actor and stakeholder in context of use case ...

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Stan James
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Actors interact with the system. They might be humans sitting at the computer or other systems calling APIs or being called via APIs.

Stakeholders have some interest in the system. They include the users and many others, eg company officers who invest in a system to improve their business processes but never sign on the system themselves. I'd also include partners you'll need to get the system built and installed, like the network and production support folks.


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ankur rathi
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Thank you very much Stan ,

Stakeholders are just related to system but they don't directly act ( beheave ) with system ...

actors are always stakeholders but stakeholders are not always actor ...

is it right ?

Thanks .
[ April 13, 2005: Message edited by: rathi ji ]
Stan James
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Yes, I'd buy that. I went to the dictionary for stake (not stack ) and found I had forgotten the gambling aspect of the word

The last definitions were the ones I was after, but investing in software development is a gamble, too.

The XP folks play word neat games with two stakeholder roles: the "Goal Doner" who wants the system and knows what he wants, and the "Gold Owner" who pays for it.
[ April 12, 2005: Message edited by: Stan James ]
 
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