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Looking for Use Case templates for word

 
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Hello,

I have been given the responsibility of finding a template for documenting use cases in Word. What we are looking for is a template that more of less follows the fully dressed use case template presented in Craig Larman's book Applying UML and Patterns.

However, we need the template to be easy to use and to contain full referencing between the basic flow and the alternative flows. By this I mean that if you add a step to the basic flow, the number sequences in the alternative flows automatically update.

Unfortunetaley, none of use know how to use Word to create such a template. Do any exist on the web? I went looking for a template on Craig Larman's website and could not find one.

Or, are there any tools that make creating use cases nice and simple?
 
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Once i found a very good template developed by US militory on web.
 
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After searching the web for the last several hours, I have come to the realization that such a template does not exist. Nor are there any tools out there that automate the process of creating use cases. By automation I do not mean the act of gathering requirements, but merely the act of laying out and formating the above mentioned requirements.

With the structure of a use case, I am surprised that someone has not created an xml format for them and a tool that allows you to fill in the appropriate text and then formats the whole thing into a Word or HMTL document (probably the latter).

Back to struggling with Word I guess. Is that what most people use for writing use cases?
 
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Originally posted by Chris Johnston:
After searching the web for the last several hours, I have come to the realization that such a template does not exist. Nor are there any tools out there that automate the process of creating use cases. By automation I do not mean the act of gathering requirements, but merely the act of laying out and formating the above mentioned requirements.

With the structure of a use case, I am surprised that someone has not created an xml format for them and a tool that allows you to fill in the appropriate text and then formats the whole thing into a Word or HMTL document (probably the latter).

Back to struggling with Word I guess. Is that what most people use for writing use cases?


google "JBI use case"
 
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I'd try Alistair Cockburn's site http://alistair.cockburn.us/ His book Writing Effective Use Cases has a couple templates for different levels of ceremony and the site might have them. He also has some great thoughts about levels of detail from clouds and kites to sea-level, fish and clams.

Caliber RM (Borland?) gathers requirements into a database and then formats them into generated use cases and use case catalog. This seems quite backwards to me as we treat writing use cases as our primary requirement discovery activity.

Rational (IBM) RequisitePro also keeps your use case document and requirements database in sync. I usually cry when I use it cause it is so slow.

I'm not sure why writing XML would be easier than writing a Word Doc. I'd vote to keep use cases fairly informal and natural to read and write. Read up on how the agile folks use stories ... I'd like to produce use cases at the end of our process instead of the beginning as a collection of notes on the stories. (Not producing them at all is not an option ... we have people who want to hold them.)
 
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For future reference use the import feature. Word does not support use case diagrams out of the box. Creating in word is hard. MS tool to create use case is Viso, which is expensive and not a really good idea if you are only looking to draw use case diagrams. My suggestion is to use Dia, a free open source solution that works on all major platforms. Use this diagram community to find use case templates drawn by professionals.
 
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You must try to use and see different diagram communities where you can use to draw our preferred use cases.
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