Use Case Analysis with Narrative Semiotics

S. Marsen, Robert Biddle, James Noble

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Use cases are the accepted contemporary vehicle for the capture, collection and management of functional requirements for information systems and networked e- and m- commerce environments .While employed widely, use cases lack a critical theoretical foundation. As a result, the applications of use cases vary greatly in practice. We present an analysis of use cases based on the narrative semiotics of Greimas and the narratology of Propp. Our analysis illustrates how these techniques can expose common weaknesses and implicit assumptions latent within use case texts, and can provide a principled basis for the systematic review and evaluation of use cases within information systems development methodologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2003)
EditorsJaven Ang, Shirlee-Ann Knight
Place of PublicationJoondalup, W.A
PublisherWe-B Centre
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780729805445
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventAustralasian Conference on Information Systems - Perth
Duration: 26 Nov 200328 Nov 2003


ConferenceAustralasian Conference on Information Systems

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    Marsen, S., Biddle, R., & Noble, J. (2003). Use Case Analysis with Narrative Semiotics. In J. Ang, & S-A. Knight (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2003) (pp. 1.1-1.8). Joondalup, W.A: We-B Centre.