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Describing Business Processes with Use Cases

Jerzy Nawrocki, Tomasz Nędza, Mirosław Ochodek, and Łukasz Olek (2006)

In: Proceedings of the Business Information Systems Conference, ed. by Abramowicz, Witold, vol. P-85, pp. 13-27, Koellen Druck+Verlag. Lecture Notes in Informatics.

Business processes can be described with diagrams, e.g. BPMN diagrams, or as text. Use cases are a text-based notation. They are semiformal: a business process is expressed as a sequence of steps and each step is presented in a natural language. In the paper an experiment is described that aimed at comparison of diagram-based and text-based notation. Moreover, we describe some extensions to use cases which we have found interesting when working on description of business models based on use cases. Those extensions, among others, allow to describe actor metamorphosis and specify steps which must be performed before the main scenario is executed. The ideas described in the paper have been incorporated into UC Workbench – a tool supporting editing and animation of use-case-based models.

use cases, mockup, bpm, bpmn

This work has been financially supported by the Poznan University of Technology under a research grant BW 91/06

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