Scenario Types and Their Usage

I use scenarios all the time for anything from designing a user experience to evaluating architecture. Scenario is an overloaded term though. There's lots...

5 Situations for Writing Use Cases

What are five common project situations for writing use cases?  In Writing Effective Use Cases (Agile Software Development Series), Alistair Cockburn identifies five different...

Agile Architecture Method

The Agile Architecture Method is a way to bake quality into the life cycle. It's also an iterative and incremental approach for architecture and design. In its simplest form, it's a way to help you identify potential hot spots against your prioritized scenarios. The hot spots are key engineering decision. The main hot spots are cross-cutting concerns, such as data access, exception management, logging ... etc. and quality attributes, such as security, performance, reliability ... etc.

Shifts of Power

When Ward Cunningham was on our patterns & practices team at Microsoft, he would talk about "shifts of power."  What’s interesting is how requirements...

What’s a Scenario

Photo by Wonderlane What's a scenario?  Not everybody uses the term "scenario" the same way.  In the software industry, there's three common...