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New Post 6/15/2016 1:54 PM
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How Long Does It Take You to Write a Good Use Case 

Hi - in a meeting, I gave 40 hours as a "rule of thumb" to write a good use case (including workshop to walk through process and gathering approvals).  

What is your average for doing this work?  

Thank you!!

 
New Post 6/16/2016 2:21 PM
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Re: How Long Does It Take You to Write a Good Use Case 
Modified By NitWitNick  on 6/16/2016 3:46:44 PM)

"I gave 40 hours"

 Depends on what the system is doing ... Drawing Pictures for the list of actions or event steps the Actor will do to achieve a goal.

 Simple ... a Few Minutes:

Register at school for a class .....

login

Search Classes

Register For a Class

Pay fees

Get receipt

Attend Class

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Complex Car Rental ... Maybe a Day or More .....

Login

Register

Search For Nearest Rental Center

Search For Car

Select Car

Reserve Car For a Date and Time

Select Options - GPS, Satellite Radio, etc.

Buy Insurance

Pay For Car

Will Customer Pick Up Car Or Be Delivered To Them

Send Receipt To Renter

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And ... Is That 40 Hours You Gave Considered a Work Week or Project Time ?

Many of the projects I've been on use about 85% Working Project time during the day ... you have meetings, phone calls, lunch, BSing with friends, maybe a broken computer, etc. that will take away from your actual project work time.

So, the actual 40 hours you specified could actually be 1 whole week plus some of the following week to get 40 hours ... then the managers want to know why you are behind schedule ...

Or you say 40 hours and they finish in 1 day and start goofing off ... then the managers want to know why your estimation is way off ...  so, be clear.

 

Be careful estimating hours ... I'll usually go to the person or team going to do the work, let them see what has to be done, get an estimate from them and then add some buffer-space ... hand it to your manager with a smile ... be prepared to get questioned and be told to do it in less time and money.

 

And remember ... keep your resume updated.

 

 

 

 
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