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How do you identify your list of use case actors?

Posted by Chris Adams

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An actor is someone or something that interacts with the system by sending or receiving messages or information to and from the system. Primary actors initiate the interaction with the system. Secondary actors do not initiate the interaction with the system but participate in one or more use cases of the system, often providing information back to the system.
Use case actors can be identified by asking a number of questions:
  • Who will use the system to perform their normal daily work?
  • Who will maintain, administer, or configure the system?
  • Who will use the output, information, or reports from the system?
  • What systems or services will require information from the system?
  • What systems or services will provide information to the system?
  • What other applications need to interact with the system?

Your turn: What method do you use to identify the actors in your use case diagram?



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