Requirements Engineering

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 285–306

Developing comprehensive acceptance tests from use cases and robustness diagrams

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00766-009-0088-6

Cite this article as:
El-Attar, M. & Miller, J. Requirements Eng (2010) 15: 285. doi:10.1007/s00766-009-0088-6


In agile development processes, the rewards from acceptance testing are maximized by using the practice to drive the development process. Traditionally, User Stories are used in agile projects to describe a system’s usage scenarios and are utilized as a basis for developing acceptance tests. This paper introduces a technique that aims to achieve the benefits of acceptance testing within large-scale development projects that deploy a V-model development process, specifically those that utilize use case models. The approach is based on utilizing a number of artifacts: use case models supported by robustness diagrams and domain models. The feasibility of the proposed approach is demonstrated by applying it to a real-world system—the RestoMapper system. The results show that a comprehensive set of acceptance tests can be developed based upon use case models.


Use cases Acceptance tests Robustness diagrams Domain models 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Information and Computer Science DepartmentKing Fahd University of Petroleum and MineralsDhahranSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.STEAM Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada