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Requirements Engineering

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 252–255 | Cite as

On Abstraction in Scenarios

  • I. Alexander
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Scenarios are ways of representing knowledge. They may take many forms, from films of real events through acted scenes to documented procedures. These forms differ in many ways, including how vivid or abstract they are, how accessible they are as specifications, and how effective they are in helping to elicit requirements. Scenarios, especially as Use Cases, are in use or proposed for many aspects of systems engineering. Understanding of the different forms scenarios may take, and then of the costs and benefits of applying these forms in practice, may be valuable.

Key words:Abstraction – Requirements elicitation – Scenarios – Use cases – Vivid scenarios 

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Alexander
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  1. 1.Independent Consultant

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