Increasing the Quality of Use Case Definition Through a Design Thinking Collaborative Method and an Alternative Hybrid Documentation Style

  • Alexandra MatzEmail author
  • Panagiotis Germanakos
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9753)


Use cases are a critical milestone in the User Centered Design process referring to a list of action steps that define an interaction between two entities sharing a common goal. They express a structural representation of a usage scenario aiming to generate highly usable prototypes and user interfaces of a system or application. However, today, use cases are often not sufficiently created and documented, or they are not in the expected quality. The lack of a step-by-step collaborative approach towards the composition of more inclusive and readable use cases create unnecessary iterations increasing the cost, time, and resources utilization in an organization. Hence, in this paper we propose a Design Thinking collaborative method based on an alternative hybrid use case documentation style that enhances active participation and learning across team members. We emphasize on the methodology and tool and we present the benefits as those extracted from real-life business scenarios.


User centered design User experience Collaborative learning Use cases Design thinking User interfaces User research 



We would like to thank our colleagues Mandana Samii and Timo Bess for the visual enhancements of the proposed use case definition style, our managers Matthias Berger and Joerg Roesbach for their support and allocation of resources as well as all the product organizations, teams (especially the Suite Engineering UX team), customers and individuals in SAP, who have participated in the usability tests and provided their constructive comments and valuable suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.User Experience, Products & Innovation ICDSAP SEWalldorfGermany

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