Who Will Use This and Why? User Stories and Use Cases


User stories and use cases help focus any development project on those who stand to benefit, i.e. the project’s stakeholders, and can guard simultaneously against insufficient planning and software bloat. And the concepts, though most often thought of with respect to large-scale projects, apply in all circumstances, from the smallest feature request to an existing system to the redesign of a complex system.

Author Biography

Kevin M Ford, Library of Congress

Librarian, Linked Data Applications Specialist

Library of Congress


Kurt Bittner and Ian Spence, Use Case Modeling (Boston: Addison-Wesley, 2003). Also useful: Alistair Cockburn, Writing Effective Use Cases (Boston: Addison-Wesley, 2001).

"Use Case 3.4: Authority tool for more accurate data entry," Linked Data for Libraries (LD4L), accessed March 1, 2019, https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/ld4l/Use+Case+3.4%3A+Authority+tool+for+more+accurate+data+entry.

How to Cite
Ford, K. M. (2019). Who Will Use This and Why? User Stories and Use Cases. Information Technology and Libraries, 38(1), 5-7. https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v38i1.10979