Rational Software Announces New Hands-on Book to Help Teams Improve Software Development through Better Requirements Management

8/20/2002 - Rational Software announced the availability of "Use Case Modeling," a new book written by Rational's Kurt Bittner and Ian Spence that provides customers with real-life guidance and examples of how to write use cases and build effective use case models. Kurt Bittner, director of requirements management solutions, teamed with Rational senior consultant Ian Spence to write the industry's first book exploring use case modeling and writing use case descriptions in a hands-on style.

Through the book's step-by-step approach to use case modeling, Rational is helping to ease user adoption as this methodology becomes an increasingly popular way for developers to identify, clarify and organize system requirements.

"Use Case Modeling," published by Addison Wesley, incorporates the experience of the authors and their colleagues at Rational Software who have employed use cases as a technique for capturing and communicating software requirements. It features a foreword written by Dr. Ivar Jacobson, Rational's vice president of process strategy, one of the software industry's most distinguished thought leaders and the originator of the use case modeling approach.

"Kurt and Ian have many years of experience working with use cases, and they both possess a deep understanding of the success that development teams can achieve by leveraging the full power of use case modeling," said Jacobson. "Prior to this book there has not been a hands-on guide to helping developers ease adoption of the use case modeling approach."

"Use cases are a simple and powerful technique for capturing and communicating requirements and have been growing in popularity. However, the potential of use cases has remained largely untapped due to a lack of accessible information as to how to best implement a use case modeling approach," said Bittner. "With this book, we've sought to address the market demand for more information by providing readers a comprehensive, yet practical guide to identifying and writing use cases."

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Rational Software provides a software development platform that improves the speed, quality, and predictability of software projects. This integrated, full lifecycle solution combines software engineering best practices, market-leading tools, and professional services. Ninety-eight of the Fortune 100 rely on Rational tools and services to build better software, faster. This open platform is extended by partners who provide more than 500 complementary products and services. Founded in 1981, Rational is one of the world's largest software companies, with revenues of $666.4 million in its twelve months ended June 30, 2002, and over 3,500 employees worldwide. Rational is a member of the S&P 500 Index and a component of the Nasdaq-100 Index®.

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