Criteria: Use Cases to Support

Every product has a set of use cases (usage scenarios, applications, missions) that it is designed to support or enable.  Obviously, a product that addressed more user needs and the needs of more users will find a larger number of customers who are willing to pay for it.

Consider the following criteria when prioritizing the use cases that your product will support:

Use Cases to Support - Criteria

Use Cases to Support – Criteria

You should set a specific Threshold value (your “line in the sand” or walkaway point) for each factor.  You should also identify your Objective or realistic “Ideal” value, the best you can hope for out of any real-world alternatives.  Once you’ve identified these values, set the relative importance of the criteria by dragging them into the appropriate priority bands.  Then you are ready to use the Decision Analysis Tool (DAT) to evaluate your alternatives.

Our Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) includes a Roadmap view that displays the alternatives for any decision on a time scale.  Once you have prioritized your use cases by scoring them in the canvas, just set the start dates on the high value use cases.  Presto – you have the start of a Product Roadmap that can then be enriched as you work through additional design decisions (Feature Set, Product Architecture, etc.).

Prioritize the use cases your product will support in the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF). Start your free trial today by contacting the Decision Driven® Solutions team at or


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