Hi Lyle.

> Based on the editorial reviews at Amazon.com, Alistair Cockburn's book
> ("Writing Effective Use Cases") sounds pretty good, but then again,
> the purpose of those editorial reviews is to make your book sound
> pretty good. ;) Would like to hear recommendations from anyone who's
> used such a book to get a handle on the proper care and feeding of use
> cases, and seen improvements in their requirements modeling as a
> result. Let me reiterate that I'm looking for a book that leans more
> towards practical application and less towards an academic treatment
> of the subject.

Well, you named it. I read the book and it is wonderful. It is exactly 
the thing you are looking for. You mention Andy and Dave as a quality 
reference. I would put Mr. Cockburn right on the same level. A lot of 
his writing is very good.

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Sascha Ebach