Domain Storytelling: A Collaborative, Visual, and Agile Way to Build Domain-Driven Software

Book description

Build Better Business Software by Telling and Visualizing Stories

"From a story to working software--this book helps you to get to the essence of what to build. Highly recommended!"

--Oliver Drotbohm

Storytelling is at the heart of human communication--why not use it to overcome costly misunderstandings when designing software? By telling and visualizing stories, domain experts and team members make business processes and domain knowledge tangible. Domain Storytelling enables everyone to understand the relevant people, activities, and work items. With this guide, the method's inventors explain how domain experts and teams can work together to capture insights with simple pictographs, show their work, solicit feedback, and get everyone on the same page.

Stefan Hofer and Henning Schwentner introduce the methods easy pictographic language, scenario-based modeling techniques, workshop format, and relationship to other modeling methods. Using step-by-step case studies, they guide you through solving many common problems:

  • Fully align all project participants and stakeholders, both technical and business-focused

  • Master a simple set of symbols and rules for modeling any process or workflow

  • Use workshop-based collaborative modeling to find better solutions faster

  • Draw clear boundaries to organize your domain, software, and teams

  • Transform domain knowledge into requirements, embedded naturally into an agile process

  • Move your models from diagrams and sticky notes to code

  • Gain better visibility into your IT landscape so you can consolidate or optimize it

This guide is for everyone who wants more effective software--from developers, architects, and team leads to the domain experts, product owners, and executives who rely on it every day.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. About This eBook
  3. Halftitle Page
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright Page
  6. Dedication Page
  7. Contents
  8. Domain Stories
  9. Series Editor Foreword
  10. Foreword
  11. Preface
    1. Who Should Read This Book
    2. This Book in the Software Development Landscape
    3. What This Book Covers
    4. Conventions
    5. Legend for “Opening Stories”
    6. Supplementary Materials
    7. About the Cover
  12. Acknowledgments
  13. About the Authors
  14. Part I. Domain Storytelling Explained
    1. Chapter 1. Introduction
      1. What Is Domain Storytelling?
      2. Your First Domain Story
    2. Chapter 2. The Pictographic Language
      1. Actors
      2. Work Objects
      3. Activities
      4. Sequence Numbers
      5. Annotations
      6. Modeling Canvas
      7. Groups
      8. Colors
      9. No Conditionals
      10. Putting It All Together
      11. A Grammar for Domain Stories
      12. Good Language Style
    3. Chapter 3. Scenario-Based Modeling
      1. What Are Scenarios?
      2. Scenarios in Domain Storytelling
      3. Concrete Examples as Scenarios
      4. Keeping an Overview
    4. Chapter 4. Scope
      1. Granularity
      2. Point in Time (As-Is vs. To-Be)
      3. Domain Purity (Pure vs. Digitalized)
      4. Combining the Scope Factors: A Typical Journey
    5. Chapter 5. Modeling Tools
      1. Modeling on Paper or Boards
      2. Modeling with Software Tools
      3. Choosing a Tool
    6. Chapter 6. The Workshop Format
      1. Before the Workshop
      2. The Workshop
      3. After the Workshop
      4. To-Be Workshops
      5. Remote Workshops
      6. The Moderator
      7. The Modeler as Separate Role
      8. Moderated Mode vs. Co-Op Mode
    7. Chapter 7. Relationship to Other Modeling Methods
      1. Domain-Driven Design
      2. EventStorming
      3. User Story Mapping
      4. Example Mapping
      5. Storystorming
      6. Use Cases
      7. UML
      8. BPMN
      9. Summary
  15. Part II. Using and Adapting Domain Storytelling for Different Purposes
    1. Chapter 8. Case Study—Alphorn Auto Leasing Inc.
      1. Explore Alphorn—The Domain as a Whole
      2. Drill Down into Risk Assessment—Understanding an Important Subdomain
      3. Clear Up Risk Assessment—Avoid Technical Jargon
      4. Optimize Risk Assessment—The To-Be Process
      5. Introduce New Software—Combine Business Processes with IT Support
      6. Summary
    2. Chapter 9. Learning Domain Language
      1. Speaking and Listening to Understand Each Other
      2. Organizations Speak Many Domain Languages
      3. Using Natural Languages
      4. Lost in Translation
      5. What to Read Next?
    3. Chapter 10. Finding Boundaries
      1. The Joy of Multiple Models
      2. A Heuristic for Finding Subdomains
      3. From Subdomains to Bounded Contexts
      4. From Context Boundaries to Team Boundaries
      5. What to Read Next?
    4. Chapter 11. Working with Requirements
      1. Software Development as a Series of Conversations
      2. From Domain Stories to Requirements
      3. Adapt the Recipe
      4. Limitations
      5. What to Read Next?
    5. Chapter 12. Modeling in Code
      1. From Domain Stories to Domain Model
      2. Implementing the Domain Model
      3. What to Read Next?
    6. Chapter 13. Supporting Organizational Change
      1. Changing People’s Workflows
      2. Digitalizing Work
      3. What to Read Next?
    7. Chapter 14. Deciding Make or Buy and Choosing Off-the-Shelf Software
      1. Understand the Processes of Off-the-Shelf Solutions
      2. What to Read Next?
    8. Chapter 15. Finding Shadow IT
      1. Not Only Software Developers Develop Software
      2. Making Hidden Software Systems Visible
      3. What to Read Next?
    9. Chapter 16. Conclusion
      1. The Future of Domain Storytelling
      2. The Essence of Domain Storytelling
  16. Appendix. The History of Domain Storytelling
  17. Glossary
  18. Bibliography
  19. Index
  20. Code Snippets

Product information

  • Title: Domain Storytelling: A Collaborative, Visual, and Agile Way to Build Domain-Driven Software
  • Author(s): Stefan Hofer, Henning Schwentner
  • Release date: September 2021
  • Publisher(s): Addison-Wesley Professional
  • ISBN: 9780137458974