Domain Storytelling
Domain Storytelling
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Domain Storytelling

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Last updated on 2019-10-11

About the Book

Domain Storytelling means that we let domain experts tell us stories about their tasks. While listening, we record the stories using a pictographic language. The domain experts can see immediately whether we understand their story correctly. After very few stories, we are able to talk about the people, tasks, tools, work objects, and events in that domain.

This book is an in-depth guide on how to use Domain Storytelling. It provides the means to use and adapt Domain Storytelling for different purposes, for example:

  • Crunch domain knowledge: Use Domain Storytelling to bring together domain experts from different departments, cross department boundaries and challenge assumptions. Work your way down from big-picture overviews to in-depth domain analysis.
  • Find good boundaries for your software: Domain Stories help to break down a domain into manageable slices. These are useful for splitting a monolith into modules, for designing microservices, and finding context boundaries in Domain-driven Design.
  • Domain Stories help you to determine which classes and methods you need to express your domain knowledge in code.
  • Derive requirements from Domain Stories to bridge the gap between domain knowledge and software development.
  • Support organizational change by making transparent how a new software system will change the way how people work.

This book is in progress:

Q: Is it usable already or should I wait until it is finished?

A: The book already contains everything you need to know to get you started. And with Leanpub, updates are free!

Q: What is still missing?

A: How to use and adapt Domain Storytelling for some specific purposes.

Q: When will the book be finished?

A: We did not set a deadline for ourselves. We will add chapter after chapter, adding value with each release.

About the Authors

Stefan Hofer
Stefan Hofer

Stefan is bad at drawing. However, he thinks he can build up domain knowledge by drawing Domain Stories. Stefan studied Software Engineering in Austria and has a PhD in computer science. Since 2005, he has been working for WPS – Workplace Solutions Ltd. in Hamburg. His job there is to help teams develop software that does the right job the right way.

Henning Schwentner
Henning Schwentner

Henning loves programming in high quality. He lives this passion as coder, coach, and consultant at WPS – Workplace Solutions in Hamburg, Germany. There he helps teams to structure their monoliths or to build new systems from the beginning with a sustainable architecture. Microservices or self-contained systems are often the result. Domain-driven Design as well as Domain Storytelling and other collaborative modelling methods help here. Henning is author of “Domain Storytelling – A Collaborative Modelling Method” and translator of “Domain-Driven Design kompakt”.

Table of Contents

  •  
    • A Note to our Readers
    • Acknowledgement
      • The Book
      • The Approach
      • The Cover
    • How to Read This Book
  • Part One
    • What is (Domain) Storytelling?
    • Your First Domain Story
    • Domain Storytelling Explained
      • Building Blocks of the Pictographic Language
      • Workshops
    • Scope
      • Coarse-grained “as-is” Stories (a.k.a. Big Picture)
      • Detailed “as-is” Stories
      • Detailed “pure” Stories
      • Detailed “to-be” Stories
    • Modeling Tools
      • Modeling on Paper or Boards
      • Modeling with Software Tools
      • Choosing a Tool
    • Guidelines for Moderators
      • Best Practices
      • FAQ
    • What Domain Storytelling is not
  • Part Two
    • Purposes
    • Learn Domain Language
      • How (not) to Learn Domain Language
      • Organizations Speak Many Domain Languages
      • What is Next? Where to go From Here?
    • Finding Boundaries
    • Support Organizational Change
      • Designing “to-be” Processes
      • Modeling Digitalization
      • What is Next? Where to go From Here?
    • Requirements Elicitation
      • Software Development as a Series of Conversations
      • Making Sense of “Shopping List Features”
      • What is Next? Where to go From Here?
    • Modeling in Code
      • From Domain Story to Domain Model
      • Beyond the Domain Layer
      • What is Next? Where to go From Here?
    • Finding Shadow IT
    • Workflow Automation
  • Appendix
    • Learning Domain Storytelling
    • The History of Domain Storytelling
    • Best Practices for Modeling With Sticky Notes
  • Notes

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