Operational Scenario (glossary)

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(1) Description of an imagined sequence of events that includes the interaction of the product or service with its environment and users, as well as interaction among its product or service components. (ISO/IEC 2011)

(2) A set of actions or functions representing the dynamic of exchanges between the functions allowing the system to achieve a mission or a service. (Created for SEBoK)

(3) Stories which describe the expected utilization of the future system in terms of actions. (Created for SEBoK)


(1) ISO/IEC. 2011. Systems and software engineering - Life cycle processes - Requirements engineering. ISO/IEC 29148. (2) and (3) This definition was developed for the SEBoK.


Operational scenarios are used to evaluate the requirements and design of the system and to verify and validate the system.

SEBoK v. 1.9.1 released 30 September 2018

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