The elicitation, analysis, specification, verification, and validation of requirements for a software project.

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How to manage and estimate unstructured requirements received from customers

A lot of the times during the bidding phase of a project I receive a software system's requirements from our potential customers in a very unstructured format from various sources [email, word ...
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How to perform MoSCoW prioritization in Scrum?

In Scrum, if the requirements are gather throughout the software development life cycle (SDLC), then when and how can you perform MoSCoW prioritization?
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Requirements Gathering in SCRUM. Acceptable to talk about High Level requirements in first sprint?

In Scrum at what stage the requirements are gathered? I am writing a report about my project but I am having trouble deciding where to put the High Level requirements. I am thinking of having a ...
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Work Item Traceability in TFS 2010

I have created a Windows Form project (VS solution) under a TFS 2010 project. I may eventually add more solutions to the TFS project. My question: Can we create a Use Case WIT for a specific solution ...
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Include system timer in use case diagram

Here in my use case diagram, an sms will be sent to a referenced person by the applicant automatically by the system when an applicant fills up and submits a form. Here as the SMS sending is performed ...
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Using NLP can we create a summary of functional specification [closed]

Just thinking that is it somehow possible by using Language processing APIs to extract a must have points or an intelligent summary from documents like functional specifications ..
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User Story vs Requirement

User Story captures what the user wants to do with the system at a high level. I understand that the user story would further drive a number low level requirements. Is user story same as high level ...
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Phrasing a requirement about filename encodings

I am in the process of writing a requirements spec, and I have a dilemma in phrasing a piece of the requirements. Scenario: We download files from a website and the downloaded files need to be ...
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How “Best” to capture State Transitions in a formal software requirements specification

Suppose you have a state transition diagram. What is the best way to "Formally" write requirement(s) that capture the state transitions depicted in the diagram. Over the years I have used two ...
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How can user stories not contain requirements (when written on a card) and still be implementable

I've been told "User Stories are not requirements, it is just a reminder of what customer wants, you cannot put requirements within a story". But let's take for an example that a customer wants a ...
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In what case a use case should be written

I am trying to figure out some questions to help me decide whether a use case should be written for that requirement or not. Is it neccesesary to have a use case for each requirement? E.g I have ...
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What is the definition of user classes, with respect to software use?

I'm writing the Software Requirement Specification document for a piece of software that I am developing. A part of the SRS is the identification of the user class. Can somebody please give or refer ...
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Best Practice For Usage of Shall and Must While Writing Requirements

I sent out an email earlier reminding our developers that, the use of the word, 'Shall', in your derived requirements should not follow over to your functional requirements. When writing functional ...
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How do people define the minimum hardware requirements for software?

How do people define the minimum hardware requirements for software? For example: how can a software development company tell the customer that they will need 8 GB of RAM to run the program properly?
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Can BDD and Lean methodologies be used together?

I was chatting with my product manager last week and he was bemoaning the lack of progress on our product. It's a fair criticism, too. So we got to talking about to describe the writing of ...
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What is the benefit of the MoSCoW technique?

I do not see how the MoSCoW Method's "Must, Should, Could, Would" prioritisation is better that simply 1,2,3,4? If I receive the requirements from the customer, they already are prioritised, usually ...
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Requirement refinement between two levels of specification

I am currently working on the definition of the documentation architecture of a system, from customers needs to software/hardware requirements. I encounter a big problem with the level of refinement ...
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What is the difference between user requirements and system requirements?

From what I've read I believe user requirements are just the system requirements given in lay mans terms, is this correct? I'm specifically referring to the book "Software Engineering" by Ian ...
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What is meant by the term 'System requirement' and how does that relate to 'Functional requirement'?

What is the difference between a Functional Requirement and a System Requirement? As I know, the term 'Functional requirement' refers to a requirement which describes a function that needs to be ...
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Dealing with conflicting project requirements

I tried to find an existing topic on this subject but I could not find one that was a good fit, my apologies if I was not thorough enough. Basically we have a web application that serves multiple ...
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More requirements in a single use case - correct?

I have been arguying with a developer who insists that 1 functional request (FR) == 1 use case (UC). I think that is nonsense as there are requirements often describing situations arising from the ...
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Use case diagram : distingishing the actor of a use case

I know a system contains a set of use case diagrams and not one use case diagram, but anyway in the first step to find the system requirements or to analyze them I have problem in distinguishing the ...
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Codifying architecture in requirements

For the development of a next generation of a medical monitoring device consisting of several dedicated hardware systems with embedded software, I am looking at the requirements for the current ...
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Seeking advice writing functional requirements [duplicate]

I inherited a project that I've been maintaining for approximately a year now. The project primarily revolves around performing various financial calculations for the end user. It's roughly 100,000 ...
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Question about requirements [duplicate]

I know that functional requirements are requirements that tell the system what to do while non-functional requirements are about quality and constraints. For below requirements, which of these will ...
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Which approach is right doing use case first or classes first ? why? [duplicate]

There are people who prefer to do use cases first and then do the classes, but there are also some who prefer to do class diagram first and then use cases. So is it personal choice for convenience? ...
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Website compatibility with old operating systems [closed]

I'm a web developer. I most often come across this critical situation when the website layout fits with the design when run on Windows 7 or 8 and Mobile Operating Systems (Android, iOs, Windows 8). ...
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BDD based on 1-liner requirements

In our team, the product owner only gives us a 1-liner summary. The developers then come up with a PoC, which the product owner reviews and the cycle repeats. The challenge here is 2-fold: Time: ...
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Gathering requirements from confusing co-worker [duplicate]

I'm working at my first software internship, and it's great so far. One problem I'm having, however, is getting clear requirements from my co-worker (we'll call him Person A) who assigns projects. ...
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Minimal set of critical database operations [closed]

In designing the data layer code for an application, I'm trying to determine if there is a minimal set of database operations (both single and combined) that are essential for proper application ...
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How do developers verify that software requirement changes in one system do not violate a requirement of downstream software systems?

In my work, I do requirements gathering, analysis and design of business solutions in addition to coding. There are multiple software systems and packages, and developers are expected to work on any ...
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How should I design a wizard for generating requirements and documentation

I'm currently working in an industry where extensive documentation is required, but the apps I'm writing are all pretty much cookie cutter at a high level. What I'd like to do is build an app that ...
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How does requirements management work in the long term with Agile projects?

Requirements Management in the short term for Agile projects seems like a solved problem to me. From the Scrum angle new requirements or changes to existing requirements are delivered through User ...
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Format for getting clear directions on data paramters from users

As part of my job, I regularly get ad-hoc requests from users for snapshots of our very large database. However, there's no fixed format for delivering these and they usually come through in the form ...
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Modelling highly specific business requirements

How can one go about modelling highly specific business requirements, which have no precedent in the system? Take for example the following requirement: When a purchase order contains N lines, is ...
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Who should have full visibility of all (non-data) requirements information?

I work at a smallish mid-size company where requirements are sometimes nothing more than an email or brief meeting with a subject matter manager requiring some new feature. Should a programmer ...
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How to consider the login function collecting requirements of an application? is it a user requirement?

I am working on an application that expected to the user logs in when the application is started (as for example it is in Skype: the user open the application and appear to him a login mask when he ...
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How do you get relevant and useful information out of a client in regards to a job? [duplicate]

A brief background on this specific question: After meeting with a client and hearing all of their requests, requirements, and other comments about a specific software job, planning out the ...
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Functional or non-functional requirement?

I'm wondering about functional or non-functional requirements. I have found lot of different definitions for those terms and I can't assign some of my requirement to proper category. I'm wondering ...
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Are there differences between Functionality and Functional Requirements [closed]

I'm writing some documentation in a project in a tool. In this tool of mine, and write in specific area, I have here use Case, Business Rule, N-Diagram Types, and Functionality and Functional ...
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What process will you use to clarify functional requirements and to gather non-functional requirements?

I am confused with what's the different between clarify and gather. I know using interview, observe or questionnaire can to elicit the requirement we want, but how to clarify the functional ...
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Does anyone have experience with a difficult customer? [duplicate]

We have a reoccurring conflict with one of our larger and strategically important customers. The company (let's call them "C" for now) sells and distributes technical articles, everything from ...
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Communicating with Vendors

We are a small software team (as far as programmers go) and have a team of vendors on the other side of the world that program for us. We own the product, and simply dictate to them some of the tasks ...
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What Is The Process of Creating A Bug Bar?

In my company, we're working on adopting the Microsoft Secure Development Lifecycle, and part of the MSDL process involves establishing security and privacy bug bars at the onset of a project. I've ...
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Progress bar for unknown number of items

I am working on a survey-based feature in our application and the survey has branching points at any given question depending on the answer given. Each path that a branch can take may not have the ...
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Is rapid prototyping incompatible with software requirements specification?

From what I've learned last term on SWE courses, a big part of it is writing documents, so it seems that a software requirements specification (SRS) should earn points for my end-of-course project. ...
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How do I document roles and responsiblites

When working on a requirements document, how do I capture system roles and responsibilities? E.g. "I'm a manager and I will only use the system to generate reports on xyz". I was looking for an ...
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how to filter 'must-have' requirements from 'nice-to-have' requirements [duplicate]

In building a software from scratch, there is necessity to conduct detailed needs assessment and find out what the clients/stakeholders really need. When interviewing the end-users, organizing ...
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How to organize software document for the same application supporing both iOS and Android

I have to write software project documentation for an application which will support both iOS and Android. Each platform has its specific features and the mobile app design and requirements are almost ...
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How to get requirements from Non-technical client? [closed]

I’ve working as a software engineer for last 4 years. Throughout my small experience I worked for IT organizations, where we had separate role of project manager, analyst, quality engineer and ...