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

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What to do if boss always postpones major decisions about requirements and overall design?

When starting a new project, my boss always avoids to make fixed decisions. He is usually saying: ok, just start to write something and be as generic as possible. When you're finished we look how we ...
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Alternatives to *documents* in the SDLC?

Since no one prints anything any more, the concept of actual project documents (meaning, a monolithic piece of formatted text) seems like it could be improved on. Problems with documents are things ...
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Challenges to the Agile approach on government projects

A previous Agile discussion here had good answers specifying what is critical to the success of implementing Agile methodology in software development. Most of the points were the typical ...
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Extracting user requirements from a person who does not know how to express himself

I had an interview yesterday with a member of our organization who wanted to create a system to help him to do his job, the problem I had with him was that he had only a general idea about what he ...
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Formal requirements analysis

I've been doing a Requirements Analysis module in my university. We've covered all kinds of formal requirements stuff, like UML, Use Case Diagrams, Sequence Diagrams and Contracts. I have to ask- are ...
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Dealing with multiple business requirement streams without compromising team size

A business has five discrete streams of business requirements to be implemented in software. There is a team of ten developers. A "naiive" organisational solution is to split the team into five ...
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Brainstorming questions to elicit features in new software version?

Because of a change in technologies, we are doing a major version change in our in-house enterprise software. I am going to be doing the usual of interviews, observations and brainstorming sessions. ...
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To Gather Requirements, from those who don't want to give time for interviewing?

Actually, I'm A Fresh CS graduate,who want to build a System for his Dad's Road Transport business. However,the issue is whenever I go to ask to him about : what are people involved in his business? ...
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How to improve my trade

I'm currently working as a software developer and studying for a software engineering degree (the former whilst not doing the latter). I'm confident in my ability to do my job competently, but I feel ...
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Is it better to blindly match the project requirements or to match the spirit of the project requirements

You know what they're asking for. You know what they really want. However, technically the way they wrote it is with a litmus test of requirements that don't match what they want because they don't ...
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Feature vs. Function

Often I hear PMs (Project Managers) talk about feature and function. And I'm just so puzzled to differentiate them. Sometimes I think of a feature to be equivalent to a user story. Something like "As ...
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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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The correct choice of tools for a new Deep Zoom application

I want to create a new application. It will basically be a Deep Zoom application that users can draw annotations on (that will save to a DB so other users can see those annotations.) At first it will ...
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What are the best practices when performing requirements analysis through job observation?

I'm considering sitting with the end-users and observing them while the work for a day to better understand the software requirements. Before I try this, I'm hoping someone can provide a list of best ...
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How are minimum system requirements determined?

We've all seen countless examples of software that ships with "minimum system requirements" like the following: Windows XP/Vista/7 1GB RAM 200 MB Storage How are these generally determined? ...
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What is the difference between system analysis and system requirement analysis [closed]

Are "system analysis" and "system requirement analysis" the same thing? I think system system analysis is broader term and system requirement analysis is part of it. Is this correct?
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Why bother differentiating between functional and nonfunctional requirements?

I understand the difference between the two, but I get questioned by my colleagues of the benefit of labeling requirements as functional or nonfunctional (or transitional). Why bother to do so? He ...
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How do you decide site availability requirements?

I work on a web application to file a specific kind of county taxes. Our company wants our state to mandate that counties must accept electronic filings (as opposed to paper) from any system that ...
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Can non-technical staff gather requirements on behalf of the development team?

Working in a large organisation, it is often the case that the members of the development team are not able to get direct access to the client to gather requirements. Is it possible/advisable to give ...
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how do you deal with a vague software proposal?

We all get them. What do you do when you are supposed to write a functional spec from a woolly proposal? You can write a ton of questions about the proposal but answers are not always forthcoming. ...
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Let users get requirements together on their own or guide them along?

I'm sure everyone has experienced something like this. You go into a meeting with a client who has a project. They have no/few requirements in mind and the vaguest understanding of what they ...
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Tool to manage requirements throughout a software development lifecycle [closed]

I am looking for a tool to manage requirements or features for a software development project. It will be used by a small geographically diverse team of 5-10 people to raise, discuss and track ...
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What is the difference between a non-functional requirement and a quality attribute?

I'm trying to understand the difference between non-functional requirements and quality attributes. Are they the same thing? You can find a set of quality attributes in the ISO9126 standard. I know ...
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What techniques should be used to ensure clear communication from the customer?

Some customers use terms from the domain language interchangably and incorrectly. This has, on several occassions, lead to an implementation of a feature in a way that was not desired by the customer. ...
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Mathematical Knowledge Required prior to entering Computer Science [closed]

I am currently a College Student in a Systems Analysis (3 year course). I am about to finish my course and would like to enroll in Computer Science at a University near me. I have a deep interest in ...
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Coaxing requirements out of business people?

What methods seem to work best to coax requirements out of non-tech business people? I am working with a team that’s trying to get a spec together for a project. Every time we have met and it comes ...
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Should I represent the Database in my use cases?

I am creating use cases for my web application and I was wondering if a representation of the DB should be listed as an actor. For example a user can check his profile and edit it (assuming that he is ...
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What is the best practice for gathering requirements when a customer does not know what he wants? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you deal with changing requirements? This question must have been asked a thousand times but there seems to be little progress in this area: I have asked the ...
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Conceptual Requirement and Scope

Appreciate your help with my questions What are conceptual requirements? How do they compare with stakeholder, business and functional requirements? what CASE tools can be used to capture conceptual ...
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Light-weight visual requirements tool (combination of mockups and use cases) [closed]

For my team, mockups are the primary artifact for development and the requirements process. We use balsamiq mockups for confluence. We also write use-cases to point out the workflow and for adding ...
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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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How much storage space do developers really need on work systems?

Not Counting the OS And the requirements to run the Development software. The storage space required. Strictly speaking from work perspective(company setup and not freelancers).A individual ...
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Why bother with detailed specs?

When writing software, what's the point of writing a formal, detailed dead-tree specification? To clarify, a somewhat informal, high-level specification for people who don't want to read the code ...
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Should a programmer “think” for the client?

I have gotten to the point where I hate requirements gathering. Customer's are too vague for their own good. In an agile environment, where we can show the client a piece of work to completion it's ...
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Studentworker - being a superhero?

A couple of weeks ago I got a new job as a studentworker for a webagency. The job is 15-20 hours of week. Even though I am new in the company, I feel right at home and I enjoy working with my ...
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Documents of requirement specification

I need to work with IT projects in system or web development in order to improve my skills by following the requirement specification. Is there any available requirement specfication to download in ...
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Do we need use case levels or not?

I guess no one would argue for decomposing use cases, that is just wrong. However sometimes it is necessary to specify use cases, which are on lower, more technical level, like for example ...
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How can I estimate how long a project will take? [duplicate]

I'm working as a web developer and I want to be able to determine if I'm efficient. Does this include the how long it take to accomplish tasks such as: Server side code for the site logic with one ...
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using a wiki for requirements

I'm looking into ways of improving requirements management. Currently, we have a Word document published on a Web site. Unfortunately, we cannot (to my knowledge) look at changes from one revision ...
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Dealing with bad/incomplete/unclear specifications? [duplicate]

I'm working on a project where our dev team gets the specifications from the business part of the company. Both the business management and the IT management require estimates and deadline ...
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Requirement Traceability matrix

What is a requirement traceability matrix? What are the differences between different requirement types and what are the advantages/disadvantages of using these matrices?
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how can we improve documentation of project

We are planning to develop a database api for our project. I want to know how can we improve our documentation. The Current Structure of a document is : Introduction : Database Objects :List Each ...
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Requirment Analysis Communication

Someday s ago we was discussing about the current project, and suddenly sir and my senior started talking about the new feature to add in the project , and i become lost :). i was not able to find how ...
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What is the difference between requirements Elicitation and Requirements Analysis in the real world?

My question aim to draw a fine line between Requirements Elicitation and Requirements Analysis. What is the difference between these two?
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Relation between developers and clients

I'm currently working in a small company that its taking care of implementing lots of systems, most of them for goverment institutions, in witch it generally means taking software developted 20 years ...
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What are important things to remember when reengineering a legacy application?

About to embark on the initial phases of a project to rewrite a legacy application from the ground up (existing business rules will change somewhat, and be extended to incorporate a large number of ...
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place to propose a open source project and collaborate on software requirements before start to coding

I'm searching for a web site to start a new open source project. I want to start the developing of a "SPORT training log". I have some developing skill but not all I need (I dont know web coding). ...
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Ideal Operating System [closed]

Okay. So I'm currently trying to design an operating system, but I need ideas. Nevermind the feasibility right now, it's just in the design phase. If you had an OS that did whatever you wanted, what ...
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What FOSS solutions are available to manage software requirements?

In the company where I work, we are starting to plan to be compliant to the software development life cycle. We already have, wiki, vcs system, bug tracking system, and a continuous integration ...
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How to estimate cost with very little information?

I have a client who wants a web app that will let him do the following (as he told me word for word): User registration Recurring payments for users Online conference room reservation I am ...