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

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Are there differences between Functionality and Functional Requirements [on hold]

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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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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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 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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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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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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What is the difference between requirements and specifications?

I've been tasked with developing requirements and specifications for a project our group is starting. I realized that I don't know the difference; a Google search just confused me more -- it seems ...
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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 ...
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How to show or direct a business analyst to do data modelling? [closed]

Our business analysts pushed hard to collect data through a spreadsheet. I am the programmer responsible for importing that data. Usually when they push hard for something like this, I never know ...
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Is securing the credit card data is considered a requirement from the customer

I'm taking an Introduction to Agile Software Development course, The instructor was discussing an example about online store and asked us to write the User Stories and the Conditions of satisfactions ...
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Who should provide the Requirement doc / SRS? [duplicate]

I am creating a Mobile application (CRM) for another software company. They told me they need these these stuff from here and there, within 15-30 minutes. But they never provided a detailed client ...
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How much detail about a user story can a developer expect?

The biggest drawback of agile development I have experienced is that people not involved in development focus on the mantra that a user story (3-10 ideal person days) should not contain more than 1-3 ...
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What is the difference between requirements and acceptance criteria?

I am trying to understand the difference a little better as it seem like they are the same thing. I have work in projects with no use of the requirements and everything is an acceptance criteria, and ...
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Tender vs. Requirements vs. Solution Design

Conventionally, which of the above documents is deemed to hold the most weight when it comes to system acceptance? I recently had a conversation along these lines: It was argued that the initial ...
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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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How to know how much detailed requirements should be?

This doubt has to do with the requirements gathering phase of each iteration in one project based on agile methodologies. It arose because of the following situation: suppose I meet with my customer ...
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What standard superseded 830-1998?

I have been looking into how to document software projects more formally, and I have learned about IEEE 830-1998: Recommended Practice for Software Requirements Specifications. However, as you can ...
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Functional/nonfunctional requirements VS design ideas

Problem domain Functional requirements defines what a system does. Non-Functional requirements defines quality attributes of what the system does as a whole.(performance, security, reliability, ...
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What format have project managers used for defining features/requirements? [closed]

At the company that I currently work at, Word documents are passed around which contain the features/requirements for the software we write, and those Word docs contain mock-ups (there aren't any use ...
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What to call requirements that are “assumed”/“invisible”/“very obvious”

I'm looking for an umbrella term for all the nitty-gritty requirements that it's helpful to have specified up front but which the client never thinks about in his excitement about the product. In the ...
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What is exactly bug in the requirements?

I've just looked for a formal definition and haven't found one. The term - "bug in the requirements" was always confusing for me, what does mean exactly?
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Story Point Estimation - Component Based

I have read that story point estimation is not intended to actually tie with number of hours , but is used to identify the relative capacity. I have a java application which has a adapter layer , a ...
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Should a persisted and 'finished' by state transaction be editable to any user

This question has been bugging me for a while. I came from a background where I taught that when a transaction reached some state (FINISHED, PRINTED, etc) it should no longer be opened for ...
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What are the differences between functional, operational and technical requirements?

I have done tasks based on Java, but my seniors assigned me to collect requirements for creating a globalized bug tracking tool. I have read many types of requirements from Wikipedia and the ...
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First step in analysing a proposed system [duplicate]

A client asked us to automate his offline paper-based processes. He sent us a copy of the physical forms that he uses. Our team met and discussed how the navigation should be, what major components ...
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Hardware requirements

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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What software is used to write functional and non-functional requirements?

Is there any software which can be used to write functional and non-functional requirements? When writing those, it is essential to: Store the document in text format to be able to make diffs and ...
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BDD and behavior based on complex state

I'm wondering how to write BDD test cases for a real system. All examples I can find are trivial and do not answer the question. Sample use case/story basically goes like that: User is on the main ...
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How to deal with requirements and use cases in this kind of situation?

Recently I've started to work with object oriented analysis and design and it seemed very interesting to me as a way to get work done better. But I'm still in doubt with one kind of situation. If this ...
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Requirements specification for Multi-Channel website

The company I'm working on has a RUP-like software development process, with very heavy documentation. Right now we're doing a Multi-Channel web site -it's intended to be seen in Desktop, Tablets and ...
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What should I do if I don't have any formal spec? [duplicate]

I recently was assigned to a task, but it says only a couple of words, like, do it as it made there, with no actual spec attached. What is the best thing to do in that circumstances?
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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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Tools aiding in documenting API requierements for a REST Service

We need to define our requirements for a REST API. What are tools which aid in creating a document which will fully describe the webservice so it can be created by another entity?
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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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Better word for Optional Requirements? [closed]

What's a better word for an optional requirement in software engineering? The phrase is contradictory. I've used "Non-Core Requirements" in previous projects.
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Pair programming business logic with a non-IT person

Have you had any experience in which a non-IT person works with a programmer during the coding process? It's like pair programming, but one person is a non-IT person that knows a lot about the ...
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How to identify (business) processes for automation?

I recently started at a company and am working on statistical data analysis and data handling (market research). A lot of my tasks were previously done entirely by hand, so I created a few tools to ...
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Verification of requirements in a closed system

I'm on my first real software project following the whole SDLC and am a bit confused. We have a requirement that states something like "The battery will be monitored each second" which needs to be ...
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What is a Non-Functional Requirement? [duplicate]

In my breakdown of work I have to define work against 'Functional' and 'Non-Functional' design elements / work in my applications. I read the description from Wikipedia here: ...
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How do you get users to rank their software enhancement needs? [duplicate]

I've inherited a legacy software system, and have been tasked with performing usability and system upgrades. While there's nothing bad with the system, from discussions with the users, there are ...
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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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How do I convert a list of Requirements into Constraints?

I am trying to prepare my first software design document. I am self-taught and have no formal training in CS. Having done a wee bit of reading up on it beforehand, I have created a list of ...
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Are there elements common to nearly every SRS?

An SRS is a staple of any serious contract work, and it can be incredibly dull for those who've never had the misfortune of needing to read one through in one go. I'm writing a series of document ...