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

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Defining and testing detailed user interface requirements

I am in the process of designing and building a small web app. While implementing a first prototype I discovered that I make many unwritten assumptions about the behaviour of the interface. For ...
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Should create and edit be two separate user stories?

I often come across situations where creating and editing actions are very similar, but they are not exactly the same story. So should they be handled as separate user stories, or as one? For example, ...
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What document/artifact should alert me when an old requirement changes the scope of new one?

I developed a software application a year ago, I delivered it with a simple documentation. For example, it has an special and complicated login system as requirement. Now the customer calls and ask ...
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How To Better Manage Expectations on Iterations in Software Dev [duplicate]

This question is inspired by a current problem I having with a client I am consulting through. A few months ago we were working on a project for a big construction firm. I was working on an hourly ...
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In a functional requirements document, is the Assumptions section dangerous?

I am currently a reviewer on a Best Practices document for Developers or Business Analysts in writing a Functional Requirements document. This document is not necessarily a template for functional ...
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How do I convince my team that a requirements specification is unnecessary if we adopt user-stories?

We are planning to adopt user-stories to capture stakeholder 'intent' in a lightweight fashion rather than a heavy SRS (software requirements specifications). However, it seems that though they ...
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Use cases and multi service architecture [closed]

I've recently finished reading "writing effective use cases" by Alistair Cockburn. I'm looking at building a web application that sits upon 2 web services. Should I have use cases for "web ...
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How should I write the “Validation” parts of a FURPS+ document

Alistair Cockburn says in Writing Effective Use Cases, that validation requirements should not go into the use cases. However, even after reading the chapter on Missing Requirements (meaning the ...
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Requirement specifications with annotations? [closed]

I'm curious if there are any templates using annotations such as ambiguous, needs update and so on. Industrial or Academic does not matter. If there are, are there any way tools available that use ...
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Changing requirements mid-sprint

I am in the middle of an agile sprint. Midway we realize that the requirement that we were working upon, could have been done in an easier fashion in a totally different way. The development work done ...
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Agile requirements gathering in embedded project [duplicate]

I am working on a project where we develop an embedded application for a Linux-based device handling data from different sensors and visualizing them to the end user. We try to use Scrum process but ...
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Are using <<include>> and <<extend>> relationship in this use-case diagram actually same?

I am trying to draw a UML use-case diagram to model requirements for a software project. The two requirements I have issue to model are: TravelAgent creates a booking for a [old] client who is ...
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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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How should a developer reject impossible requirements?

Here's the problem I'm facing: Quote From Project Manager: Hey Spark, I'm assigning you the task of developing a framework that could be used for many different iOS applications. Here are the ...
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Is it common practice to transform requirement specifications into predicate logic for functional programming?

I've recently been assigned to work on a small project which is being implemented in Haskell. Coming from an OO/imperative background, I'm used to converting requirements/user-stories into use-cases ...
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What is the difference between requirements and specifications? [on hold]

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 can a non-technical person learn to write a spec for small projects?

How can a non-technical person learn to write specs for small projects? A friend of mine is trying to outsource some development on a statistics project. In particular, he does a lot of work in ...
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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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How do you take into account usability and user requirements for your application? [closed]

Our team supports BackOffice application: a mix of WinForm and WPF windows. (about 80 including dialogs). Really a kind of a Swiss Army Knife. It is used by developers, tech writers, security ...
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Quick and Good: ( Requirement -> Validation -> Design ) for self use? [closed]

How to casually do the required Software Engineering and designing? I am an inexperienced developer and face the following problem: My company is a start up and has no fix Software engineering ...
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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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How to help you client into making better requirements for you? [duplicate]

One of the most difficult and critical part of a project is to get good requirements from your client (internal or otherwise). I understand by 'good requirement' one that is not so high-level that's ...
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I want to explain why the specification must not be changed during development period

I want to explain why the specification must not be changed during development period to the new planning department employee.
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Feature vs. Function [closed]

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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Should I consider uncertain future requirement while development? [duplicate]

I have one text box across multiple pages which is used to enter multiple customerids (as comma separated) . But in current page due to some subsequent implementation difficulties we make it as ...
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Which stages of the requirements analysis process in mobile requirements engineering are the most challenging ones? [closed]

I'm doing a research on formulating a requirements analysis model as a stage of requirements engineering for mobile-application development by considering the limitations and the needs of it ( ...
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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 ...
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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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What is the ideal mindset for a developer participating in a requirements gathering meeting?

As a mid-level developer on my team, I participate in requirements gathering/scope planning meetings of projects that I will be part of. I have been finding it difficult to come up with the questions ...
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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 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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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 ...