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

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Drawing sequence diagram for user-forget-password functionality

I'm trying to draw a sequence diagram of the functionality of user retrieving their password when they forget it and its procedure could be illustrated in this activity diagram. As you can see, ...
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How do you maintain Requirement Traceability for your projects? [on hold]

In waterfall world, we used to have Traceability Matrix, which was tedious to maintain. In agile world, how do we maintain traceability? Any automation tool recommendation for the same, process ...
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How in-depth should stakeholder analysis be? [closed]

I am currently carrying out interviews to elicit stakeholders views on a project related to the medical industry. I am unsure as to exactly who can be considered a stakeholder? I have consulted ...
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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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Requirement/analysis documents in branch-per-branch versioning enviroment

Our ALM is implemented in TFS where for every team project we employ branch-per-feature approach. Each feature may contain multiple backlog items. For each team project we need to maintain master ...
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Pair programming business logic with a non-IT person [closed]

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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Deciding on a Portable Platform (given a set of requirements)

Background Before asking this question, I researched this site and found the following 3 most similar questions have already been asked: When would using a scripting language within a larger program ...
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Where do Interface descriptions belong in a spec?

At my job we have a fairly elaborate specifications model. Basically we need to create 3 layers of specifications where each subsequent level elaborates on the previous. We've got: the top layer ...
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Is providing a user login a functional requirement of a system?

Is providing a user login a non functional requirement? Since this is concerned with security which is a non functional requirement, I feel that providing a user login is also non functional but ...
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“Selected design can be derived from requirements” - meaning and difference against traceability?

ISO 12207 contains interesting points for design verification: a) The design is correct and consistent with and traceable to requirements. c) Selected design can be derived from ...
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Manager keeps changing requirement specification after every demo [closed]

Background of my working environment My manager has no background or understanding of computers or software whatsoever. It is highly likely he hasn't seen code in any form (not even from a physical ...
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What does “Increment” in Agile software development mean?

I am reading book "Software Requirements" by Karl Wiegers. And here are such sentence "Project teams that build products incrementally by following an agile development process also need to ...
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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 is the interplay or relationship between business, functional, and system requirements?

Does it make sense to say that I elicit business requirements from the end-user community, then take those business requirements to the functional team to create functional requirements, then take ...
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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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Preparing For a New Programming Project [closed]

I consider myself to be a novice programmer -- a noob is you like. As such I'm still not sure how to get started on a project where I will be doing stuff that I've never done before. For instance, I ...
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How do you manage feature requests and software changes? [closed]

I am a Software Engineer and over the past few years I have become the de-facto software project manager simply because there isn't one. So to keep our sanity in the R&D/Engineering department, ...
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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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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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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 ..