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

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Can BDD and LEAN methodologies be used together?

I was chatting to 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What questions needs to be asked when gathering the initial requirements of a mobile application from a client? [closed]

Talking generally abount mobile application development, I am looking for a list of appropriate questions to ask when visiting the client to get the initial requirements, i.e. what they suppose the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...