A specification (often abbreviated as spec) is an explicit set of requirements to be satisfied by a material, product, or service.

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Formalizing a requirements spec written in narrative English

I have a fairly technical functionality requirements spec, expressed in English prose, produced by my project manager. It is structured as a collection of UI tabs, where the requirements for each tab ...
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Software Requirement Specification documentation by professionals

I just wanted to know what is the significance of SRS(Software Requirement Specification) in programming? and what are the techniques used in preparation of an SRS .. also who writes the SRS.. is it ...
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What do you call a customer's customer in a specification document, use case, or scenario?

My team and I develop software that our customers will use to interact with their customers. Additionally, we also eat our own dogfood and use the software ourselves to interact with our customers. ...
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Can you claim that your product is fit for purpose when it uses OSS software which does not guarantee it?

I am working on a product for a client that must be valid and fit for purpose. It's built on a LAMP stack (PHP/Cake), so there's GPL, MIT, PHP, APACHE licenses: "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES ...
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How to avoid duplication between my issue tracker and the project specification documents?

I used to work for a professional consulting firm, and we worked under many different contract terms. When we could get a time & materials project, we ran it with SCRUM and tracked the backlog in ...
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agile / scrum and functional specs

I work in a small team of four devs, one domain expert and one manager. We are looking to move to using scrum to try and formalise our processes. From what I understand of agile, it seems to be ...
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Need interpretation of section in C# specification

I am reading the C# specification. I could use clarification on a segment: C# has a unified type system. All C# types, including primitive types such as int and double, inherit from a single ...
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Wiki-like tool for writing specifications and documentation [closed]

I am looking for a wiki or wiki-like system for writing and managing specification and documentation for a software project. I know there are lots of wiki-implementations available, but are there ...
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IEEE SRS documents: lightweight version when working with outside contractors?

Typically we follow an Agile development process that tends not to put an emphasis on writing requirements and technical documents that nobody will read. We tend to focus our limited manpower to ...
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Describing requirements in SRS - use cases?

I do not have the access to the IEEE standard and information on the net are contradictory. Can I capture user requirements in SRS using use cases? Or I should keep use cases separate as they are more ...
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Is a functional spec a part of the System requirement spec?

I wonder, sources like wikipedia or templates I found shows that Functional spec is a part of System requirement documents. I always thought that SRD is just overall decsription of the system, with ...
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How are “Json.org”-like specs graphs called and how can I generate them?

In http://www.json.org Douglas Crockford shows the specs of the JSON format in two interesting ways: In the right side column he lists a text spec that looks like a YACC or LEX listing. In the main ...
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standards for technical specificaton on software+hardware system [closed]

Are there any documented standards for technical specifications within the IT industry? In theory, such a standard would be successfully used in practice deals with both software and hardware parts ...
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Custom HTML Tags: Are there any specifications stating a standard way to handle them?

It seems like for years they've just been given default styling and inline display. Is there a spec somewhere that has dictated this? I've looked over the RFC's but I'm not particularly good with ...
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General solution to solve different sports results in different languages

I currently have some code that checks if squash and tennis scores are valid, both in javascript and PHP. This results in 4 blocks of code existing, 2 languages * 2 sports, which does not scale well ...
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How to convince a non-technical client that their application spec needs to be simplified?

Often times I am faced with the situation where a new client comes to me with an application that has literally 100s of unnecessary features and it is quite clear that things need to be drastically ...
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Java: “Heap pollution”

A "Heap Pollution" as in Non-Reifiable Types (The Java™ Tutorials > Learning the Java Language > Generics (Updated)) Why is it called that way?
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Does *every* project benefit from written specifications? [closed]

I know this is holy war territory, so please read the question to the end before answering. There are many cases where written specifications make a lot of sense. For example, if you're a contractor ...
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Estimating time for planning and technical design using Evidence Based Scheduling

I'm at the beginning of a development project in a large organization. The Functional Requirements are currently being worked out and documented with our business stakeholders by our Enterprise ...
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ISTQB terminology question (Defect)

According to ISTQB (and few more sources + wiki ), a defect/bug is the actual cause of error in software, e.g. incorrect statement, logical or semantic error. The actual definion is: a flaw in the ...
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What do you need from a client to create a site

I am trying to figure out what a programmers needs from a client to create a website. This is a complicated database driven site. How should the information look? Should I layout the pages in ...
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Experience of Python's “PEP-302 New Import Hooks”

I'm one of the developers of Ruby (CRuby). We are working on Ruby 2.0 release (planned to release 2012/Feb). Python has "PEP302: New Import Hooks" (2003): This PEP proposes to add a new set of ...
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How To Document an Object Oriented Design in Text

For my next project, I'm looking to document my Object Oriented design in simple text before jumping the gun to code it up. I want to do this for two reasons. I want to give proper thought to my ...
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When to skip solving the general problem and settling for the specific problem?

I've been working hard on trying to develop a general solution to my problem, but I cannot seem to formulate a proper algorithm for it, at least one that doesn't take a ton of inaccurate grunt work ...
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Should I provide a language reference in addition to a formal specification for the programming language I am designing?

I am designing a programming language, and I would like to provide a complete documentation for it. So far, I have planned to write the following documents: An initial design outline, mostly as a ...
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Spec Writing Management

I simply cannot imagine writing software without a spec. No matter how sketchy or high level it is, spec is important to explain to the clueless programmers on what are the functionalities of the ...
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New website - best practice for requirements specs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Extracting user requirements from a person who does not know how to express himself As a hobby freelancer I'm new to this. I've never had a non-technical client before ...
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Who should be responsible for writing/updating design specifications in an agile team

I work as part of a scrum-like Agile team and a while ago, one thing we identified that the team should do is maintain good set of design documents for our code base. Because we are agile and do have ...
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Should we put the specification documents in source control system such as svn?

Today, One of my colleague and I have a debate about "Should we put the specification documents in source control system such as SVN?". In my opinion, It should be. Everything relate to developing ...
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What is an effective way to organize tasks for a new project?

Is there a practical solution to organizing the initial tasks for a new project? To elaborate, imagine the features/stories/goals are laid out for a project. How might one go about organizing those ...
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Tooling and support for message format specifications

How do most companies define and manage message format specifications? Is it common for companies to create custom tools for creating and working with these documents? At work we have a lot of ...
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How to write Requirements for a specific module

I am familiar with writing Software Requirements Specification, but not quite sure how to write the requirements for a specific module. Let's say I need to develop a Reservation System and there ...
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Concurrent development w/o central design?

I've got a team of developers which are trying to write specifications/tests concurrently for different (and sometimes adjacent) parts of the system. Typically, the person writing the ...
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How do I move a client from UI mockups to a set of real requirements?

Say you are given a mock-up of 25 screens of the visual states of your application. The expectation is that this is enough for us to be confident we can develop and hand it to the original stakeholder ...
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Interesting questions about Behaviour-Driven Development

For my master thesis at Software Engineering, I want to investigate in the new development technique BDD (Behaviour-Driven Development). In my opinion this technique could really improve on customer ...
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How do you create a software process for a project?

As I've written about in other questions here, the project that I'm working on now has no software process. That means no documentation (including hard copy requirements or specification), no source ...
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How do I write a specification? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how do I write a functional specification quickly and efficiently With so many projects changing halfway - and clients assuming much can be changed at no additional cost ...
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The value of an updated specification

I'm at the tail end of a large project (around 5 months of my time, > 60,000 lines of code) on which I was the only developer. The specification documents for the project were designed well early on, ...
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Managing software projects - advice needed

I work for a large government department as part of an IT team that manages and develops websites as well as stand alone web applications. We’re running in to problems somewhere in the SDLC that ...
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Are there standard practices when writing a spec for a software development project?

Are there standard practices when writing a spec for a software development project? Is there a specific format to follow? Also, does the developer or the client write this up? If the dev, is this ...
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Why it is important to include definition of success/failure in specification?

I've read Steve McConnell's "Code Complete" and one of items in checklist for requirements is: "Is the definition of success included? Of failure?". Why is this important? Can you write any examples ...
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Why are exception specifications bad?

Back in school some 10+ years ago, they were teaching you to use exception specifiers. Since my background is as one of them Torvaldish C programmers who stubbornly avoids C++ unless forced to, I only ...
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How can we verify that software meets specifications meets requirements?

So we're pretty good at eliciting requirements from our end customers, business division and sales/marketing. We plan projects to add/enhance features to meet those requests and prioritize tasks to ...
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Where can I find examples of functional specifications? [closed]

I am writing a functional specification for a software program (Mac OS X application to be exact). I want to improve this by looking at other (good) functional specifications, but I cannot find any. ...
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Can you write an unambiguous specification in a natural language like English?

It seems to me that you cannot possibly write a software specification in English that is completely free of ambiguities, simply due to the informal nature of natural language - and therefore that a ...
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What standards does your team use for your specification documents headers and footers?

TL;DR: What header/footer do you put on your Functional&Technical specifications to avoid people having different versions at meetings? Story: We're have a lot of documents, being changed by ...
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When should development stop and QA begin?

We write a complete functional specification for our development team of two. We do not have professional testers however we have drafted in the help of our available helpdesk personnel to perform 'QA ...
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Should an XML Schema be specified in a software specification?

Would you include an XML schema for a new file format in a software specification document or would you consider this too specific? Or would it be already too specific to require XML at this point?
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How do you spec out your project?

all. I'm wondering how do you spec./plan out your project? For example, for webiste you can use Wireframe. How about for desktop or add-ins such as MS Office add-ins? I want it as simple as possible ...
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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 ...