Writing Better Requirements by Ian Alexander, Richard Stevens

By Ian Alexander, Richard Stevens

Well-written specifications are an important to structures of every kind: you're not likely to get what you will have except you ask for it. This ebook explains and demonstrates precisely what requisites are for, and the way to write down them

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By Ian Alexander, Richard Stevens

Well-written specifications are an important to structures of every kind: you're not likely to get what you will have except you ask for it. This ebook explains and demonstrates precisely what requisites are for, and the way to write down them

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The core of the process is to get the requirements down quickly, and then to encourage the stakeholders to correct and improve them. Your part is to put in those corrections at once, and to repeat the cycle. You should start with the best structure you can devise, but expect to keep on correcting it throughout the process. You can sometimes capture requirements from existing documents, especially if someone has already studied the problem, but stakeholders must remain the primary source. Especially if you do the writing, you need to make sure that the stakeholders feel that they own the requirements.

To get to the actual requirement. This applies equally to hardware and non-computer devices. For example, a lathe operator may have manufactured a special clamp, or an arm that prevents movement of the tool beyond a certain point. Any such modification points to a requirement for the new version. Unintended uses Users are immensely creative in the way that they actually use systems. Look out for usage which was never intended. Mr Uzi, a weapon designer, was surprised to see soldiers using the carefully designed foresight of his gun to open bottles of beer.

Because it costs money, does material damage, and could cause injury. Therefore the user requirements might be: I want hot fresh coffee whenever I walk into the kitchen. I want to be able to make coffee without risking injury or damage. " 1 Try to improve on the coffeepot requirements discussed above. " questions for the following situation, see where they lead, and draft user requirements for the underlying problem: Existing design: The bottle-warmer displays a red light when the power is applied, but the light goes out when the specified temperature is reached, Hint: separate out the requirements from the design solution.

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