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45 votes
12 answers

Dealing with bad/incomplete/unclear specifications? [duplicate]

I'm working on a project where our dev team gets the specifications from the business part of the company. Both the business management and the IT management require estimates and deadline projections,...
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7 votes
3 answers

How to deal with clients that only gives you huge flow of "how to do this", but can't say "what and why" they need? [duplicate]

Sometimes I have clients that from start gives you huge flow of words about "how task should be done in details", like "you must use SQL Server here", "should do this in do-while-loop", "should make ...
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10 votes
4 answers

How do you get users to rank their software enhancement needs? [duplicate]

I've inherited a legacy software system, and have been tasked with performing usability and system upgrades. While there's nothing bad with the system, from discussions with the users, there are "...
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3 votes
2 answers

First step in analysing a proposed system [duplicate]

A client asked us to automate his offline paper-based processes. He sent us a copy of the physical forms that he uses. Our team met and discussed how the navigation should be, what major components ...
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4 votes
2 answers

How do you follow the evolution of requirements? [duplicate]

What are the ways of managing the evolving requirements without turning them into a mess? We do not have a dedicated analyst in our team so this role is shared by all the members. Our reoccurring ...
Pavel Voronin's user avatar
1 vote
3 answers

How to set more accurate "deadlines"? [duplicate]

Context: My work is to build financial reports using mostly Excel spreadsheets. This consists mostly of formulas and a good deal of VBA. Each person is built by a single person. We service many sub-...
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0 votes
2 answers

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 ...
Dongle's user avatar
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2 votes
1 answer

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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5 votes
3 answers

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 ...
ebyrob's user avatar
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1 vote
5 answers

Making an automotive system more 'modular' in terms of software?

I am working on an automotive project that we are supposed to make more modular. I am a software specialist and I have very little knowledge of automotive hardware. I don't have any requirements or ...
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3 votes
1 answer

How to document a Software whose requirements are poorly managed? [closed]

Let's say I have a complex software product about which the information or knowledge is scattered all over the organization that built it. There are requirements and features about which even the ...
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