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Questions tagged [requirements-management]

Managing the functionality / requirements for the software

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How to deal with redundant requirements when using Scrum

Changeability is a quality attribute of requirements that is emphasized in some classic literature. To get changeability of requirements, they must not be redundant. However, when dealing with ...
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How minimum-documentation agile development is compatible with requirement that business processes should be documented?

Minimum-documentation is one of the basic features of agile development (intuitive GUI, visually rich documentation, automated tests replaces it). But usually software development goes hand in hand ...
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Unicode or font support for an embedded project

I am working on an project for development of an Embedded system with following requirements. Should be able to receive a text in English language from a Host device. Interfaced over Modbus. Should ...
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How to document non-functional requirements in User Stories?

I work as a business analyst in a software development firm. In my previous organisation, the development was done using waterfall and we wrote "Business Requirement Documents" (BRDs). In my current ...
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Why bother gathering requirements when we know they will change?

I have always been taught that one of the most important things to do at the beginning of the developments of a software is the Requirement gathering. I have also been taught that requirements always (...
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Does a data flow diagram seem correct when one external entity is connected with too many arrows?

I am trying to model a data flow diagram in accordance with a requirement document. The document calls for a system with many roles that users can play, where it needs constant information exchange ...
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Are constraints design software requirements?

Today a colleague who is studying systems engineering told me that software design constraints and GUI requirements (Exs.: the software shall be develop in three layers: presentation, business and ...
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How do I know how much to bill and how long a software development project will take, before analysis? [closed]

In software development we usually do a analysis phase where requirements are taken, user interfaces are designed (for software with ui), etc. After the analysis phase you know what to do, and you can ...
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What is the importance of the vision document and how it helps development?

I'm a developer that works alone, and recently, searching for what kinds of documents I still could benefit, even though I don't require anything formal, I've read that one document that still is ...
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How to model story preparation for issues which are tackled across several projects

In our company several teams will work on different components of several projects at the same time. For example, one team might make make specific kinds of software (or hardware) for some project(s), ...
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How to centralize functional requirements and domain knowledge for quick access?

I'm a software developer in a growing SaaS Human Capital Management provider (Agile) and we only use Team Foundation Server (TFS) to keep track of our backlog, stories, acceptance criteria, work order ...
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When are requirements good enough for implementation

I've been recently thinking about the following question: When are requirements good enough for implementation? I'm trying to create a checklist of some sort that can at least semi-objectively ...
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How do I explain to my team “there is no problem if the requirements need to change after a sprint?”

My team is very inexperienced in how manager our only work and how much time is necessary to spend in some tasks. So many sample things like just develop what our client needs and show it for her (...
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Dividing software into requirement layers

In order to be able to create better documentation, better tests and to start using the just gotten to know requirement traceblity matrix I'm trying to understand the different software requirement ...
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is there a standard for documenting requirements interview

We're university students taking a course in information systems engineering. We have project and we've had a meeting with the teacher playing the role of a dentist and a helping girl playing the ...
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Should I use scrum for big projects? [closed]

I've been working as a programmer on a project designed for generic software for gas stations (to be redistributed for many customers) for 18 months. The project is big. Today we have around 150 ...
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Upgrade and downgrade customers subscription

I have been stuck at a requirement for way too long too handle it :(. Our company is having increased number of customers who wants to upgrade or downgrade their subscription. For now, the ...
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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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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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Agile Scrum - Importance of requirement gathering and documentation and suggestions to improve

We are using agile scrum methodologies for developing and maintaining a product. Since we are a product company, we do not work with customer directly on day to day basis, but instead communicate with ...
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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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Phrasing a requirement about filename encodings

I am in the process of writing a requirements spec, and I have a dilemma in phrasing a piece of the requirements. Scenario: We download files from a website and the downloaded files need to be ...
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Functional Requirements, Non-behavioral specifications, Acceptance Criteria and the gap

I am struggling in my brain about what the right answer is here and where the gap in our requirements gathering process is on this team. Non-technical BA - their role is to write Business and User ...
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What is the appropriate way to handle implicit requirements?

I'm in R&D working on a new software product. Management understandably focuses on the primary features that most obviously give a customer an advantage. But there are many requirements that can ...
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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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Can I use Agile even when the client doesn't want to participate? [duplicate]

Your client/user declares he has absolutely no intention of being available frequently throughout a project, just enough to say "I want the application to do this" and answer a few questions every ...
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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 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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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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Are the following Use Case Levels determined correctly?

I am confused about use case levels. All I could understand was that use cases that are contained in another use case fall under the level which is below the level of the container use case. I have ...
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How to avoid churn when you are defining a schema while others are trying to program against it

I'm in charge of defining an XML schema for some data; the plan is to have various systems (all under our control) upload XML files that match this schema to a central server for processing. I don't ...
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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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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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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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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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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 are the differences between functional, operational and technical requirements?

I have done tasks based on Java, but my seniors assigned me to collect requirements for creating a globalized bug tracking tool. I have read many types of requirements from Wikipedia and the ...
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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 to label software requirements?

What is a good strategy to label software requirements in an SRS? Typically outline numbering is employed on headers - but these will renumber if a new heading is inserted in the document. To me it ...
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Question on System Requirement

I have a scenario where a specific webservice must be consumed based on the state to setup user info. For instance if the state is NY or NJ call service A , if state is WA call service B etc. But ...
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Functional Requirements / Specification and relationship to DEV and QA

Functional Requirements state "WHAT" needs to be done from a user's perspective Functional Specification state "HOW" it needs to be done from technical standpoint. Do QA teams focus and Functional ...
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Agile Development & Interaction with Developers

I have read in few blogs that as part of agile development , the product owner closely interact with developers to state their requirements and come up with a solution. However in case of a large ...
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System Requirements - Use of Conjunctions

I have come across many blogs and books where it is stated that it is bad for a system requirement to contain conjunctions like "and". However in reality I am often coming across scenario where a ...
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Level of detail in System Requirements

I've read in multiple places that the requirements must not be influenced by solution and must not contain solution. So in the below example , please can you help in letting me which is correct - ...
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User Stories - How should it be defined for complex changes involving multiple applications

This is one of the definitions that I asw for user stories - When the time has come for creating user stories, one of the developers (or the product owner in Scrum) gets together with a customer ...
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Requesting quality analysis test cases up front of implementation/change

Recently I have been assigned to work on a major requirement that falls between a change request and an improvement. The previous implementation was done (badly) by a senior developer that left the ...
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How can I better manage far-reaching changes in my code?

In my work (writing scientific software in C++), I often get asked by the people who use the software to get their work done to add some functionality or change the way things are done and organized ...
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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 use TFS as a query tracking system?

We already use tfs for managing defects in code etc, etc. We additionally need a way to "understand the domain & requirements of the products". Normally, without tfs we exchange emails with the ...