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Requirements engineering done in Excel and Word?

Throughout this semester my classmates and I had to do the pre-coding(?) phase of a project (requirements and such) as part of our Software Engineering course. The way our professor had us do it seems ...
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“User” requirements vs “system” requirements

I'm taking Software Engineering class and my professor is absolutely terrible at explaining anything. It's only the 3rd week and me and my group mates are already deeply confused. We were given a ...
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Where can I find requirements specification for Open Source software?

I can hardly imagine a software project where the things to do are not somehow collected in a formal/informal document, be it a SRS or a simple note. So I was searching for these requirements ...
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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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Why are software requirements allowed to change if it means more work for software engineers? [closed]

In many projects, software requirements change, sometimes meaning we software engineers have to throw out our work and start over. Heck, we have entire methodologies built around the assumption that ...
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Should User Stories be written for non-build requirements?

I am working on a project which is introducing a new Business Product, that is leveraging existing systems From a requirements perspective, they fall into all these types: A system change is ...
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Should operating system configuration parameters, like disabled automatic updates or sleep timer, be part of the software specifications?

Our application needs to run in a locked-down operating system. Due to quality and regulatory concerns, all updates shall be prevented or blocked. Therefore, our deployment includes the pre-configured ...
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Why aren't databases secondary actors in use case diagrams?

Secondary Actors are actors that the system needs assistance from to achieve the primary actor's goal. If a external printer system to the system under construction is commonly shown as a secondary ...
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How to deal with changes in the requirements because design decisions?

Using RUP methodolgy, when doing "finding actors and use cases" and "specification of use cases" activities, we are recommended not to think about how we are going to build the system (take design ...
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Describing Data Fields in Business Requirements Document

How and where to describe data fields and their behavior in business requirements document? I have business requirements document setup this way: 1.4 General Requirements: Req # | Ranking ...
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Having trouble finding the issue of an expressed/formulated requirement

I'm studying for an exam (software-engineering) and got stuck with the following question. Developing a web application for stock in order to monitor (automatically) and to trade shares. You are ...
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Formulating requirements using ISO/IEC/IEEE 29148-2011/2018

I'm trying to formulate some requirements using the ISO/IEC/IEEE 29148 standards. I know that the following is correct according to the standards. The system [Subject] shall stop [Action] only when ...
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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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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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requirements model and UML

I need to create requirements model for my software(first step of software engineering), But I don't know which icon of UML can help me to implement requirements model.
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Gherkin Syntax and Unit Specification

I am wondering about the Gherkin syntax for some scenarios. Suppose I have following events A, B{1}, B{2}, C, D1, D2, G. Where uppercase{number} events like B1, D2 are parallel events(simultaneous). ...
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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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How to structure SW documentation with SOUP components

I need to produce some documentation to be compliant with IEC 62304 and, while reading all of the processes needed to be documented, I'm having a couple doubts about how to structure the whole lot of ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I want to explain why the specification must not be changed during development period

I want to explain why the specification must not be changed during development period to the new planning department employee.
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Which stages of the requirements analysis process in mobile requirements engineering are the most challenging ones? [closed]

I'm doing a research on formulating a requirements analysis model as a stage of requirements engineering for mobile-application development by considering the limitations and the needs of it ( ...
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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 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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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 ...