requirement documentation

More on Software Requirements and Recipes

When reading Michael’s post, The Recipe for Success in Cooking…up Software Requirements, I began thinking about other parallels between recipes and software requirements. My grandmother made great watermelon pickles.  Everyone in the family loved them.  My mother decided to learn how to make them and got Grandma to send her …

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10 Tips for Avoiding Reviewer Fatigue

I’ve recently been reviewing a work product that is, frankly, a mess.  Unfortunately, I feel like I’m not providing valuable feedback.  I’ve spent my energy and time straightening out the  confusing weeds, and now have nothing left to look for the real issues and misses.  At Seilevel we have a …

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Don’t Baseline and Change Control Requirements

Number 6 in the series, “How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot: 7 ways to do software requirements poorly to set your project up for failure and what to do instead.” Short-change Time Spent on Software Requirements or Don’t do Them at All Don’t Listen to Your Customer’s Needs Don’t …

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RML® Model 4 – Data Dictionary

When creating a data dictionary, it is critical not to design with it.  You should not be attempting to create a database nor should you be showing the relationships of data.  This will be a detailed description of the data involved in your project.  It will also be one of …

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Software Requirements And The Use Of Weasel Words

Number 4 in the series, “How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot: 7 ways to do software requirements poorly to set your project up for failure and what to do instead.” Short-change Time Spent on Software Requirements or Don’t do Them at All Don’t Listen to Your Customer’s Needs Don’t …

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Seilevel was quoted in a recent Forrester Research article

Seilevel was quoted in a recent Forrester Research article. Check it out here.  Best Practices: Your Ten-Step Program To Improve Requirements And Deliver. Overview: High-quality software requirements sit at the foundation of good software deliverables — those that meet business needs, satisfy customers, and fit into existing technology architectures. Yet …

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Getting Ramped Up

Luckily I have been working fairly consistently with the same client lately. This means that I haven’t had to constantly jot down notes during meetings on things to look up afterward, find corporate maps so I don’t get lost in symmetrical buildings with no windows, or remember not to call …

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Software Requirements Specification Template

We’ve just updated our suggested business requirements document template, though it can be used as a template for any type of requirements specification. You can find it here on our Resources page. One thing we strongly suggest is that you create and update requirements within a requirements management tool and …

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Project Pulse – Constraint Tracker

I was just wrapping up a project co-writing a 90 page requirements document for a client and I am so proud of my work! Unfortunately our statement of work with the client says that we would only document at most 45 pages estimated at 3 pages per requirement. With this …

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