One of the most important parts of any software development project is creating detailed, accurate requirements. Without a clear understanding of what needs to be built, it’s impossible to create a high-quality end product. Unfortunately, writing good requirements is often easier said than done. The primary reason that people write poor requirements is that they have had no training or experience in writing good requirements. If you or your staff have problems with writing good requirements, you may benefit from guidance in how to write good requirements. The college courses you took probably never mentioned the subject of requirements. Even if you have taken classes in system engineering or program management, you may have had only an introduction to the subject of writing requirements. If you are using existing specifications for guidance, you may be using poor examples. By taking the time to learn how to write better requirements, you can improve the overall quality of your software development projects – and save yourself a lot of headaches down the road.
Why do Systems Engineering Projects Fail?
Why do projects in heavy regulated industries fail? Many researchers have investigated why do systems and software projects fails. The Standish Group conducted a research in 2009, in which highlights that most reasons of projects fail are related to requirements.
That is one of the main reasons on why writing good requirements is crucial for project success. Additionally, writing good requirements brings many other benefits across teams.
What are the characteristics of a Great Requirement?
Good requirements are necessary, verifiable, and attainable. They are necessary in that they state something that is needed in order for a goal to be met. Good requirements are verifiable in that they can be checked by examination, analysis, test, or demonstration. Good requirements are attainable in that they are achievable given the resources and constraints of the project. Good requirements should also be clearly stated. This means that they should be free of ambiguity and easily understood by all parties involved in the project. Good requirements are an essential part of successful project management.
How to Write Great Requirements- Webinar Training
During this webinar training, you will learn:
- The best practices, methods and technics for Writing Great Requirements
- How to avoid 5 common mistakes when writing Great Quality Requirements
- The art of Writing Great Requirements: Writing Great Requirements is a lot like Writing Great Code
- How to Measure the Quality of Requirements: All the conditions and capabilities that must be present in a requirement
- and much more!