Writing Requirements PDF download by Jan H. Barkhed

Writing Requirements

Publication date: April 2012
Digital Book format: PDF (DRM-Free)


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Writing Requirements is a practical guide to the most undervalued craftsmanship of writing clear and understandable requirements. Having a well-written Requirements Specification in a Software Engineering project can often be the difference between failure and success. As much as 70% of all IT projects fail to deliver what the customer expects, with severe consequences for the future business. The advices in this book have been successfully practiced in numerous software projects in the Aerospace and Telecom industry for many years. The book can be used as a cookbook by any one who works in Systems Engineering, Requirements Engineering, Software Engineering, Test Engineering, Quality Assurance, or even Project Management.

The book treats the following subjects:

• Why requirements are identified individually in the RS;
• What form to use when writing requirements;
• How to use Rationales to give requirements a context;
• The usage of conjunctions;
• Explaining requirements through examples;
• Using references in requirements;
• Using bullets, lists and tables to give structure;
• Using figures in requirements;
• The problem with subordinate clauses;
• Safe and unsafe word classes;
• The usage of pronouns and expressions of inexact quantities;
• And more ...

The book also contains a chapter about document layout and what to think of when requirements are presented to a reader.
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