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Book : Writing Better Requirements (2002)

Writing Better Requirements


Author(s):Alexander, Ian F.Stevens, Richard

Published: 2002 • ISBN: 0321131630 • 176 pages

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From the publisher:

Well-written requirements are crucial to systems of all kinds: you are unlikely to get what you want unless you ask for it. This book explains and demonstrates exactly what requirements are for, and how to write them.

Content / Structure

Foreward by Dr. Ralph R. Young



1 Introduction

  • Why Do Requirements Matter?
  • Who Are Requirements for?
  • Different Names for Requirements
  • Different Types of Specification
  • The Challenge of Writing Better Requirements
  • The Requirements Writing Process

2 Identifying the Stakeholders

  • Different Types of Stakeholder
  • Your House Extension: a Simple Case?
  • A Practical Approach to Identifying Stakeholders

3 Gathering Requirements from Stakeholders

  • Possible Techniques
  • Interviews
  • Workshops
  • Experiencing Life as a User

4 Other sources of Requirements

  • Possible Sources
  • Getting Requirements for Mass-Market Products
  • User Requirements in Subsystem Projects

5 Structuring the Requirements

  • You Need Structure as Well as Text
  • Breaking Down the Problem Into Steps
  • Organizing Requirements Into Scenarios
  • Examples of Goal Decomposition
  • Handling Exceptions
  • Examples and Exercises in Requirement Structure

6 Requirements in Context

  • The User Requirements Document
  • Organizing the Constraints
  • Defining the Scope
  • Requirements Attributes
  • Keeping Track of the Requirements

7 Requirements Writing

  • Quality, not Perfection
  • Sketch, then Improve
  • Anatomy of a Good Requirement
  • Guidelines for Good Requirements
  • Don't Write Like This

8 Checking and Reviwing

  • 8.1 Checking the Document Structure with Users
  • 8.2 Checking the Requirements
  • 8.3 reviewing
  • 8.4 Success - the Reviewed Document


Appendix: example User requirements

Answers to Exercises


Further Reading


Copyright Pearson Education Ltd. 2002


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