Re: writing functional specs?

Subject: Re: writing functional specs?
From: "Lurker writer" <lurker_writer -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 07:06:03 -0500

I think the conversation has drifted off target. The original post was about writing functional specs (aka requirements specs, not design. If you're interviewing SMEs about a "design," you aren't talking about functional/requirements'd better be interviewing customers.

Your description about how you work with an engineer(s) who "proposes a design" (assuming you're talking about design specs) sounds more like an SOP for any document. Specs are different animals. The design spec is a daughter document of the functional/requirement spec, and should be reviewed against the criteria in that document that the internal/external customer has signed off to. Ideally, those folks you have reviewing the design spec were also involved in the development of the functional/requirements spec, as well as those responsible for implementing the design.

If you really want to have fun with specs, try getting on the team that develops the functional/requirements spec and stay with them through the design spec/document, architectural spec, statement of work or product implementation plan...

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