Re: Software Requirements Specification

Subject: Re: Software Requirements Specification
From: Ed Wurster <glassnet -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 20:17:36 -0500

Gene Kim-Eng wrote:
> I started writing a post along these lines, i.e., product requirements
> should
> come to development from customers (usually through Marketing/Product
> Management), and every time I've seen a "requirements spec" whose
> contents came from developers it was really a "functional description,"
> and in most cases the resulting product was a spectacular failure.

> However, upon re-reading the original post, I *think* the
> "requirements" spec being asked about actually *is* the functional
> description, that is, the product requirement proposal, the heart
> attacks and the negotiations have all taken place, now what modules
> does Engineering have to create and how will they all have to work
> together in order to do what the product requirments we just agreed
> to (or had imposed on us from above) say our product has to do?

Great point, Gene.

>From the article:

"An SRS is basically an organization's understanding (in writing) of a
customer or potential client's system requirements and dependencies
at a particular point in time (usually) prior to any actual design or
development work."

I was in a special place where I found functional descriptions being
written as if they were SRS. The article provided a creative spark for
me.

SRS comes first.

--
Ed Wurster (Voorhees, NJ)
Tech Tips Blog
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Follow-Ups:

References:
RE: Software Requirements Specification: From: Ashaki K. Hamlett
Re: Software Requirements Specification: From: Bill Swallow
Re: Software Requirements Specification: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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