How to Capture Software User Requirements

How to Capture Software User Requirements

Plain English guide based on IEEE Std 830

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Author: David Tuffley
Length: 16 page(s)
Written: Apr 2011
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Category: Computer & IT » Projekt Management  |  Work: Guidebook
Keywords: software user requirements, requirements list, software development project, project management, software quality, SUR, SURAC, software user requirements and acceptance criteria

Practical guide for software development project managers and staff

I N T R O D U C T I O N

Understanding the user's real requirements, rather than their requirements as perceived by the IS developer, is absolutely critical to the development of successful information systems.

To achieve a high level of IS quality (user-friendliness), it is essential that the statement of user requirements be developed in the correct way. If this is done, the software that is produced will meet the user's needs, and will lead to user satisfaction. If it is not done, the software is likely to not meet the user's requirements, even if the software conforms with the specification and has few defects.

How to Capture IS User Requirements is an easy to use, step-by-step procedural guide to developing high quality, effective statement of user requirements for information systems. It contains the following topics:

An outline of the requirements capture process
Developing the Requirements List (RL)
Developing the Statement of User Requirements
Developing the Interface Control Document (ICD)
Developing the Software Requirements Specification
Obtaining Sign-off

How to Capture IS User Requirements relies on the proven methods outlined in IEEE Std 830-1984 Guide to Software Requirements Specifications and IEEE Std P1233 - 1992 Guide for Developing System Requirements Specification. It is written in 'plain English' and contains added features to enable project staff with average literacy skills to effectively develop a comprehensive statement of user requirements.

W H A T C A N Y O U A C H I E V E ?

With this comprehensive guide to the preparation of the requirements capture documents, you will learn how:

the Requirements List is produced by the customer to effectively describe the features and capabilities required by a proposed system.
the Statement of User Requirements document is developed, based on the Requirements List.
content is developed.
the Requirements List and Statement of User Requirements are formatted.
the Review/Approval process is performed.

By using How to Capture IS User Requirements you can achieve the following.

to achieve consistency across Requirements Lists which are derived from different sources. The resulting consistency allows for a more objective assessment of the requirements.
a statement of user requirements which can be effectively used as the basis for the development of a detailed user requirement specification.
project staff have the means to identify and follow the processes involved with the Requirements Capture Process.
to furnish a guide to the format and contents of the Requirements List.


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Dr. David Tuffley is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics and SocioTechnical Studies at Griffith University’s School of ICT. A regular contributor to mainstream media on the social impact of technology, David is a recognized expert in his field. Before academia David worked as an IT Consultant in Australia and the United Kingdom, a role he continues to perform when not educating the next generation of IT professionals. David is an engaging science communicator of many years experience, David was a guest panelist in the 2017 World Science Festival and a wide variety of high profile public events.

David's academic background includes fields as diverse as Psychology, Anthropology, Classical Rhetoric and English literature at the University of Queensland. David is an engaging professional speaker and forum moderator of many years experience.

David's formal qualifications include a PhD (Software Engineering), Master of Philosophy (Information Systems), Grad Cert in Higher Education (all from Griffith University), Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology, English Literature, Anthropology (University of Queensland)

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