Requirements writing requires a special skill set with a clear idea of the paradigm and objectives involved.
When a specific requirement is needed, it must also be attainable. To be attainable, the requirement must be technically feasible and fit within budget, schedule and other constraints. If you are uncertain about whether a requirement is technically feasible, a study may be required to determine its feasibility.
If what you want is not technically feasible or not within budget restraints, it’s no longer a requirement but rather a goal.
In requirements writing (as in good writing in general), authors should strive for clarity. Each requirement should express a single thought, be concise and simple. It is important that the requirement not be misunderstood — it must be unambiguous. Simple sentences will most often suffice for a good requirement.
Ideally, every requirement statement (written from the user’s perspective) should contain:
- A user role that benefits from the requirement
- A desirable state that the user role wants to achieve
- A metric that allows the requirement to be tested, where applicable
Requirements help communicate and define customer needs and problems. Through requirements gathering, stakeholders can establish a consensus on what is needed for customers’ problems to be solved. The process also can provide a basis for estimates, timelines, and, if used effectively, help prevent failures — which saves money.
Requirements Writing Courses by Tonex
Tonex offers a good assortment of requirements writing courses, such as our fundamentals Requirements Writing Training Course / Specification Writing Training, which addresses the techniques used to write, validate and verify requirements and convert them to technical design specifications. This course is especially useful for learning the basic tools necessary to write effective system design specifications.
Another popular course, Model Based Requirements Engineering | MBRE, introduces participants to model-based requirements engineering and management by providing various perspectives that shaped the fundamentals and principals of this technique.
Several Tonex requirements writing courses are profession-specific such as CSI Spec Writing Training, a 3-day writing course covering all aspects of Contract Specifications and Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Master Format.
Also check out our 2-day Specifications Writing for Engineers | Workshop, a multidisciplinary training introducing the principles that apply to effective specification writing. This is a practical two-day interactive program reviewing good specification guideline, road maps, exercises, examples, case studies, group projects and discussions.
Why Choose Tonex?
Tonex has been a leader in technology and advanced business training classes and seminars for nearly three decades. Our world class instructors are specialists in their fields with real world, practical experience.
And we’re flexible. Tonex courses can be tailored to the specific needs of organizations, businesses and agencies.
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