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Is the Requirement Verifiable?

Posted on: February 11th, 2013 by Lou Wheatcraft No Comments

This is another common question.  It is also a major complaint of both developers and testers.  Developers often receive requirements from their customers that are not verifiable.  How many times do we see requirements like the following: “The system shall … Read More

Do we really need all these requirements?

Posted on: January 25th, 2013 by Lou Wheatcraft No Comments

We are often asked this question.  It is common to see cases where projects over specify their requirements for a product.  In one of our classes, we were told that one government organization had defined over 4,000 requirements for a … Read More

Traceability – Multiple Parent Requirements – Update

Posted on: December 31st, 2012 by Lou Wheatcraft 1 Comment

We were asked by one of our clients the following question via our Ask the Experts page:  “Can a child requirement have more than one parent requirement?” More recently we received a similar question: “At our company, we take stakeholder … Read More

Use of Passive Voice When Writing Requirements

Posted on: November 16th, 2012 by Lou Wheatcraft No Comments

We were recently asked the following question from one of our clients concerning the use of passive vs active voice when writing requirements: “Is passive voice not allowed to state a requirement? Our engineers usually use passive voice to write … Read More

Using the correct terms – Shall, Will, Should

Posted on: October 9th, 2012 by Lou Wheatcraft 18 Comments

I received a request to address the correct use of terms when writing requirements. “Lou, Here is a question for you and your blog readers:  Customers have been known to want to include “non-mandatory” requirements in their specs.  (One even … Read More