How to Specify Software Requirements in Non-Technical Terms

When it comes to software development, the details are everything.

Clear communication between business owners and developers
is essential for successful project completion.

Unfortunately, many business owners who aren’t tech-savvy
don’t know how to explain their software needs
in a way that a developer can understand.

This blog post will discuss how you can quickly and easily
specify software requirements in non-technical terms.


Understand Your Needs
Before you can start figuring out what your software needs to do,
You need to know what your needs are.

Start by creating a list of all the tasks
that you want your new system or application to be able to do.

For example,
if you want a customer database system,
list all the features and functions, such as:
Search capability, data entry forms, etc.,
that need to be included in your system.

Once you have an understanding of exactly what needs the software should fulfill,
It’s time to move on to defining how those needs should be met.
This is where specifying your requirements comes into play.


Focus on Results
When specifying software requirements,
focus on what results need to be achieved rather than how they are achieved.

This will help ensure that potential developers have the
freedom to determine their own approach when creating the application or system.

For example,
instead of saying “The search feature must use an SQL query”
say something like “The search feature must allow users to find information quickly and accurately”.

Avoid using technical jargon whenever possible
and explain some definitions that may be confusing.
as this may cause issues with comprehension
among people who are not from your business domain.


Be Clear & Concise
When specifying your requirements make sure they are clear and concise
so there is no room for misinterpretation or confusion.

The more detailed your description is the better.
but make sure it isn’t overly long or full of unnecessary fluff;
keep it short and sweet!


Involve Stakeholders Early On
Finally, involve stakeholders early on in the process
so there aren’t any surprises down the line
due to miscommunication or misunderstanding
between parties involved in project development.

Have stakeholders review requirement specifications before they are finalized
so they can provide feedback on any changes or additions needed
before moving forward with developing a solution based on those specs.

In conclusion
Specifying software requirements in non-technical terms can seem overwhelming at first,
but with some planning and preparation, it doesn’t have to be complicated!

Understanding your needs clearly before writing out descriptions for each requirement is critical,
as is focusing on results rather than processes when writing out descriptions
for each requirement so potential developers have flexibility
when approaching problem-solving methods for building out solutions based on those specs.

And finally,
don’t forget to involve stakeholders early on throughout this entire process
so everyone involved knows exactly what’s expected from them during the development
which will prevent any nasty surprises down the line!

By following these tips and using SpecBite’s platform,
you’ll be well on your way towards having successful project completion every time!

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