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Getting Results from Software Development Teams by Lawrence J. Peters and Lawrence Peters

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Requirements Modeling Methods

The statement of requirements represents a contract between the provider of the software and the entity paying for its development. Often, these requirements are expressed in a legalistic style with terms using constructs like this: "The system shall accommodate up to 10 users subject to the response time maximums specified in Paragraph III-A-1.4.1." Can you imagine having the requirements for the home you’re building stated in a similar way? Consider this example: "Eight-room, single-story building with attached garage. Rooms consist of one master bedroom, two smaller bedrooms, one master bathroom, one standard bathroom, a living room, a family room, and a dining room." Would you sign up to purchase a home with only ...

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