Thursday, March 02, 2006

Suspect Requirements

Any of the following specifications in a requirements document for an end-user product is a red flag indicating that your product manager has delved into design:

  • user log-in and log-out - specifies that the product will have users log in and log out for security reasons
  • CRUD - specifies that the product will enable users to create, read, update, and delete information
  • support for tags - specifies that the product will enable users to tag information to facilitate future retrieval of information
  • user interface widgets - specifies components included in the product's user interface
  • user manual - specifies what will go into the user manual for the product
  • support - specifies how the product will be supported

All of this information is appropriate in a user interface or high-level design specification, but generally not in the requirements document for an end-user product.

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