Writing requirements documents


The main question that pops up is what to write for your requirements documents.  In my team, we need to provide a Business Requirements Specifications (BRS) document and a Functional Requirements Specifications (FRS) document.

What’s BRS and what’s FRS?  How do these two documents differ?

Explanation on the differences between a few requirements documents can be found here.  There’s another page that explains the differences really good, particularly on how the BRS should be written:

Quote Conrad van Dyk:

1.The BRS should not be on a “broad level” unless that was your specific mandate. A proper BRS should be as specific as possible (hence the term “specification”).

2.The BRS should answer the “what is needed” question ONLY. I found that users/clients would sometimes insist on having specific design requirements in this document. I always advise such clients that I will rather draft the FRS containing that type of detail.

3.The BRS should always be in a format that the business will understand and should contain narration and diagrams that will make sense to the user/client. This might sometimes require you to be creative with regards to modelling (but being creative is what distinguish a good BA from a not so good one).

More on the answers given by others, click here.


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A working mother turned stay-at-home mom, who is managing her two toddlers and her twin babies on her own. As like any parent, she wants to provide the quality of life to her boys. To make ends meet, she's thinking of setting up an online business. Five years has passed, her business more focused on making local delicacies, be it malay or chinese delicacies. Her western cakes and desserts are popular among customers too.

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