• Writing Better Requirements Part 2

• A variety of industries have benefited from this practice, inside and outside IT or MIS.

• Writing Pitfalls to Avoid

• Ambiguity... .

Write as clearly and explicitly as possible

• Multiple requirements... .

Requirements which contain conjuvnctions (and,with,also) often conflict. Individual parts can apply separately in different situations.

• Let out or Escape clauses... .

Requirements with: if, when, but,except,unless, altough, allow escape.

• Rambling... .

Long rambling sentences with arcane language and unreachable refenernces can lead to omissions and duplications.

• Mixing Different Kinds of Requirements....

Do not mix: user, system, business, and design requirements in documents

• Speculation...

Aviod generalizations or speculative words such as: usually, generally, often, normally, typically.

• Vague Terms....

Informal and unverifiable terms include: user-freindly, flexible, approximately, as possible, nearly

• Suggestions or Possibilities. ...

Possibiliities and suggestions are indicated with terms such as: may, should, might, could, aught, perhaps, probably

• Wishful thinking.. ..

Wishful or Impossible to meet terms include: 100% reliable. Totally safe. Handles all unexpected failures. Pleases all users. Runs on all platforms. Never fails. Fully compatiable to all future....

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