Software Requirements

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Microsoft Press, Nov 30, 2009 - Computers - 544 pages
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Without formal, verifiable software requirements—and an effective system for managing them—the programs that developers think they’ve agreed to build often will not be the same products their customers are expecting. In SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS, Second Edition, requirements engineering authority Karl Wiegers amplifies the best practices presented in his original award-winning text?now a mainstay for anyone participating in the software development process.

In this book, you’ll discover effective techniques for managing the requirements engineering process all the way through the development cycle—including dozens of techniques to facilitate that all-important communication between users, developers, and management. This updated edition features new case examples, anecdotes culled from the author’s extensive consulting career, and specific Next Steps for putting the book’s process-improvement principles into practice. You’ll also find several new chapters, sample documents, and an incisive troubleshooting guide.

Discover how to:

  • Set achievable expectations for functionality and quality
  • NEW: Incorporate business rules into application development
  • Employ use cases to discover user requirements
  • Arrest creeping requirements and manage change requests
  • NEW: Deal with requirements on maintenance, outsourced, and package solution projects
  • Curb the impulse to “gold-plate” your programs
  • NEW: Grow effective requirements analysts
  • Cut revisions—and costs—dramatically
  • Produce better software!

No matter what kind of software you build, or what your role in the development process, SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS, Second Edition, delivers expert guidance and field-tested techniques for engineering software success.

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Review: Software Requirements: Practical Techniques for Gathering and Managing Requirements Throughout the Product Development Cycle

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Great choice as your first in BA Read full review

Review: Software Requirements: Practical Techniques for Gathering and Managing Requirements Throughout the Product Development Cycle

User Review  - Norm - Goodreads

I took this out of the library and then bought a copy for my office. It has been a great guide over the years. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Karl E. Wiegers is Principal Consultant with Process Impact, a software process consulting and education company based in Portland, Oregon. Previously, he spent 18 years at Eastman Kodak Company, where he held positions as a photographic research scientist, software developer, software manager, and software process and quality improvement leader. He led process improvement activities for small teams, for a division of 500 software engineers building Kodak's digital imaging products, and for the Kodak Internet development group. As a consultant and trainer, Karl has worked with more than 100 companies in many different industry sectors and government agencies at all levels on requirements engineering, software peer reviews, process improvement, and project management. Karl received a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois. He has served on the Editorial Board for IEEE Software magazine and as a Contributing Editor for Software Development magazine. Karl is the author of numerous books, including a memoir of life lessons titled "Pearls from Sand: How Small Encounters Lead to Powerful Lessons." He has written nearly 200 articles on many aspects of software development and management, chemistry, and military history. He is a frequent speaker at software conferences, public seminars, and professional society meetings. Karl's websites include,, and