You understand the importance of clear, effective engineering requirements when it comes to delivering a project on time and within budget. But even experienced professionals can struggle to create requirements that are comprehensive, testable, and implementation-neutral.
In this blog post, we’ll dive into the 8 most important tactics for writing better requirements that ensure project success.
After this short 7-minute read, you will be equipped with the tools you need to write infallible requirements that are clear, concise, and effective.
1. Be consistent with imperatives
The use of imperatives in engineering requirements is a debated topic. Most requirement writers use “shall” as a binding provision, “should” or “may” for non-binding provisions, and “will” for declarations of purpose.
Some use “must” to express constraints and non-functional requirements.
It’s important to agree on the usage of these terms within an organization and document it in the requirements document template. In general, use one provision or declaration of purpose consistently for each requirement.
Our requirements writing software, QVscribe, detects improper imperative usage and will quickly help your team write correct declarations of purpose: