Imagine planning a family trip to an unfamiliar city. Very often, parents and children may have different ideas of getting the most out of the trip, sadly, most of them do not come up with a detailed plan that can satisfy everyone. We software engineers also embark on a new project with a good guide, or else, we would wander far from the project objectives.
Build the right thing
Very often, there is a mismatch between customers’ requirements and expectations of a software product and engineers’ interpretations of what they need to do. The gap between what is delivered and what is actually needed can cause a huge waste of time and money, both for software companies and their clients. It is, therefore, indispensable that every project needs a requirement analysis document as an agreement between the stakeholders such as the clients and end-users, and the project manager. This document will lead to not only precise and measurable expectations and scope definition of a software product but also resolutions of conflict or ambiguity in users’ requirements. By breaking down clients’ requirements into specific and actionable tasks, a thorough requirement analysis document helps the project manager mobilize the right resources for the project. Therefore, requirement analysis should not be viewed merely as the very step to get started before embarking on a project; the team needs to set up a complete requirement analysis process that is comprehensible, measurable, and at the same time, effective.
Requirement Analysis Process
What is the best approach toward successful requirement analysis? Luckily, there are well-recognized broad steps that can you can follow to achieve the highest level of product success.
Step 1: Stakeholders’ Information Gathering
Clients hold the ultimate authority to change or influence the process of the project. Therefore, it’s essential for us to discuss with them to understand their nature of business. We also collect information about the system’s intended end-users by means of interview or group discussions. The information will then be compiled so that we can see an exact overall picture.
Step 2: Requirements Gathering & Scope Definition
From the information gathered, we will discuss with stakeholders to study their requirements by means of in-person meetings, emails and video conferencing. Based on stakeholder’s requirements and purposes, we will determine the scope and boundary in a project.
Step 3: Requirement Analysis
Post gathering requirements and defining scope, we will come up with a requirement list with regard to priority and relevance to the project. This is to help clients know what they will achieve and for the project manager and software developers to get a clear picture of what they are expected ahead.
Step 4: Software Requirement Documentation
After the capturing and analyzing the data, they are produced into a software requirement documentation, serving as the rule book for the project, which will be sent to development teams and stakeholders to make sure they all adhere to project objectives.
The requirement analysis doesn’t necessarily end here!
Step 5: Software Requirement Management
At this final step, the requirement analysis is double-checked and errors are corrected and it allows minor changes to the requirements of the software product development process.
We understand that many software development projects fail because the requirement analysis is not implemented properly, which may be an unnecessary big hindrance to your business in this highly competitive market.
TC Systems (Vietnam)’s experienced Business Analysts join from the very first stage of Software Requirement Analysis at the very beginning of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) to make sure the software solution our development teams deliver is exactly what our client need. Our BAs will work individually or in groups on a specific project. In-person meetings can be conducted at the client’s office or if they are not possible, online meeting and email will be in place. Having worked with clients both home and broadly, our BA team have effectively inferred the clients’ requirements and helped turn their ideas into practical and dependable software solutions.
At TC Systems (Vietnam), we understand that software development must be done with care right from the very first stage (Requirement Analysis). We are committed to proving our clients truly great software within reasonable time and budget so that they can bring to the market before their competitors do. Request a meeting with us to learn more about how we can help you with software development.