Define Requirements

Define requirements: the stepping stones to an incredible product

Software development — aka probably our favorite thing ever — is a process of discovering needs and developing solutions through, you guessed it, software. Once that software is developed, however, it needs supporting descriptions and explanations in order to be understood by investors, stakeholders, and, most importantly, the end users.

Requirements are vital to digital products

Build requirements specify what features a product should include and how those features should work. They help to define the test criteria, which is vital for verification and validation.

Inventive’s team of experts can create thorough build requirements for your software product so that you can further confirm your understanding of users’ needs and your ability to provide it for them.

Build requirements in action

Our build requirements will ultimately help you better identify your current technological problem in need of a solution, as well as a thorough description of how your product or software can solve that problem.

Let’s take a look at the different categories of build requirements we will address and provide you during this process:

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Functional Requirements

These define the features being provided by the software and what the software needs to accomplish. We will make sure they are traceable to both system and market requirements and include “happy path” and error handling. Typically, functional requirements will be discussed between the stakeholders and our team of engineers.

User Interface Requirements
Capability Requirements

These describe the performance requirements, timing requirements, and computing environment limitations (memory size, etc.)

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Software Inputs and Outputs and Data Requirements

These represent what data being input is acceptable, including the type of data (numerical, alpha-numeric, etc.), ranges, limits and defaults, and associated data output. These also describe the data storage requirements and event logging requirements.

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Software System Interface Requirements

These describe what external interfaces and connections must be supported by the software and provide detail of what will be supported.

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Security Requirements

These explain what is required of authentication, authorization, audit trails, and data protection.

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Risk Control Requirements

These are the mitigations that were assigned to the software in the hazard analysis.

Installation and Maintenance Requirements

These include requirements to allow for installation and acceptance of the software for the production device. These also include upgrade requirements, service requirements, self-test requirements.

What makes Inventive's build requirements stand out from the rest?

There are many ways to create a build requirement document, but we think ours is the best.

For one, each and every requirement is unambiguous and error-proof. We believe in full-transparency — nothing should be left to interpretation.

Secondly, we work hard to ensure that our build requirements document is consistent and complete. We avoid duplication at all costs so that you don’t end up with inconsistencies as requirements change. Like the software itself, the document we provide you needs to be maintainable.

And lastly, each of our requirements is verifiable and traceable. We make sure that our test activities can trace back to the requirements, equipping them with identifiers that do not change when we add requirements or rearrange the document.

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Build requirements are the backbone of any software development project. They lay the foundation and guidelines all parties involved in the project should follow.

Build requirement - Success stories

Build requirements establish a foundation for product vision, scope, cost, and schedule, and they ultimately must target finished product quality and performance. We’ve helped clients from all business types and industries do just that. Here are just a few of our build requirement success stories.

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Our arsenal of build requirement tools

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