SMART requirements

Mike Mannion, Barry Keepence
1995 Software engineering notes  
Systems Analysis, or as it is increasingly known as today, Requirements Engineering, is a time consuming, expensive but critical phase in software (and system) development. The "perfect" Requirements Specification should exhibit a number of qualities including correcmess, completeness and consistency. Within a Requirements Specification individual requirements at the microscopic level should be justified, clear, unambiguous and verifiable. However, in many eases Systems Analysts or Requirements
more » ... Engineers describe requirements which fall short of these demands. In addition, outside reviewers faced with presenting an independent qualitative assessment of a Requirements Specification have few guidelines to assist them. In this paper we present a simple technique, borrowed from objective setting in Management Psychology, to assist the construction and evaluation of individual requirements.
doi:10.1145/224155.224157 fatcat:shwqj75vjjfs3pu7mrfg6n6mtu