How to write my Software Requirements Specifications document

Software Requirements Specification SRS THE SRS PROJECT DOCUMENT TITLE Author Title company name

current date Document Version Control Information V 1. 0 1. Introduction. 1 Purpose of This Document. Insert the purpose of this document and its intended audience. 1 Scope of Document. Insert description of the scope of this Software Requirement Specification

1. 21 Scope Constraints. Insert constraints such as schedules costs interactions overview or any other information relevant to the construction of the development requirements. 1 Overview. Insert an overview or brief description of the product software or other desired end result. 1 Business Context. Insert an overview of the business or organization desiring the development of this project. Include the business or organizations mission statement and its organizational goals and objectives. 2. General Description. 2 Product Functions.

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Document Length: 14 Pages

Usage: Detailed software requirements

The Software Requirements Specifications document is designed to outline detailed software specifications. Includes functional requirements, interface requirements, performance requirements, design constraints, additional attributes, domain analysis, operational scenarios, preliminary schedule, preliminary budget and appendices.

You can use this document as part of the Exhibit B - Specifications attachment to your development contract. For example, all development contracts reference Exhibit B, where you define your specifications. The Exhibit B document is very generic, so for detailed software specifications you can incorporate this SRS document into the Exhibit B attached to your contract.

 

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How to write my Software Requirements Specifications document

Software Requirements Specification SRS THE SRS PROJECT DOCUMENT TITLE Author Title company name

current date Document Version Control Information V 1. 0 1. Introduction. 1 Purpose of This Document. Insert the purpose of this document and its intended audience. 1 Scope of Document. Insert description of the scope of this Software Requirement Specification

1. 21 Scope Constraints. Insert constraints such as schedules costs interactions overview or any other information relevant to the construction of the development requirements. 1 Overview. Insert an overview or brief description of the product software or other desired end result. 1 Business Context. Insert an overview of the business or organization desiring the development of this project. Include the business or organizations mission statement and its organizational goals and objectives. 2. General Description. 2 Product Functions.

Insert description of the functionality of the product. 2 Similar System Information. Insert description of the relationship between this product and any other product or product ; whether the product shall be stand alone product or whether the product shall be used as component or to support another program or programs. This section is intended to discuss the relationships between the above mentioned items. 2 User Characteristics. Insert description of the characteristics of the typical user or user community that this product serves or will serve. Include features that the user or user community currently uses or expects. Include current relevant features and describe the expected experience level and familiarity with similar software systems applications or other programs and program use. 2 User Problem Statement.

Insert user problem statement that describes the essential problem currently being faced by the intended user community. 2 User Objectives. Insert the objectives and requirements for the product from the users perspective. The user objectives section may also include wish list of features or functionality that the user want and how that relates to the business context 2 General Constraints. Insert the general constraints placed upon the developers including hardware requirements schedule requirements industry protocols or standards to be met or any other constraint placed upon the development of the product. 3. Functional Requirements. This section describes the functional requirements ranked in order of importance. Here you will describe what the product must accomplish; what other component requirements must accomplish; the requirements for Interface Scalability Performance Compatibility or other components of the product; and how the product fulfills these requirements. Each functional requirement should be specified in format similar to the following. Functional Requirement #1 Name

3 Description. complete description of the functional requirement. 3 Criticality. description of how critical this functional requirement is to the overall product. 3 Technical Issues. description of issues related to the design development or integration of this functional requirement. 3 Cost Summary and Schedules. description of the costs and timelines associated with this functional requirement.

3 Risks. description of the risks and possible circumstances under which this functional requirement may not be able to be met. Include provisions the developers must take in order to overcome this risk. 3 Dependencies with other requirements. description of the various interactions between this requirement and other functional requirements. Here you will insert statements concerning the impact of these dependencies and the impact on the ranking of requirements. Functional Requirement #2 Name Repeat the section above for more requirements. 4. Interface Requirements. This section describes both how the product will interface with other software products or dependencies or with end users for input and output.

4 User Interfaces. Describes how this the end user interfaces with the product. 4. Graphical User Interface GUI. Describes the graphical user interface or whether another system is required to provide the GUI. Include mock ups or screenshots of the user interface features. Describe all navigation systems hierarchy of menus sub menus buttons and all other relevant GUI features of the product. 4. Command Line Interface CLI. Describes the command line interface if present. For each command description of all arguments and example values and invocations should be provided. 4. Application Programming Interface API. Describes the application programming interface if present. For each public interface function the name arguments return values examples of invocation and interactions with other functions should be provided.

4. Debugging and Diagnostics. Describes the process required for the product to return troubleshooting debugging or other diagnostic data and feedback. 4 Hardware Interfaces. description of all interfaces to hardware or hardware devices. 4 Communications Interfaces.

description of all communication and network interfaces. 4 Software Interfaces. description of all software interfaces. 5. Performance Requirements. Insert specific performance requirements. 6. Design Constraints. Insert specific design constraints including compliance with specific standards and constraints on design due to hardware limitations.

7. Other Non Functional Attributes. A description of other non functional attributes required by the product. Examples. 7 Security. Insert the attributes description here. 7 Binary Compatibility. Insert the attributes description here.

7 Reliability. Insert the attributes description here. 7 Maintainability. Insert the attributes description here. 7 Portability. Insert the attributes description here.

7 Extensibility. Insert the attributes description here. 7 Reusability. Insert the attributes description here. 7 Application Compatibility. Insert the attributes description here.

7 Resource Utilization. Insert the attributes description here. 7. 10 Serviceability. Insert the attributes description here. 8. Preliminary Object Oriented Domain Analysis. A description or list of the fundamental objects required to be modeled within the product in order to satisfy its requirements. The goal is to create structural view on the requirements and how they may be satisfied. This section deals primarily with higher level programming and functional requirements AND may be safely omitted for projects not concerned with Object Oriented Domain Analysis OODA. This section should not be removed from your SRS Document. Instead you should include an entry such as. No Object Oriented Domain Analysis Requirement. 8 Inheritance Relationships.

description of primary inheritance hierarchy. Include diagrams graphs or other UML examples to further illustrate such relationships. 8 Class descriptions. description of each class identified during the OODA. Include more detailed description of each class. The description of each class should be organized as follows. 8. Insert the Class name identifier 8. 2. Abstract or Concrete. Indicates whether this class is abstract designed only as parent from which subclasses may be derived or concrete suitable to be instantiated.

8. 2. List of Superclasses. Lists the class from which another class subclass inherits. 8. 2. List of Subclasses. Lists the class that is derived from base class by inheritance. The new class contains all the features of the base class but may have new features added or existing features redefined. 8. 2. Purpose. Lists the purpose of the class. 8. 2. Collaborations. Lists the names of each class that this class must interact with and how it must interact in order to accomplish its purpose. 8. 2. Attributes.

Lists each attribute associated with each instance of this class and indicates examples of possible values or range of values. 8. 2. Operations. Lists each operation able to be invoked upon instances of this class. 8. 2. Constraints. Lists the constraints and restrictions upon the behavior of instances of this class. 9. Operational Scenarios. description of the various scenarios that an end user may experience when using the product under certain conditions or situations. Scenarios are not considered to be functional requirements rather they are used to help set parameters and expectations for the use of the product under these conditions or situations. 10. Preliminary Schedule.

description of the project schedule and timeline for completion. The project plan should include all major tasks who is responsible for the completion of such tasks what the interdependencies of each task are and what the start and completion of each task will be. You should also include vendor information and requirements of such that affect the schedule and timeline. 11. Preliminary Budget. description of the cost summary and an attachment of the initial line item and itemized budget for the project. 12. Appendices. A description of all other supporting information for understanding these requirements. All SRS documents require the following two appendices. 12 Definitions Acronyms Abbreviations.

description of the definitions of important terms abbreviations and acronyms. May also include Glossary. 12 References. listing of all citations to all documents and meetings referenced or used in the preparation of this requirements document. Customer Initials Developers Initials

How to write my Web Development Contract (Developer Centered) document (alternate or related contract document)

WEB SITE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT THIS AGREEMENT is made this current day day of current month current year by and between company name Developers and company name Customer Recitals A. Developers have experience and expertise in the development of web sites. B. Customer desires to have Developers develop web site for them. C. Developers desire to develop Customers Web Site on the terms and conditions set forth herein the Web Site Agreements In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in this Agreement Customer and Developers hereby agree as follows.

1. Development of Web Site. Developers agree to develop the Web Site according to the terms listed on Exhibit attached hereto. 2. Specifications. Developers agree to develop the Web Site pursuant to the specifications set forth in Exhibit attached hereto the Specifications 3. Delivery of Web Site. Developers will use reasonable diligence in the development of the Web Site and endeavor to deliver to Customer an operational Web Site no later than delivery date. Customer acknowledges however that this delivery deadline and the other payment milestones listed in Exhibit are estimates and are not required delivery dates. Developers will be retaining the source code for the entire project and providing Customer with the output formats only. The output is to be used only within the scope of the project as outlined in Exhibit and does not included the following. Multiplying the site across other domains or servers creating new web sites based on the code selling the code relinquishment of copyright by Developers in any way. Customer shall retain all of its intellectual property rights in any text images or other components it owns and transmits to Developers for use in the Web Site.

4. Ownership Rights. Customer shall retain all of its intellectual property rights in any text images or other components it owns and transmits to Developers for use in the Web Site. Customer shall hold the copyright for the agreed upon version of the Web Site as delivered and Customers copyright notice may be displayed in the final version. Developers shall hold all right title and interest in and to the source code programming and original artwork created for the project. Specifically but without limitation Developer shall hold rights title and interest in and to. 1 all text graphics animation audio components and digital components of the Web Site the Content created by Developers 2 all interfaces navigational devices menus menu structures or arrangements icons help and other operational instructions and all other components of any source or object computer code that comprises the Web Site created by Developers

3 all literal and nonliteral expressions of ideas that operate cause create direct manipulate access or otherwise affect the content created by Developers 4 all copyrights patents trade secrets and other intellectual or industrial property rights in the Web Site or any component or characteristic thereof created by Developers. Customer shall not do anything that may infringe upon or in any way undermine Developers right title and interest in the Web Site as described in this paragraph 5. Compensation. For all of Developers services under this Agreement Customer shall compensate Developers in cash pursuant to the terms of Exhibit attached hereto. In the event Customer fails to make any of the payments referenced in Exhibit by the deadline set forth in Exhibit Developers have the right but are not obligated to pursue any or all of the following remedies. terminate the Agreement remove content from servers owned by Developers bring legal action. 6. Confidentiality. Customer and Developers acknowledge and agree that the Specifications and all other documents and information related to the development of the Web Site the Confidential Information will constitute valuable trade secrets of Developers. Customer shall keep the Confidential Information in confidence and shall not at any time during or after the term of this Agreement without Developers prior written consent disclose or otherwise make available to anyone either directly or indirectly all or any part of the Confidential Information. Excluded from the Confidential Information definition is anything that can be seen by the public on the Web Site when each page of the Web Site is first accessed. 7. Limited Warranty and Limitation on Damages. Developers warrant the Web Site will conform to the Specifications. If the Web Site does not conform to the Specifications Developers shall be responsible to correct the Web Site without unreasonable delay at Developers sole expense and without charge to Customer to bring the Web Site into conformance with the Specifications. This warranty shall be the exclusive warranty available to Customer. Customer waives any other warranty express or implied. Customer acknowledges that Developers do not warrant that the Web Site will work on all platforms. Customer acknowledges that Developers are not responsible for the results obtained by Customer on the Web Site. Customer waives any claim for damages direct or indirect and agrees that its sole and exclusive remedy for damages either in contract or tort is the return of the consideration paid to Developers as set forth in Exhibit attached hereto.

8. Independent Contractor. Developers are retained as independent contractors. Developers will be fully responsible for payment of their own income taxes on all compensation earned under this Agreement. Customer will not withhold or pay any income tax social security tax or any other payroll taxes on Developers behalf. Developers understand that they will not be entitled to any fringe benefits that Customer provides for its employees generally or to any statutory employment benefits including without limitation workers compensation or unemployment insurance. 9. Equipment. Customer agrees to make available to Developers for Developers use in performing the services required by this Agreement such items of hardware and software as Customer and Developers may agree are reasonably necessary for such purpose. 10. General Provisions. 10 Entire Agreement.

This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and supersedes any and all prior agreements or understandings written or oral between the parties related to the subject matter hereof. No modification of this Agreement shall be valid unless made in writing and signed by both of the parties hereto. 10 Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of state or province. Exclusive jurisdiction and venue shall be in the county County state or province Superior Court. 10 Binding Effect. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of Customer and Developers and their respective successors and assigns provided that Developers may not assign any of his obligations under this Agreement without Customers prior written consent.

10 Waiver. The waiver by either party of any breach or failure to enforce any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement at any time shall not in any way affect limit or waive such partys right thereafter to enforce and compel strict compliance with every term and condition of this Agreement. 10 Good Faith. Each party represents and warrants to the other that such party has acted in good faith and agrees to continue to so act in the negotiation execution delivery performance and any termination of this Agreement. 10 Ownership of Photographs. Developers may use some of their own photographs for the Web Site. Developers maintain ownership of the photographs and only grant Customer non exclusive right to use those photographs and only on Customers Web Site. 10 No Right to Assign. Customer has no right to assign sell modify or otherwise alter the Web Site except upon the express written advance approval of Developers which consent can be withheld for any reason.

10 Right to Remove Web Site. In the event Customer fails to make any of the payments set forth on Exhibit within the time prescribed in Exhibit Developers have the right to remove the Web Site until payment in full is paid plus accrued late charges of 2% per month. 10 Indemnification. Customer warrants that everything it gives Developers to put on the Web Site is legally owned or licensed to Customer. Customer agrees to indemnify and hold Developers harmless from any and all claims brought by any third party relating to any aspect of the Web Site including but without limitation any and all demands liabilities losses costs and claims including attorneys fees arising out of injury caused by Customers products services material supplied by Customer copyright infringement and defective products sold via the Web Site. Further customer agrees to indemnify Developers from responsibility for problems disruptions caused by third party services that Customer may use such as merchant accounts shopping carts shipping hosting services real time credit card processing and other services that relate to the ownership and operation of the Web Site or multimedia project. 10. 10 Use of Web Site for Promotional Purposes. Customer grants Developers the right to use the Web Site for promotional purposes and or to cross link it with other Web Sites developed by Developers.

10. 11 No Responsibility for Theft. Developers have no responsibility for any third party taking all or any part of the Web Site. 10. 12 Right to Make Derivative Works. Developers have the exclusive rights in making any derivative works of the Web Site. 10. 13 Attorneys Fees. In the event any party to this Agreement employs an attorney to enforce any of the terms of the Agreement the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its actual attorneys fees and costs including expert witness fees. 10. 14 Identification of Developers.

Customer agrees that Developers identification may be annotated within the code or on the Web Site as the authors. Customer also agrees to put on Developers copyright notices on the Web Site and the relevant content therein. 10. 15 No Responsibility for Loss. Developers are not responsible for any down time lost files improper links or any other loss that may occur in the operation of the Web Site. 10. 16 Transfer of Rights. In the event Developers are unable to continue maintenance of the Web Site non exclusive rights to the Web Site will be granted to Customer. 10. 17 Domain Name. Any domain name registered on Customers behalf will be made in Customers name for both the billing and administrative contacts. The technical contact is generally required to be the hosting ISP. Developer will not register domain names in Developers name.

Each party represents and warrants that on the date first written above they are authorized to enter into this Agreement in entirety and duly bind their respective principals by their signature below. EXECUTED as of the date first written above. company name By signator authorized signature or signer. Job title of signator authorized signature or signer. Date when the contact was signed

company name By signator authorized signature or signer. Job title of signator authorized signature or signer. Date when the contact was signed Customer Initials Developer Initials

Writing the Schedule B (Specifications) (Can/UK/Aus) document (alternate or related contract document)

SCHEDULE B SPECIFICATIONS The project will contain the following components and or services. A. Describe each deliverable to be included in the project per the terms of the contract and proposal

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