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Requirements Specification or Overview

Today, I had a meeting during which one of my current projects were discussed. One of the participants asked me about the requirements specification. And my response was: we don’t have one; we’re trying to working with an agile approach. The response to this was quick – agile is not an excuse not to document. But I never said we don’t document.

For me, specification is not a positive word. If you consider the word “Law”, a picture can be the law book, and the book worm, preferring reading and reciting rather than meeting others. Here I find the word specification.

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But the word “Law” can also have another side, illustrated by the following picture, when you way stuff. There is seldom a right and a false side. We just have to find the most fair way to view things. Here there are no specifications, but rather an idea, discussions and a general impression of what we want more off and what we need less off. Could you call it a requirements overview? I guess there is no correct word. My discussion partner asked if we instead had a backlog, but that term does not catch what I’m after.

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We have mission statements, flowcharts, prototypes and user stories which describes what experience we want for the users. If you want to call that a specification, you may, but I need a better word which does not bring that book worm picture to my mind.

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