Technical requirements are the factors required to deliver a desired function or behavior from a system to satisfy a user’s standards and needs. (1)
These are aspects such as performance, reliability, and availability that you must meet to proceed. In projects, technical requirements typically add quality criteria. (2)
A technical requirement document empowers the team to come to a mutual understanding of what is required, technically, to make your project or product a success. Technical requirement documents will also provide information that will help you:
- Determine a more detailed budget.
- Leverage your work breakdown schedule.
- Help develop a more realistic project Gantt Chart.
- Add risk-management aspects. (3)
By defining your technical requirements clearly, there’s no room for confusion or doubt, and by doing that:
- It allows seeing your goal as a client more clearly.
- The whole team which works on a particular project can use the documentation as a reference to understand how features should work.
- The Project Manager will be able to facilitate features definition.
- Quality Assurance engineers can test an application following the documentation.
- Features are specified in the document and can’t be lost or forgotten.
- A technical requirement document empowers the team to come to a mutual understanding.
- If a project is massive, it gets developed over a few years. Therefore you may need to know how a particular feature implemented a few years ago works.
- It helps to see the whole picture of how the project should work, thus helping the Quality Assurance engineer ensure that features work as expected.
- It helps both sides to find needed information such as shortcuts or a particular screen/functionality etc.
- It saves money as it reduces the amount of time discussing the details of the project and the customer's vision.
Making your requirements clear makes no room for confusion or doubt, which can only make for a more efficient and effective process…