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Book: practical software requirements

Practical software requirements, a manual of content and style (by Benjamin. L. Kovitz) is a book worthy of inclusion in Joels book list (in my opinion at least ;-)

The principles taught there are quite in line with Joel's vision. I have read several articles about specification on Joels site, but not really on requirements engineering. I think it is a very important aspect for software developments. Many systems fail to be successful because they solve the wrong problem. That's what this book is about (and other things).

Unfortunately, the book is from 1998, that is, the very few diagrams in the book don't comply to UML. The principles however, still stand.

Adriaan van den Brand
Tuesday, December 3, 2002

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book.  It's actually more about writing technical documentation.  It goes a long way to describe how to get away from fill-in-the-boilerplate type of docs, and actually structuring the form around the content.

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

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