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The model presented here does not include the Requirements Analysis process itself, but deals with the resulting output The Requirements Specification Document.

Nor is the model built upon a specific requirements specifications model. For easy use of the model, however, a tabular presentation of the requirements is recommended.

THE VOLERE REQUIREMENTS SPECIFICATION MODEL fits this evaluation model very well, and you will find several elements based on the Volere methodology and phraseology here. For gaining further knowledge of the Volere requirements process, you should read the book Mastering the Requirements Process - Getting Requirements Right by Suzanne Robertson and James Robertson

I acknowledge that these web pages make reference to the Volere Requirements Specification Template, copyright © 1995 2016 the Atlantic Systems Guild Limited.

The Volere template package can be obtained from the Volere web site, where an individual or site licence may be purchased.


The Requirements Specification
The proposed model presupposes that the terms of reference for the project/procurement has already been established, i.e. that background, purpose, business model and goals have been clarified and described.
Further it is assumed that stakeholders and contributors to the specification are identified.
The requirements specification itself has been drawn up in the form of an Excel workbook. The contents of this are described further in the text below.

Award Criteria
Already at this early stage the main award criteria for this procurement should be defined. It is not necessary to decide on the weighting yet, but there must be no doubt regarding the connection between criterion and requirement.

Requirements Organization
In order to simplify both structure and processing, the requirements specification model is divided into requirements groups. The Excel model has been limited to 9 groups, but there is seldom need for more than 3 or 4 groups. Examples: Technical, Functional and Interface requirements.
The user will decide the number of groups and their designation. Each requirement group has been assigned a tab (worksheet) in the Excel workbook.

The default groups of the workbook are

  • Functional Requirements
  • Look and Feel Requirements
  • Usability and Humanity Requirements
  • Performance Requirements
  • Operational and Environmental Requirements
  • Maintainability and Support Requirements
  • Security Requirements
  • Cultural Requirements
  • Compliance Requirements,

but this is freely managed by the user. The above suggested groups are based on the standard requirements groups of the Volere© Requirements Specification Model a collection of requirements templates, processes, books, consulting and training, widely used throughout the world.

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