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Software Project Analysis & Design

Written by: Dan C, on 2012-10-19

Why do you need an analysis for a software project?

Try and imagine you building a house. Considering you are going to use it, it will need certain features. Also, you may want to know what it will look like when it’s finished. Both aspects need to be clear before you start building it. Also, the builders will want to know exactly what to build. It’s the same in software business. Before starting a software project or having someone do it it for you, you need to know exactly who will use it, what functionalities will it have and so on. You also need to know your project is feasible, budgeted correctly and it’s features are realistic.

What are the steps in creating the right analysis and specification?

- The first task in creating the specification for your software project is extracting the requirements. While you as a customer believe you know what the software is going to do, it may require skill and experience in software engineering to recognize ambiguous, incomplete or contradictory requirements. The output of this phase will be a written specification document.

- Analysis is the second task in achieving a precise goal. This step precisely describes how the software is going to be written. The analysis will tell  you how big the project is, how much time it will take and how much it will cost. Also, it will tell you if all the requirements are possible. You don’t need to go into finest detail at first but to have an idea of the overall project. The analysis document should include: detailed description, project phases, technologies to be used, resource estimation and a time schedule.

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