Four Tips for Writing Highly Effective Medical Software Requirements

Four Tips for Writing Highly Effective Medical Software Requirements

All software requirements are not created equal. I’m not referring to the form or content of the requirements, but to their quality. If you are reading this blog for the key take-away, I recommend you read the following closely: the effect of requirement quality on a software development project can be profound, especially when it comes to medical software development. A set of low-quality requirements, apart from putting patients at risk in the worst of scenarios, can result in a project that plods along incessantly to its conclusion. Good quality requirements result in build after build that make explicit, predictable progress from developers well-engaged in both their strategy and tactics.

The Challenge of Medical Software Requirements

Effective medical software requirements are those that ultimately result in the creation of the product that was envisioned, and that do not present roadblocks and impediments to developing that product in a timely, cost-effective manner. Good quality requirements will guide you to the outcome you originally desired, and will continually instill in the development team a sense of converging on success. Requirements of lesser quality will make your course difficult and frustrating, and your footing will be unsure. So the challenge of the requirements effort is to produce something that is both pilot and navigator for the software project

So, what defines good quality requirements?  Limiting this discussion to four shared characteristics, here are my tips to producing quality requirements:

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