Join Terri Wagner for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing essential technical writing skills, part of Project Management Foundations: Requirements (2015).
- The purpose of technical writing is…to help a specific audience to do something,…understand something, or make a decision.…Effective writing means we understand this audience,…what matters to them, and what they expect to do…with this information.…Consider each audience in your…requirements specification content and structure.…The ability to communicate with your audience…must be balanced with the need to specify requirements…accurately and unambiguously.…
Readers understand content by the context around it…and by the document structure and framework.…This is known as the given/new model.…The given does not have to be defined…or explained in your document.…It may have been given in earlier parts of the document,…known to the audience, or commonly known…or embedded in the language.…Other material is considered new.…Your new material becomes more focused and effective…when ample given information exists.…
Working with the given versus new method…means you don't have to explain everything every time.…It's generally preferable to write…
- Differentiate among enterprise, stakeholder, and requirement analyses.
- Summarize the elicitation process.
- Explain the importance of avoiding assumptions.
- Describe how to prioritize requirements.
- Identify techniques for conducting requirements analysis.
- Recall how to create a well-formed requirements checklist.
- Explain the guidelines for conducting technical reviews.
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Reviewing the Requirements Framework
2. Gathering Requirements
3. Analyzing Requirements
4. Specifying Requirements
5. Validating Requirements
6. Managing Requirements
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