This book is intended as a concise but thorough ready reference for requirements
analysts (RAs)—those who are assigned to determine the requirements
for planned systems and software, both in computing and engineering.
It is a desk guide/handbook that focuses on how RAs can best perform their
The requirements are key to the success or failure of technical projects.
They are the basis of all of the follow-on work. It’s been my experience that
most projects and organizations fail to use effective requirements practices
and a documented requirements process, and also that those assigned as
RAs are cast into the needed work without proper preparation, experience
and training, and without a good handbook that advises them on how to
perform their roles and what to do.
RAs are in a strategic position to influence the activities performed on a
systems or software engineering task or project:
◗ The requirements are vital to the initiation, conduct, and completion
of the needed work.
◗ They are of great importance in achieving the objectives of customers
◗ Trained, experienced RAs are valued advisors to the program, project,
or task manager and invaluable resources for other members of the
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