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Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 Best Practices by Bill English, Ben Curry

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How Many Requirements per Project?

There is a tension between the need to keep project requirements simple and concise and the need for complete and thorough definition. For smaller projects, it is best to limit the number of business requirements to five or ten if possible. This has a number of advantages. People are able to clearly remember and act upon only about ten tasks or goals from memory. More complex lists require constant reference to a written document, which makes deviation more likely.

How can larger projects, which often necessitate hundreds or even thousands of distinct and concise business requirements, be simplified without losing important information? Several approaches are available to structure projects so that the requirements ...

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