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Software Requirements, Second Edition by Karl E. Wiegers

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Chapter 3. Good Practices for Requirements Engineering

Ten or fifteen years ago, I was a fan of software development methodologies—packaged sets of models and techniques that purport to provide holistic solutions to our project challenges. Today, though, I prefer to identify and apply industry best practices. Rather than devising or purchasing a whole-cloth solution, the best-practice approach stocks your software tool kit with a variety of techniques you can apply to diverse problems. Even if you do adopt a commercial methodology, adapt it to best suit your needs and augment its components with other effective practices from your tool kit.

The notion of best practices is debatable: who decides what is "best" and on what basis? One approach is ...

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