Quality Attributes Primer

One of the most neglected areas in gathering and capturing requirements is the area of Quality Attributes, also commonly referred to as the non-functional requirements or the “ilities”. The challenge of making the leap directly to these statements is probably one of the reasons that this component of a complete requirements specification is ignored. This discussion describes a refined set of steps that you can adopt that will make it somewhat easier for you to make the leap from these nebulous attributes all the way to testable quantified statements regarding the quality of the system being built.

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    Another excellent article – we were just discussing this very subject in a course I recently taught. I forwarded your article to everyone in the class, so you might expect a few more subscribers soon…

    — Bruce Butler, PEng, Senior Systems Engineer, Modular Mining Systems Canada