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What are SMART requirements?

Posted by Adrian M.

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Categories: Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA), Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA)


At first glance, smart requirements are requirements which are well thought out, well written, selected with the end user in mind, consider the customer's experience, consider trade-offs when it comes to implementation (such as cost, time).

However smart requirements, or better put SMART Requirements refer to an acronym whose goal is to help you come up with really good requirement statements:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable (appropriate, actionable, achievable)
  • Realistic
  • Testable and Traceable

There are other mnemonic acronyms which help a business analyst ensure the requirements are the best that they can be:

    • Collaborative
    • Limited
    • Emotional
    • Appreciable
    • Refinable


  • PURE
    • Positively stated
    • Understood
    • Relevant
    • Ethical


    • Context
    • Purpose
    • Quantity
    • Quality
    • Resources
    • Timing



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