Facilitated Application Specification Techniques
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Facilitated Application Specification Technique ("FAST") is a technique for requirements elicitation for software development. The objective is to close the gap between what the developers intend and what users expect. It is a team-oriented approach for gathering requirements.
- Meetings are conducted at a neutral site attended by both developers and users.
- The group establishes rules for preparation and participation.
- An agenda is suggested that with enough formality to cover all important points but informal enough to encourage the free flow of ideas.
- A facilitator controls the meeting.
- A definition mechanism is used.
The main goal is to identify the problem, propose solutions, negotiate different approaches, and specify a preliminary set of software requirements in an atmosphere that is conductive to accomplish the goal.
After initial meeting, user and developer should write a one or two product request form. Before the next meeting it is distributed to all other attendees. Each attendee is asked to make the following lists:
- List of objects
- List of services
- List of constraints
- performance criteria
Representatives of FAST
- Marketing person[clarification needed]
- Software and hardware engineer
- Representative from manufacturing
- An outside faciitator