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What is BRD? How is it different from SRS?

BRD stand for Business Requirement Document. BRD contain that the business goal, objectives and requirement of project and its provide broad overview of the project. The most important purpose of BRD is to provide clear understanding of the business needs of a project to all stakeholders, including business owner, Project sponsors, development team. Its work as communication tool to ensure that everyone on same platform.

Generally, BRD created by a business analyst or project manager who expedite with project stakeholders to point out and document the business requirements. Once BRD is completed it is used as a guide in a project and ensure that everyone involved in the project is working towards the same business objectives and requirements.

Generally BRD includes below points.

  • Introduction – In this part mention overview of the document and describe purpose of the project. Also, it may include background information about the business problems.
  • In this part describe the business problem that the project needs to work on. It should provide Business Problem – clear and brief of why project is needed and what the expected outcomes.
  • Objectives – In this part defines what the project aims to achieve and what goals need to be met. It also explains how the success of the project will be measured.
  • Stakeholders – Identifies the stakeholders involved in the project, including their roles and responsibilities. It should also describe how stakeholders will be involved throughout the project.
  • Requirements – in this part of outlines the functional and non-functional requirements for the solution being developed. Functional requirements describe what the solution must do, while non-functional requirements describe how well it must do it e.g. performance, security, usability.  Each requirement should be clear, concise, and verifiable.
  • Assumptions and Constrains – Assumptions are factor that are considered to be true but not confirmed. That assumptions are made based on limited information or past experience.

Constrains are limitations or restrictions that affect the project execution or outcome. These could be in the form of time, budget, resources, regulations, or technology.

  • Risk and Mitigation Strategies – identifies the risks associated with the project and describes the strategies that will be used to mitigate those risks.
  • Sign off – Stakeholder to confirm that they are agree with the contents of the document.

SRS stand for Software Requirement Specification. It’s a document that describe the detailed technical specifications and requirements for a software project. The most important purpose of the SRS is to provide a clear and description of what the software is supposed to do, how it should behave in different scenarios.

 Generally, SRS is created by development team in collaboration with other stakeholders, such as BA and PM. Once the SRS is completed, It serve as blueprint for software development process and its used to guide the design, development and testing of software.

Generally SRS includes following points.

  • Introduction – In this part provides as overview of the document and describes the purpose of the software project.
  • Scope – In this part describes the scope of the software project, including what the software will do and what it will not do. It may also include any assumptions or constraints that apply.
  • Functional Requirements – Describes the features and functions that the software must provide.
  • Non-Functional Requirements – Describes how well the software must perform its functions. This can include performance requirements, usability requirements and security requirements.
  • User Requirements – In this part describes the needs and expectations of the end-users of the software. It should include details about how the software will be used and any user experience requirements.
  • System Requirements – Describes the technical requirements for the software, such as hardware and software compatibility, operating system requirements, and data storage requirements.
  • Constraints – In this part describes any limitations or constraints that apply to the software, such as budget or time constraints.
  • Assumptions – Describes any assumptions that the development team is making about the software project. These assumptions should be clearly documented and communicated to stakeholders.
  • Dependencies – In this part any dependencies that the software has on other system.
  • Acceptance Criteria – In this part describe how the software will be tested and verified and it should be details about the testing environment, test cases and acceptance criteria.
  • Sign Off – SRS is where stakeholder can confirm their agreement with the document contents.

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