SEM Requirements Definition Stage

The primary goal of this stage is to develop a basis of mutual understanding between the business owner/users and the project team about the requirements for the project.  The result of this understanding is an approved Requirements Specification that becomes the initial baseline for product design and a reference for determining whether the completed product performs as the system owner requested and expected.  All system requirements, (e.g., software, hardware, performance, functional, infrastructure, etc.) should be included.

This stage involves analysis of the business owner/users' business processes and needs, translation of those processes and needs into formal requirements, and planning the testing activities to validate the performance of the product.