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How to Specify Software


Peter Bell

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About This Class

You know what you want your app to do, now how do you communicate your vision to your developers? In this class, you’ll look at proven best practices for effectively documenting and communicating the requirements for your software in a way that minimizes waste and maximizes the likelihood you’ll be happy with the final outcome.


  • Introduction 2:39
  • How to Specify Software 7:00
  • Fix Bid Development 8:09
  • Incremental Software Development 11:22
  • What, What, Why 2:01
  • The Three C's 7:36
  • Story Decomposition 3:14
  • Lean User Experience 3:31
  • Key Takeaways 5:00
  • Q: Is there a specific language to build an e-commerce site? 1:32
  • Q: How do you go from big picture vision to user stories? 1:57
  • Q: Are wireframes the faster way to communicate with your team? 1:28
  • Q: What should be done differently when working with an outsourced team? 1:54


  • Compare and contrast various methods for documentation/communication of your software requirements.
  • Find out possible pitfalls in the communication chain.
  • Develop a communication strategy that everyone you work with will know and understand.

About the Instructor(s)


Peter Bell

Peter is founder and CTO of Speak Geek. He teaches business people to more effectively hire and manage developers - even if they don’t know how to code. He also provides help with coming up with mobile strategies, lean product development and specifying software and provides due diligence on engineers and outsourcing companies.

Peter is also a contract member of the Github training team and teaches a wide range of developer topics - from git, github, chef, devOps and hosting/scaling topics to neo4j, mongodb, redis, client MVC frameworks, javascript, ruby, python and java.

He has presented at a range of conferences including DLD conference, ooPSLA, QCon (New York, San Francisco and Shanghai), RubyNation, SpringOne2GX, Code Generation, Practical Product Lines, the British Computer Society Software Practices Advancement conference, DevNexus, cf.Objective(), CF United, Scotch on the Rocks, WebDU, WebManiacs, UberConf, the Rich Web Experience and the No Fluff Just Stuff Enterprise Java tour.

He has been published in IEEE Software, Dr. Dobbs, IBM developerWorks, Information Week, Methods & Tools, Mashed Code, NFJS the Magazine and GroovyMag. He's currently writing a book on managing software development for Pearson.

He is an organizer of the CTO School - an organization in NYC devoted to creating the next generation of technical leaders. He also organizes the node.js meetup in New York and co-organizes the Domain Driven Design and Grails meetups.

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