Functional Specification Documents

17 Mar 2006 - 4:21pm
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Cindi Thomas
2006

Hello,

I was just wondering if any of your produce FSDs for projects? And if
so, what do they look like and how detailed do they get? We are in a big
debate in my company about the whole FSD design
process/documentation/detail level. Is there any standards out there for
me to lean on?

Thanks!

Cindi -

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17 Mar 2006 - 5:25pm
Ari
2006

On 3/17/06, Cindi Thomas <cthomas at fullhouseinteractive.com> wrote:
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> I was just wondering if any of your produce FSDs for projects?

as a product manager at my last job and an exec producer at my current one,
i do all the time.

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> so, what do they look like and how detailed do they get?

that varies. for a flash-based ad creation system that allows users to
created ads for streaming radio that accept microphone recording, uploadable
audio files, text to speech (complete with emoticons to change volume,
pitch/inflection and pauses), etc. - that spec was over 140 pages and had
115 different diagrams and wireframes, included embedded visio docs so
editing could be done on the fly.

for other projects where timing was more critical, these specs might be 3-30
pages. i think visually so most of my specs start out as a visio diagram
with various callouts, annotations and supplimental documents.

We are in a big
> debate in my company about the whole FSD design
> process/documentation/detail level. Is there any standards out there for
> me to lean on?

none - just write clearly, concisely, illustrate visually as much as
possible and keep your specs updated. one of my specs had a 4 page
change-log using 6 point type!

Ari

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