Design Specification Document

A design specification document refers to those features that need to be included when creating a specific software product to make it fit with the client’s goal and purpose. A design specification document thus plays a significant role in designing the product as it assists the programmers to grasp the fundamental idea of what is required from them and give an idea about the blueprint of what they are supposed to do to design the product, including the various risks and assumptions associated with the design. A design specification document is created after discussing requirements of the product with the client and then consulting the developers who will be in charge of designing the product.

Sample Design Specification Document:

Name of company: New Tech Co

Address: 922 Model Town, Chicago

Document prepared by: Will Giles

Product designer, New Tech Co

Document prepared on: April 10, 2012

Document submitted on: April 14, 2012

Document name: Design specification document for curriculum information software

Purpose: The purpose of the document is to mention the conditions to be considered for designing a user-friendly, time-saving curriculum information system which shall be used by the university’s department of curriculum

Other details:

  • The developers must remember that the product will be used in a Unix system
  • A new database server will be installed and the code will be created in Java
  • A program will also have options to select information from the database and format as XML
  • Various information related to the curriculum can be downloaded based on class, course and subject

Document approved and signed by: Josh Harris

Manager, New Tech Co


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