Functional vs non-functional requirements in software development
Defining requirements is a critical aspect of software development. In fact, many software development projects fail simply because of the way in which requirements are outlined. A lack of clarity, precision, and feasibility can all lead to project disappointment.
When it comes to software development requirements, there are two important categories, functional and non-functional requirements. To fully understand what we mean by defining requirements, we need to know exactly what one looks like and what form it can take. It is, therefore, crucial to understand these two categories and the differences between them.
In this blog, we are going to discuss this topic and explore it in an accessible fashion. Without full knowledge of requirements, we can never expect a project to succeed or to match client expectations. To make something we are proud of, we need to nail the requirements and know how to define them.
Let’s start by clarifying some definitions.