A functional specification (also, functional spec, specs, functional specifications document (FSD), or Program specification) in systems engineering and software development is the documentation that describes the requested behaviour of an engineering system. The documentation typically describes what is needed by the system user as well as requested properties of inputs and outputs (e.g. of the software system).
Production of a comprehensive Functional Specification document is in itself a relatively arduous task, typically a Functional Specification document will contain multiple sections that discuss each of the required topics necessary when delivering a project.
Therefore authoring a Functional Specification document takes some specialist knowledge.
Additionally the responsibility for the production of a Functional Specification document often falls to those in non IT or project management roles. Generally subject matter experts are asked to put together the documents, for example the Associations Membership Manager is asked to document functional requirements for their membership system upgrade project.
These individuals are therefore not usually IT systems or project management trained, but are none the less held responsible for producing the documents, and by inference the success of the project.
Not a comfortable position for the otherwise competent domain expert!
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