How To Avoid Vague Requirements

Remember last year when Jesse James made that vague public apology to his wife and children, following allegations he’d had an affair with Michelle “Bombshell” McGee?

He looked like an idiot. Well. More of an idiot.


“The vast majority of the allegations reported are untrue and unfounded…”

If you’re writing vague requirements for your products, your engineers probably have some choice words for you, too. Because vague is frustrating. Ambiguity leaves things open to interpretation, and when those guesses are wrong they can be costly.

Let’s stop being vague and start being real.

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The Genius Of Van Halen’s Brown M&M Clause

Van Halen’s concert contracts famously (or, infamously) required that brown M&Ms be forbidden from the band’s dressing room.


Image courtesy: The Smoking Gun

Some thought the demand eccentric or a clever loophole to slip out of a contract. The reality is a good reminder that we always need to dig deeper.

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