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Requirements Documentation: The Boring (but Necessary) First Step for Building a Great Product

Joe Procopio

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One of the toughest concepts in product building is deciding and documenting exactly what you’re setting out to build. It only takes one cycle using a “wing it” approach to product development before most folks swear to never do that again.

I mean, if you’re going to successfully reach a destination you’ve never been to before, you’re going to want a map.

But the pendulum can swing too far the other way as well, resulting in thick, unwieldy requirements documents that describe almost everything about the product except what it’s actually supposed to do, and what the product accomplishes for the business.

Do you document requirements for your product and upgrades? If so, how? And have you already stopped reading this post in anticipation of being lulled to sleep by a requirements discussion?

I’m going to accept that challenge. I’m going to put forth an actionable post on product requirements without boring you to death.

I understand the reflexive hesitancy. When I’m advising startup and product leaders, requirements documentation is one of those areas where it’s like pulling teeth to get folks to stay with…

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Joe Procopio

I'm a multi-exit, multi-failure entrepreneur. NLG pioneer. Building TeachingStartup.com & GROWERS. Write at Inc.com and BuiltIn.com. More at joeprocopio.com