A Software Design Document Template

The design document is a key piece of a project and used throughout the lifecycle of the product. The following is a sample template for a software design document:

  1. Introduction – A paragraph about project/product
  2. Objective – A paragraph on the problem being solved
  3. Requirements – Specifications, expectations
  4. High-Level Design – How the new product/feature fits/interacts with existing systems
  5. Low-Level Design – Discusses proposed components and their interactions
  6. Implementation Plan – Discusses incremental, phased or any strategy followed for development
  7. Deployment Plan – How the new product/feature deployed, rolled out
  8. Contradictions – Known behavior, exceptions and special situations. Also limitations and boundary conditions

More ideas to enhance the template are welcome.


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