On Programmers.SE, there was a question a few days ago, asking wether there's an update to the IEEE 830-1998, which is a recommended best practice (not a standard!) for organization of a Software Requirements Specification (SRS) document. You can read my answer on the state of specifications in IT from developers' viewpoint there if you wish.
In my personal experience, in some companies, the SRS is the UX specification, made by UX people. In other companies, UX only deals with actual usabilitiy issues - moslty layout, semiotics (science of icons), copywriting, user testing - and specifications are written by people called business analysts.
Which brings me to the question:
Are there any well-known, possibly international UX / IA / ID organizations, which issued guidelines on requirements specification? What are these guidelines?
I don't ask for book recommendations (that would make this question closed at once), and solely in order to help this quesiton not to be closed, I'd like to disclose the following organizations from being "well known":
- companies under 100 UX/IA/ID projects, and without at least one project at a regional leader in any market or Fortune 500 company
(so, if a small UX shop tells us how they work, it might be amazing, but it's not a standards organization. Frog Design plays, freelancers don't.)
- universities, where egonomics/IA/whatever departments have less than 200 full-time students per year, and/or 50 full-time employees researching / teaching UX
(local universities might have an amazing knowledge, but they have no real impact on design. MIT plays, University of Debrecen doesn't.)
- magazines having less than 4000 subscribers internationally, or websites having less than 100 000 unique visitor per month
(If UXMag issued a "Requirements Gathering: The UXMag way", it plays, a blog of a freelancer - however ingenious it might be - doesn't; also, recommending article on UXMag about one's process doesn't count)
- Standard committes with less than 100 subscribing people
(the minimal requirement for a standards committee is 10 people, but these are used mostly only for ads)
It's not just standard organizations because Rational wasn't a standard organization, but a well-known player in software modeling field, when the UML use case specification scheme was born. Jacobson also worked for Ericsson, when he wrote one of the first books on "user-centered design". Universities aren't excluded, as Dijsktra wrote his book on the need for design in programming while working for the University of Eindhoven, quite a famous university of that time.
So, are there any such documents? Do they have any relevance?
Sorry for the over-specification.