Design Document Templates (MS Word)



Use this Design Document template (MS Word) to describe how you intend to design a software product and provide a reference document that outlines all parts of the software and how they will work. This template gives the software development team an overall guidance of the architecture of the software project.

Use this template to:

  • Describe structures that reside within the software, including attributes and relationships between data objects.
  • Map information flow characteristics into the program structure.
  • Describe internal and external program interfaces as well as the design of human interface.

This template helps you capture the System Architecture, Data Design, Detailed Design, Hardware Detailed Design, Software Detailed Design, External Interface Design, and Human-Machine Interface.

Design Document Template: Table of Contents

1.  Executive Summary

1.1 Purpose of this document
1.2 Identification
1.3 Scope
1.4 Relationship to Other Plans
1.5 Methodology, Tools, and Techniques
1.6 Policies, Directives and Procedures

2 Design Overview

2.1 Background Information
2.2 System Evolution Description
2.3 Current Process
2.4 Proposed Process
2.5 Technology Forecast
2.6 Constraints
2.7 Design Trade-offs
2.8 User Characteristics
2.8.1 User Problem Statement
2.8.2 User Objectives

3 System Architecture

3.1 Hardware Architecture
3.2 Software Architecture
3.3 Communications Architecture

4 Data Design

4.1 Database Management System Files
4.2 Non-Database Management System Files

5 Detailed Design

5.1 Hardware Detailed Design
5.2 Software Detailed Design
5.2.1 Module [X] Processing Local data structures
5.2.2 Module [X]
5.3 Communications Detailed Design

6 External Interface Design

6.1 Interface Architecture
6.2 Interface Detailed Design

7 Human-Machine Interface

7.1 Interface Design Rules
7.2 Inputs
7.3 Outputs
7.4 Navigation Hierarchy
7.4.1 Screen [x.1]
7.4.2 Screen [x.2]
7.4.3 Screen [x.3]

8 System Integrity Controls

9 Appendix A

9.1 Requirements Traceability Matrix
9. Glossary of Terms

Product Specifications

The templates are in Microsoft Word format (.doc) and can be downloaded online.

The template pack includes the following documents:

  • 2 x Design Document Templates 22 pages
  • 1 x Requirements Traceability Matrix 6 pages
  • 1 x Data Dictionary Template 8 pages