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Report Design Specification Template

Hi, I am hereby Attaching a Report Design Specification Template that may be useful for the beginners.
Report Design Specification Template Version (47.0 KB)

vijay.nair :india: (BOB member since 2006-08-21)

Hi ,

       Thanks for your Doc, What is the meaning of Data element Name column  which you have specified in the Object Mapping table in your Design Doc Template.


Nalin :india: (BOB member since 2008-07-18)

Thanks Vijay. Extremely helpful! :slight_smile:

linger :uk: (BOB member since 2004-02-10)

Would anyone consider sharing a filled-out example of this template? It would be very helpful in understanding the meaning of different parts.


BOB_Rocks (BOB member since 2008-12-17)

Great doc it really helped me a lot.It will be more greatfull if an example can be shared.

swap_l (BOB member since 2009-04-09)


Thank you very much. very useful document

versatilegene :india: (BOB member since 2008-03-18)

Does anyone have a design document template for universe design ?

hardikchheda (BOB member since 2009-06-02)

Thanks for your Document, great for Beginners

Hesham (BOB member since 2009-08-06)

Does anyone have a design document template for universe design that they can share?

appreciate the help

Satish :us: (BOB member since 2003-04-14)

It’s a good way for content management. have you been to a client side where they have 100+ reports but no documentation and you are asked to migrate from old version to new and find gaps… night mare for any one…

Thanks Vijay for sharing this document extremely helpful. :slight_smile:

JD_USNJ :us: (BOB member since 2008-07-31)

Thanks Vijay!!!. That is cool stuff… appreciate all your hard work

kkedla :us: (BOB member since 2007-06-13)

Thanks Vijay for Sharing!![/b]

zaif235 :us: (BOB member since 2010-06-15)

Extreemly Useful.

My Suggestion would be

  1. Change it to Excel format.

Write macros to keep only required things…

Summay page will be checkboxes of what design steps taken , (Check only if its used) Then worksheet will be added to document

  1. Sorting
  2. Report Level Variables

I will try to develop excel version out of it. But main source is YOU. Thanks

warren40k (BOB member since 2010-09-20)

Thanks Vijay for Sharing!!

ramsboxi :netherlands: (BOB member since 2011-01-19)

Has this request been answered or has a template been posted?

di652 (BOB member since 2005-02-24)

Thanks for this great document.
Can anyone tell me what is Req#?

ylai20 :malaysia: (BOB member since 2008-05-21)

Hi Vijay,
It looks good.
Can you attached your report specification document with filled data.(Use any sample)

Thanks in Advance

sridharvpy :india: (BOB member since 2011-02-11)

Thank you very much

violetm (BOB member since 2012-06-27)

Hi Vijay,

Can you share a template for Universe Design Template please?

deepak21.s :qatar: (BOB member since 2010-09-06)

Hi Vijay, just curious here about your side of the processes. Do the report designers fill up this template and hand it out to developers to create as per these specs ? That cant be because no one can determine beforehand what objects are included or the SQL query behind the reports.
Or is it one of those"design review" deliverables that no one pays attention to ? That cant be so as well because its so comprehensive that you’d actually have to build the report first and document it later. In that case - its a code/feature documentation similar to a universe pdf export.

Don’t get me wrong - this is great and comprehensive. However In my experience, verbose documentation for whats is essentially a UI design based tool is actually more counterproductive than being useful. An impact or lineage system based on InformationSteward, Auditor or any custom wiki etc is actually of much higher value to change management. Also an annotated excel mockup for report design specs is actually of more value for developers of the reports than a detailed spec.

Shobhit_Acharya (BOB member since 2005-08-11)