Acceptance and Evaluation Criteria


Acceptance criteria are used to define the requirements, outcomes, or conditions that must be met in order for a solution to be considered acceptable to key stakeholders. Evaluation criteria are the measures used to assess a set of requirements in order to choose between multiple solutions.


Acceptance criteria describe the minimum set of requirements that must be met in order for a particular solution to be worth implementing. They may be used to determine if a solution or solution component can meet a requirement.
Acceptance criteria are typically used when only one possible solution is being evaluated, and are generally expressed as a pass or fail.
Evaluation criteria define a set of measurements which allow for ranking of solutions and alternative designs according to their value for stakeholders. Each evaluation criterion represents a continuous or discrete scale for measuring a specific solution attribute such as cost, performance, usability, and how well the functionality represents the stakeholders needs. Attributes that cannot be measured directly are evaluated using expert judgment or various scoring techniques.

Usage Considerations:
Associated Tasks:
  • Approve Requirements
  • Define Future State
  • Specify and Model Requirements
  • Verify Requirements
  • Validate Requirements
  • Analyze Potential Value and Recommend Solution
  • Measure Solution Performance
  • Analyze Performance Measures
  • Assess Solution Limitations