Test & Evaluation Principles
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This two-day workshop is an overview of test and evaluation from product concept through operations. The purpose of the course is to give participants a solid grounding in practical testing methodology for assuring that a product performs as intended. The course is designed for Test Engineers, Design Engineers, Project Engineers, Systems Engineers, Technical Team Leaders, System Support Leaders Technical and Management Staff and Project Managers. The course work includes a case study in several parts for practicing testing techniques.
What You Will Learn:
- Create effective test requirements.
- Plan tests for complete coverage.
- Manage testing during integration and verification.
- Develop rigorous test conclusions with sound collection, analysis, and reporting methods.
- What is Test and Evaluation? – Basic definitions and concepts. Test and evaluation overview; application to complex systems. A model of T&E that covers the activities needed (requirements, planning, testing, analysis & reporting). Roles of test and evaluation throughout product development, and the life cycle, test economics and risk and their impact on test planning.
- Test Requirements – Requirements as the primary method for measurement and control of product development. Where requirements come from; evaluation of requirements for testability; deriving test requirements; the Requirements Verification Matrix (RVM); Qualification vs. Acceptance requirements; design proof vs. first article vs. production requirements, design for testability.
- Test Planning – Evaluating the product concept to plan verification and validation by test. T&E strategy and the Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP); verification planning and the Verification Plan document; analyzing and evaluating alternatives; test resource planning; establishing a verification baseline; developing a verification schedule; test procedures and their format for success.
- Integration Testing – How to successfully manage the intricate aspects of system integration testing; levels of integration planning; development test concepts; integration test planning (architecture-based integration versus build-based integration); preferred order of events; integration facilities; daily schedules; the importance of regression testing.
- Formal Testing – How to perform a test; differences in testing for design proof, first article qualification, recurring production acceptance; rules for test conduct. Testing for different purposes, verification vs. validation; test procedures and test records; test readiness certification, test article configuration; troubleshooting and anomaly handling.
- Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting – Statistical methods; test data collection methods and equipment, timeliness in data collection, accuracy, sampling; data analysis using statistical rigor, the importance of doing the analysis before the test;, sample size, design of experiments, Taguchi method, hypothesis testing, FRACAS, failure data analysis; report formats and records, use of data as recurring metrics, Cum Sum method.
Dr. Eric Honour, CSEP, international consultant and lecturer, has a 40-year career of complex systems development & operation. Former President of INCOSE, selected as Fellow and as Founder. He has led the development of 18 major systems, including the Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation systems and the Battle Group Passive Horizon Extension System. BSSE (Systems Engineering), US Naval Academy; MSEE, Naval Postgraduate School; and PhD, University of South Australia.
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