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Adaptive Test Process: An Integrated Modeling Approach for Test and Design Activities in the Product Development Process

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Viktor Lévárdy, Markus Hoppe

Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Garching, Germany

Tyson R. Browning

Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX

Paper No. DETC2004-57390, pp. 241-250; 10 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2004-57390
From:
  • ASME 2004 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3a: 16th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, September 28–October 2, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4696-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3742-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME

abstract

Testing is an integral part of product development (PD), supporting the identification of design failures, validation of product requirements and verification of the deliverables. The information generated by testing facilitates learning, increases design knowledge, and thus decreases uncertainty in the product design. Although test strategy planning is part of PD planning, the integration of design and test activities in the PD process is often insufficient, hampering the information flow between testing and design teams. Poor process integration leads to undesired rework, which can lead to lower product quality and/or increased project cost and time-to-market. This paper proposes an adaptive process modeling approach for integrated test and PD strategy planning by focusing on three test strategy planning aspects: what, when and how to test in PD to best achieve the project’s goals. In the adaptive test process approach, the selection and scheduling of test activities, based on the maturity of information delivered by design activities, fosters the better fulfillment of testing goals, faster and more effective design iteration loops, and reductions in both test process cost and duration.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME

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