Architectural Framework for Complex Test Requirements Management


There are several systems engineering models available to provide guidance in transforming stakeholder requirements into comprehensive solutions. Though systems engineering processes are essential leading up to this point, the final adjustments will be determined during test and evaluation. This point is conveyed in the heuristic, "Regardless of what has gone before, the acceptance criteria determine what is actually built." Establishing the acceptance criteria and compliance verification processes for a complex system is also a complex task. This task must start early and be accomplished in parallel with system architecture and design. In this way, quality can be designed into the product and relevant tests can be devised that match the needs and expectations of the stakeholder. This paper proposes a heuristics and model-based architecture for establishing and managing complex test program requirements. In addition, statistics for a successful application of this architecture will be shared.


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Acceptance Criteria; Stakeholder; System Architecture

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Systems engineering -- Mathematical models

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Article - Conference proceedings

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