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A Method for Measuring Product Readiness in Relation to Test Event Complexity

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012892D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jun-06
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-06

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In software verification, testers are constantly challenged by project management to accelerate their work efforts to get to the marketplace quickly and with high levels of quality. There are many factors that are considered when evaluating whether a product is ready for customer use. Those factors include, but are not limited to, testing execution progress, early customer program use and implementation progress, service and support readiness, and the confirmation of performance expectations. Another very important aspect of product readiness is the validation that the product can operate under extreme levels of stress and complexity. Incorporating complexity into the readiness assessment, the metric described in this paper points out that although the majority of planned tasks may have been executed, the difficult tasks are yet to be attempted This is a change from the typical method of comparing tasks completed against tasks planned and using the resultant percentage as a readiness indicator. This paper outlines a method for measuring progress in the areas of product volume and functional complexity with the goal of providing project management with key progress checkpoints to make product availability decisions. The formulated combination of volume and complexity can provide a value with which to measure system level readiness of the product. Test owners can incorporate values into the readiness factor for constructs that influence the complexity of the test event. These constructs might include repetition of workload execution, environmental considerations, or platform genealogy.