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Fundamentals of Test and Evaluation, Test and Evaluation (T&E)

Test and evaluation provide the means to ensure that a product performs in the intended way and with the intended results. Testing starts very early in a product system development, however, because test planning is dependent on good requirements.

Test and evaluation is the essential feedback loop contained within the Systems Engineering Process. T&E ensures that the system meets the capability needs. The T&E process is repeated as the system evolves from models to components to production articles and complete systems.

According to experts in this field, it’s essential to pick a testing method that fits the purpose. Analysis for instance is suited to testing requirements like long-term reliability of electronic components, and when assessing inspection is appropriate.

Selecting the right verification methods produces the right results and saves time and cost.

Experts also recommend a test strategy than begins early and is continually refining. Plan the test strategy from the onset of the program and refine it throughout the program’s life cycle. The stakeholders should also be involved in the development and review of the plans and test strategy.

The overall goal of test and evaluation is to reduce risk by providing crucial information to decision makers.

Generally there are five steps involved in the test and evaluation process:

  1. Identify critical issues and data
  2. Pre-test engineering analysis by the evaluation and the development of an evaluation plan. Expected outcomes are predicted
  3. The test is planned and conducted. Data are retrieved and analyzed. Data may be collected from other means such as Modeling and Simulation (M&S), training, etc.
  4. A post-synthesis step in which an evaluation report of data is compiled. Predictions from Step 2 are compared with actual measured outcomes
  5. T&E results are balanced with other available program information. The appropriate programming decision is made

T&E and the Acquisition Life Cycle T&E activities occur throughout the acquisition life cycle. T&E reveals information about a program and measures performance of a system against established capability needs. The PM coordinates T&E activities appropriate to each phase and milestone of an acquisition program.

Fundamentals of Test and Evaluation Course by Tonex

Fundamentals of Test and Evaluation is a 2-day course covering many aspects of  Test and Evaluation (T&E)  concepts and principals.

Who Should Attend?
Fundamentals of Test and Evaluation Training Course is designed for test engineers, analysts, project managers and anyone else involved in test and evaluation, systems engineering and acquisition, modeling, simulation, DoE, and O&M.

Participants will learn how T&E can assist in defining system capabilities and limitations,  improving the system performance and optimizing system use and sustainment in operations. T&E enables the engineers and PMs to learn about limitations (technical or operational), Critical Operational Issues (COI), of the system under development so that they can be resolved prior to production and deployment.

Learn how Test & Evaluation (T&E) is used as a process to compare complex system or components against requirements and specifications through testing. Developmental test and evaluation (T&E) is used as an engineering tool to reduce risk throughout the acquisition cycle. Operational test and evaluation (OT&E) is used as actual or simulated environment to evaluate system under realistic operational conditions.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, the participants will:

  • Learn the basics of test and evaluation (T&E)
  • Describe the principles and key concepts of test and evaluation (T&E)
  • Describe application of test and evaluation (T&E) to systems, processes and products
  • Highlights test and evaluation (T&E) methods to assist application and system analysis, design and implementation
  • Learn the principles of test and evaluation (T&E) applied to  modeling and simulation
  • Apply test and evaluation (T&E) in verification and validation of systems and system of systems (SoS)
  • Illustrate T&E in system development life cycle (SDLC) processes including ConOps, requirement analysis, design, V&V, operation, maintenance and disposal of systems
  • Compare and contrast test and evaluation (T&E) plans and methods

Course Content

Basic principles of T&E

  • T&E principles to system development programs
  • Effective and efficient T&E planning
  • Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP)
  • Planned Test and Evaluation (T&E) activities

T&E Roles and Responsibilities

  • T&E business, programmatic and technical dimensions
  • T&E requirements
  • T&E “lessons learned”
  • T&E policies

Creating and assessing T&E Strategies, Capabilities, Processes and Systems

  • Assessing T&E plans and procedures
  • Verification and validation (V&V)
  • Creating and assessing certification and accreditation strategies
  • SE Roles & Expectations
  • Tools to create test and evaluation strategies
  • Test and evaluation plans and procedures
  • Developmental and operational testing
  • Observe and communicate test results
  • Re-test decisions
  • Mitigation strategies
  • System acceptance decisions
  • Best Practices and Lessons Learned

T&E Cross Activities and Procedures 

  • Life-cycle of a System or System of System (SoS)
  • Test and Evaluation Strategy (TES)
  • Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E)
  • Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E)
  • Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E)
  • Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation (FOT&E)
  • Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP)
  • Operational Assessment (OA)
  • Live-Fire Test and Evaluation (LFT&E)
  • Operational Test Readiness Review (OTTR)
  • Test Readiness Review (TRR)

Applying T&E Process Systems Engineering and System Thinking 

  • T&E causes in engineering successes and failures
  • Drivers of T&E success and the causes of T&E failures
  • Key indicators and constraints of T&E failures
  • Roles of the leadership, program managers, project managers and systems engineers in successful T&E projects
  • Risk management, project control, and decision-making processes in T&E projects
  • Evaluate engineering failures, root cause analysis approaches, and failure analysis processes and methods
  • Discuss and evaluate techniques for mitigating design fail

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