Identify Test Objectives
Kelly Avery

The first step in the test design process, identifying the test objective, drives all subsequent process steps. There are several common test objectives, each with corresponding statistical designs. The two most important test objectives for operational testing are screening for important factors and characterizing performance. This lesson will motivate the importance of collectively agreeing on a test objective, and outline the general process for screening and characterization.

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