Independent Testing: Reducing the Risk of Project Shortcomings
Most project teams test their own projects when it comes to component, system and regression testing instead of having a third set of independent eyes do it.
- Component testing is an examination (e.g., looking for repairs) of a major design piece of a product or one or more related modules.
- System testing is an examination of the product in a total systems environment with other hardware and/or software combinations depending on the type of project.
- Regression testing is the final examination that verifies all the functions work as defined for the product as intended, and for tracking the quality/performance of its output. The whole point of regression testing is to find defects or shortcomings in your final product, and this can be better done by an independent in-house team or using an outside third party or lab.
A good example of what I am talking about is when South Korea’s Samsung Electronics “rushed” to market with the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on August 19, 2016. This smartphone was tested in its own lab, setting the company apart from other cellphone manufacturers (e.g., Apple’s iPhone or Google’s Pixel), which use third-party labs certified by the U.S. wireless group.
Because many of the lithium batteries of the Galaxy Note 7 overheated and burst into flames, Samsung ended up pulling the plug on this product on October 10,
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