Design For Testability
Guillermo Jimenez, Shahram Taj, and Jonathan Weaver, University of Detroit Mercy
This paper explores the benefits of improving the product development cycle by making specific improvements in the area of testing and validation. Waste exists in large corporation development cycles, which inherently deliver flawed products to production. We provide an overview of design for testability (DFT), its application in hardware and software development, and its relationship to reliability and robustness. The DFT processes are defined by a step-by-step procedure; what a product design verification and in-process testing plan should include; and testing metrics are also described. These tools should yield improvement in overall productivity and reduced introductions of product error at production.
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