TC 1: Product and System Test and Evaluation Essentials (PASTEE) for Systems Engineers - Ian Presland

Training day presentation

Course Overview:

Training courses in Product and Systems Test and Evaluation (PASTEE) are rather overlooked within the plethora of standard courses for systems engineers.

However, training in other topics often relies heavily on a system engineers' understanding of the basics of PASTEE. Indeed, without this, Requirements, Architecture, Design and the value of the Systems Modelling activity are highly likely to be compromised.

Coupled with this, most System Test and Evaluation activities occur relatively late in the overall development lifecycle: when the honeymoon period of a project is well and truly over. Budgets - perhaps stretched or overspent during the development phase - are under severe pressure in the latter stages of a project and the need to deliver is at its highest. This means that integration, verification, validation, certification, qualification and product/system test acceptance activities all need to be planned and executed effectively to ensure timely product/system delivery.

The principal aim of this course is to equip delegates with core knowledge in PASTEE planning and execution activities, processes and techniques.

Other key learning objectives are to ensure that after attending the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Identify key topics to be considered when developing a test strategy and describe why each is important in ensuring that value is delivered during the test activity
  • Describe different integration and test strategies, their strengths and weaknesses and how tailoring can assist in selecting the appropriate approach;
  • Define the purpose of integration, verification, validation, qualification, certification and acceptance, including key activities associated with each, required inputs and outputs generated;
  • Describe the relationship testing and evaluation has with other critical engineering activities such as Requirements Engineering, Architectural design, Product Line Management;
  • Select which type of test method (inspection, demonstration, analysis, test) will be appropriate for different classes of requirement;
  • Write a system test procedure in support of Verification or Validation following best practice guidelines.

The above objectives are achieved through an examination of processes, best practice tools and techniques identified in the INCOSE SE Handbook, supplemented with additional techniques and approaches commonly used in industry, real-world experience and practical examples provided by the trainer from their own background.

Course Trainer

Ian Presland has over 35 years experience across a variety of industry sectors including space, aerospace, defence, automotive and automated revenue collection industries, working at all levels including board level, in small, medium and large multinational companies. He now operates as an independent consultant covering a variety of industrial sectors across the globe.

Following an electronics degree, Ian started in hardware and firmware design before moving into high-level software development, finally settling in systems engineering where he has spent the last 20+ years.