Using optimization to improve test planning
Payne, Arlene M.
Kline, Jeffrey E.
Yakimenko, Oleg A.
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Test schedule development is a specialized process that is complex, time-consuming, and iterative. For Department of Defense program management offices, test schedules play a critical role in program schedule development and decision making. This research captures a Department of Defense program management office’s existing test scheduling process that is developed based on heuristics. This research establishes requirements for conversion of the test scheduling process into a test scheduling optimization model that is constraint and rule-based. The developed model is verified and validated to assess whether it is functioning as intended and to determine if the test scheduling optimization model can be used to aid test planners in their test planning schedule development efforts. The results of this research indicate that, with additional work to make the input more user-friendly and to display the output differently, the test and evaluation test schedule optimization model would be a good tool for the test and evaluation schedulers.
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