Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP) is prepared using DoD Directive 5000.3 guidelines.
Alarms: Contractor and subcontractor tests are not identified.
Escapes: Contractor prepare an Integrated Test Plan (ITP) addressing all contractors and subcontractor tests.
Benefits: ITP will
identify duplicate or missing test activities and ensure proper test
Developmental testing is independently performed by contractor.
Alarms: No provisions are made for government personnel to participate in contractor weapon systems testing.
Escapes: Provide contractual arrangements for at least some government participation in contractor weapon systems testing.
Benefits: Coordinated test program between contractor
and government will provide early identification of
Test program is planned to support major milestone reviews.
Alarms: Time is insufficient for redesign or retest of identified problems. Milestone reviews are supported by unrealistic projections of limited test data.
Escapes: Base test schedules on engineering considerations with sufficient time provided for redesign/retest. Identify additional test resources for critical tests.
Benefits: Sufficient time will
be available to obtain technical data to satisfy project
Individual test plans are submitted for government approval.
Alarms: Integrated test plan is not required. Overall test program is not reviewed for duplicate or missing test activities.
Escapes: Ensure that test program objectives are satisfied by planning for required integration of individual tests.
Benefits: Test facilities and resources will be used efficiently.
"Integrated Test Best Practices: How to Avoid Surprises in the World's Most Complicated Technical Process. Department of the Navy; Reliability, Maintainability, and Quality Assurance Directorate (NAVSO P-6071), March 1986,pp. 5-1 to 5-6.