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2.11 Pilot or Field Testing

The purpose of field (pilot) testing is to verify that the system works in the user-like environment (or a representative set of locations). The emphasis is on verifying business processes, interfaces, connectivity, co-residency with other applications, and performance on the user-likehardware using simulated data.

Pilot or field testing (as it is sometimes called) is optional, but recommended whenever significant changes have been made or when a new system is to be deployed.

Pilot or field testing involves release of working software as often as possible in order to realize value or in order to stabilize product or as warranted with an explicit, stated reason. Such a need is defined by the business, the problem domain, and the distribution channel's ability to absorb releases. The pilot or field testing commences after completion of successful completion of system and/or acceptance testing and also, after addressing all high priority errors. An updated version of the code after these activities shall be delivered to the Configuration Manager.
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  • Pilot or Field Testing Considerations
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