Testing The Artefact

  • Testing the artefact requires a minimum of three stages
    • Real-world testing
      • Baseline – current performance
      • Using real-world data or respondents
    • Artefact Testing
      • Artefact works correctly
      • Artefact facets are refined
      • Use control data or test respondents
    • Real-world testing
      • Using real-world data or respondents
      • Compare new output with baseline output
      • In this example, there is a 5% difference


  • If your project does not have a baseline you need to be clear about the outcome based on research
    • For example: Increase security on website
      • Real-world testing after artefact creation must prove that the artefact is resistant to all specified attacks
  • All your results from these test stages can be used in your critical evaluation
  • We can visualise the test stages like this:


  • However, it is critical that you create a test plan as this demonstrates your understanding and project management skills. The test plan needs to reflect the development lifestyle which you have selected (linear or nonlinear).
  • We can visualise a test plan like this: