On-Demand Webinar:

Quality, Test & Measurement

Date: September 15, 2010
Time: 11 AM EDT (8 AM PDT)
Duration: 1 hour


Historically, the test development phase of a new product introduction begins when the design process is complete. There are many challenges with this form of sequential test development. Product release dates can slip, projects can come in over budget, and corners may be cut, jeopardizing product quality. To overcome these challenges, many electronic manufacturers are beginning to view test as a competitive advantage rather than a necessary evil. This requires they treat test more like a product in regards to the planning, resources, and tools allocated to test system development. This approach to test can significantly improve on-time delivery and minimize budget overruns. Treating test like a product also improves product quality through enhanced visibility and negotiation between design and test engineering. This presentation explains best practices for "treating test like a product."

Key Take-Aways

  • Understand the business impact of treating test like a product
  • Avoid common organizational pitfalls when considering the role of test
  • Justify the ROI of increased investments among your test teams


Richard McDonell, Senior Group Manager, National Instruments

Richard McDonell is a senior group manager for automated test product marketing with National Instruments. He has been with National Instruments since 1999 and led in the successful adoption of NI TestStand test management software and PXI modular instrumentation while serving as an industry leader in the test engineering community through numerous technical presentations, articles, and whitepapers. His specific technical focus areas include modular test software and hardware system design, parallel test strategy, and instrument control bus technology. Prior to his current role, McDonell held positions as a group manager for software product marketing and as an applications engineer working directly on customer applications and field training. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.

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