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ISBN-13: 978-0471498827 ISBN-10: 0471498823 Edition: 1st
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"All undergraduates should read it and all test and engineering managers should have a copy." (Journal of the Safety & Reliability Society, Autumn 2000)

"Intended as an undergraduate engineering textbook, it covers mechanical, electronics, and software testing, and identifies which testing methods are appropriate to each stage of the product life cycle." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2001)

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Testing is the most expensive, time-consuming and difficult activity in the development of engineering products and systems. Many industrial testing practices are based upon traditional standards and procedures that fail to provide the optimum balance of assurance versus cost and time. Presenting a consistent philosophy of test engineering, this book is the first of its kind to describe the broad spectrum of modern methods and technologies.
This valuable reference will aid engineers who must manage and conduct the difficult and uncertain tasks of testing new designs and products. The unique and readable style makes this an indispensable text for all engineering students.
* A multi-disciplinary approach to test engineering including test economics and management.
* Practical, concise descriptions of the methods and technologies in modern mechanical, electronics and software testing, including accelerated test.
* Insights into the developing interface between modern design analysis methods and testing practice.
* An explanation of why products and systems fail, which testing methods are appropriate to each stage of the product life cycle and how testing can reduce failures.
* An overview of international testing regulations and standards.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 22, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471498823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471498827
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Stanton on July 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It is the very first book (that I'm aware of) written for test engineers and managers. This book is an overview of all types of testing.
The author's philosophy is excellent.....
"The author has never found a company or a project where it was considered in retrospect by those involved that too much was spent on a development test programme." Test Engineering by Patrick D. T. O'Connor.
When you consider that Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, the Comet IV and the Challenger failed not because of negligence, but because critical data slipped through the cracks, or was misinterpreted, this book may just prevent that next tragic unknown from taking place. Or at least arm engineers, and managers, as to what is taking place.
Highly recommended, from one in the business.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ginensky on January 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book seeking practical information relating to testing of manufactured PCB assemblies. I found relatively little information on that subject, and the information I did find was of a general nature.
I got the impression that if you are interested in a survey of issues dealing with mechnaical failures, you might find more to like in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Mackley on April 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A very good book in content, O'Connor covers the major issues, provides resources and methods for driving deeper into developing appropriate test plans and does an okay coverage of test management. The book could do better from a Test Philosophy perspective, although the chapter on management comes close.

The drawback is the publishers quality of reprinting the figures. At last count there were 8 figures with missing or illegible text. Mostly this is annoying and not detrimental to conveying the concepts. However, the flow charts on test management / test plans are so bad as to be nearly worthless. It could be an issue with the particular printing I have. As of this review I have attempted to contact the author and publisher, but I do not expect a response. Amazon replaced the book, but the replacement also had the problems.

So would I recommend the book, yes, but only IF the figures are taken care of, otherwise I would say find a different source. If the figures are resolved then I would rate it a strong 4, maybe a 5. If the author grows the test management material then it would be a strong 5.
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