Validation planning is closely related to the work conducted to apply the UCD approach to system development and to the continuous refinement of the user interface concept, by direct involvement of users and beneficiaries in appropriate tests.
Consequently, final validation activities are composed of three interrelated parts:
Technical validation covers integration and system testing of the VAALID final prototype. After the technical validation, the prototype is ready to be used in the user experience validation and business validation phases.
User experience validation covers the evaluation of the final user interface, specified in D1.2 and implemented in the VAALID final prototype. The UEX validation have been organized as scenario-based usability test in 2 separate phases, two tests that addressed the VAALID IDE in total
AE Tests: Aim of this study was an evaluation of the final Eclipse based prototype of the VAALID AE, as result of the Human-centred design process, from the usability and user experience perspective.
SE/VR Tests: The goal was to evaluate the quality of the experience of the Simulation Environment with a focus on realism and immersion.
Business validation aims at assessing the level of achievements of project objectives and user acceptance vis-à-vis industrial viability.
Integration and system testing is performed from M27 to M30 (July-October'10)
User experience validation and Business validation trials are performed from M31 to M35 (November'10-March'11)
Analysis of validation results and derivation of relevant recommendations and guidelines will be done from M34 to M36 (Feb-Apr'11)
Validation activities will be conducted at three different pilot sites, located in Germany, in Spain and in Italy.
Pilot sites are heterogeneous in terms of both technical and business scenarios. Although this heterogeneity certainly makes it relatively more complex to devise appropriate measurement instruments that duly cater for relevant differences, it is also very important because it allows to test the VAALID paradigm in a broader context, that can correspondingly bring to the Consortium a greater and richer amount of information, to be used in deriving final recommendations and guidelines for the usage and the commercial exploitation of the system.