Compliance testing- also known as Conformance testing is a nonfunctional testing technique which is undertaken to check whether the system developed meets the organization’s prescribed standards or not.
Compliance testing is also known as Conformance testing. The standards normally used by the IT industry, are basically defined by the large organizations like IEEE (International institute of electrical and electronics engineers) or W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), etc.
There is a separate category of testing known as - Non-Functional Testing.
Nonfunctional testing focuses on the nonfunctional features of the software. These nonfunctional features can include:
why perform compliance testing?
We perform compliance testing to determine wether the development and maintenance process meets the prescribed methodology.
To Ensure that the deliverables of each phase of the development meets the standards, procedures, and guidelines.
Evaluate the documentation of the project to check for completeness and reasonableness
When should you perform a compliance testing?
It is solely the management’s call. If they want, they have to enforce sufficient tests to validate the degree of compliance to the methodology and identify the violators. But it may be possible that lack of compliance is due NOT understanding the methodology or they are misunderstood.
To ensure that the teams have a proper and clear understanding of the standards, procedures, and methodology. They can arrange proper training for the team if needed.
It may be possible that the standards are not published properly or maybe that the standards itself are of poor quality. In such a situation, efforts should be made either to rectify it or to adopt a new methodology.
It is important that the compliance check should be made right from the inception of the project than at the later stage because it would be difficult to correct the application when the requirement itself is not adequately documented.
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