Checklist of Checkpoints for "QA Framework: Operational Guidelines"

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Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux (dom@w3.org)
Lofton Henderson (lofton@rockynet.com)
See Acknowledgments in QA Framework: Operational Guidelines.


This document is an appendix QA Framework: Operational Guidelines [QAF-OPS] . It provides a tabular checklist of all checkpoints from the specification guidelines, complete with their priorities. Please refer to QA Framework: Operational Guidelines [QAF-OPS] for the full statement and description of the operational guidelines and checkpoints, as well as references to related documents and full credits and acknowledgements of contributors to the operational guidelines work.

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This checklist includes all checkpoints from the QA Framework: Operational Guidelines [QAF-OPS] presented in a tabular format. The checkpoint priorities are included, and the order of the operational guidelines document is maintained.

The presentation is intended to be convenient for organizers and evaluators of QA projects in W3C Working Groups, to facilitate assessing operational aspects against the checkpoints. The table includes spaces for scoring each checkpoint, "yes" (satisfied), "no" (not satisfied), "n/a" (not applicable).


For a description of the meaning of the priorities in the following table, please consult the conformance clause and the priorities definition section of the operational guidelines ([QAF-OPS], chapter 4 and section 1.6) .

Checklist table

Guideline 1. Integrate Quality Assurance into Working Group activities.

Nbr Checkpoint Priority Yes No N/A

Commit to at least "QA level three".

[Priority 1]      

Commit to at least "QA level five".

[Priority 2]      

Commit to at least "QA level seven".

[Priority 3]      

Enumerate QA deliverables and expected milestones.

[Priority 1]      

Associate QA criteria with WG milestones.

[Priority 2]      

Guideline 2. Define resources for Working Group QA activities.

Nbr Checkpoint Priority Yes No N/A

Address where and how conformance test materials will be produced.

[Priority 1]      

Address QA staffing commitments.

[Priority 1]      

Request allocation of QA resources to the Working Group.

[Priority 1]      

Guideline 3. Synchronize QA activities with the milestones for WG deliverables.

Nbr Checkpoint Priority Yes No N/A

Synchronize the publication of QA deliverables and the specification's drafts.

[Priority 2]      

Support specification versioning/errata in the QA deliverables.

[Priority 3]      

Guideline 4. Define the QA process.

Nbr Checkpoint Priority Yes No N/A

Appoint a QA moderator.

[Priority 1]      

Appoint a QA task force.

[Priority 2]      

Produce the QA Process Document.

[Priority 1]      

Specify means for QA-related communication.

[Priority 2]      

Define the QA framework for test materials development.

[Priority 1]      

Specify a policy for branding materials.

[Priority 3]      

Guideline 5. Plan test materials development.

Nbr Checkpoint Priority Yes No N/A

Ensure test materials are documented and usable for their intended purposes.

[Priority 1]      

Define a contribution process.

[Priority 2]      

Define the licenses applicable to submitted test materials.

[Priority 1]      

Define review procedures for submitted test materials.

[Priority 2]      

Guideline 6. Plan test materials publication.

Nbr Checkpoint Priority Yes No N/A

Ensure a suitable repository location for test materials.

[Priority 1]      

Define the licenses applicable to published test materials.

[Priority 1]      

Describe how and where the test materials will be published.

[Priority 2]      

Provide a conformance verification disclaimer with the test materials.

[Priority 1]      

Address the publication of test results for products.

[Priority 2]      

Guideline 7. Plan the transfer of test materials to W3C if needed.

Nbr Checkpoint Priority Yes No N/A

Perform a quality assessment of any test materials that are candidates for transfer.

[Priority 2]      

Identify sufficient staff resources to meet the needs of any transferred test materials.

[Priority 1]      

For any transferred test materials, resolve all IPR issues with the external party that produced the test materials.

[Priority 1]      

Guideline 8. Plan for test materials maintenance.

Nbr Checkpoint Priority Yes No N/A

Maintain the contribution and review procedures throughout the entire life cycle of the test materials and the standard itself.

[Priority 3]      

Specify a test materials update procedure to track new specification versions/errata.

[Priority 2]      

Identify a procedure for test validity appeals.

[Priority 2]      


QA Framework: Operational Guidelines , L. Henderson, D. HazaŽl-Massieux, K. Gavrylyuk, D. Dimitriadis, L. Rosenthal, Eds., W3C Working Draft, 2002, available at http://www.w3.org/TR/qaframe-ops/.