The methodology of man-machine systems: Problems of verification and validation

E. Hollnagel

    Research output: Book/ReportReportResearch

    63 Downloads (Pure)

    Abstract

    This paper provides an elementary discussion of the problems of verification and validation in the context of the empirical evaluation of designs for man-machine systems. After a definition of the basic terms, a breakdown of the major parts of the process of evaluation is given, with the purpose of indicating where problems may occur. This is followed by a discussion of verification and validation, as two distinct concepts. Finally, some of the practical problems of ascertaining validity are discussed. The general conclusion is that rather than rely blindly on a well-established procedure or rule, one should pay attention to the meaningfulness of the aspects which are selected for observation, and the degree of systematism of the methods of observation and analysis. A qualitative approach is thus seen as complementary to a quantitative approach, rather than antithetical to it.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationRoskilde, Denmark
    PublisherRisø National Laboratory
    Number of pages30
    ISBN (Print)87-550-0798-8
    Publication statusPublished - 1981
    SeriesRisø-M
    Number2313
    ISSN0418-6435

    Keywords

    • Risø-M-2313
    • Man-Machine systems
    • Nuclear power plants
    • Planning

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The methodology of man-machine systems: Problems of verification and validation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this