Before we look at how we can ensure Mechanical quality in our models, a few words about the other side of the coin – content quality.
This is the kind of quality that it’s currently hard, or impossible, to check using any kind of automation. Even an AI would find it hard to check that a requirement which says ‘All wibbles shall be blue‘ is correct. We can only ask the originator of the requirement what color they want their wibbles to be.
Achiving and maintining content quality is about making sure that those prople who know what the requirement should look like have had a chance to review it. And that probably isn’t by asking them to review a 500 page document over the weekend. It’s the result of carefully thought out programme of engagement with the knowledge holder, maybe in workshops, or by small, readable, well-presented documents, or by giving them the information in the form of a Prolaborate website.
In all cases, if your model is mechanically correct, then you’re still only part way to a good quality model. Content quality is critical. Mechanical quality is important too. And mechanical quality can be checked quick and easily, so there’s no need to spend time on it. Much better to concentrate on content.
That’s all about content quality – the rest of this is about making the checking of mechanical quality as painless as possible.