Process Acceptance is a term that refers to testing the process results to learn whether they match certain validity standards.
Process acceptance includes the following concepts:
- Process acceptance criteria (certain specifications which process outcomes should fit to);
- Process acceptance procedures (certain chemical, physical, or performance tests);
Process acceptance criteria mean a list of requirements that must be satisfied before the process outcomes are transited to the later steps (let’s say are delivered to the customer). Process acceptance criteria imply a collection of target values for metrics which process’s outcomes should comply with to prevent their rejection and hence the organization’s loses.
Process acceptance procedures are special testing arrangements designed to approve suitability of process outcomes to predefined acceptance criteria. In other words they are conducted to determine if the requirements of a technical specification (or contract) are met by the process. Consistency of results is what can be achieved only by continuous process acceptance approach that is based upon a number of control-feedback loops throughout the whole process run.