- Jan 18, 2010
Benchmarking was the closet possible answer, the other options were way off. It is an evaluation using in-house rules or industry standards. Suppose the system was required to run for 22 hours per day. They would test it if it could run for 24 hours. This is known as quality assurance and while it does not directly relate to the concept of benchmarking, it is an aspect of benchmarking as it is putting numerically values i.e time lengths and comparing it to real world performance. I'm pretty sure it would be benchmarking. I don't have the paper but I remember the other options being stupid / way off.Yes, it probably would be best defined as a stress test. But benchmarking is definitely not stress testing. The situation lacks key features of benchmarking, mainly comparing results (usually numerical) to another product. Without that, it is simply not benchmarking.
First line from wiki: "Benchmarking is the process of comparing one's business processes and performance metrics to industry bests and/or best practices from other industries."
From the dictionary: "Evaluate or check (something) by comparison with a standard: "we are benchmarking our performance against external criteria"."
We can see here that it is not benchmarking.
And yeah, you're probably right with Q6.