Fitness for purpose


The ability of a technological outcome[6] to serve its intended purpose (“do the job”) within its intended context[7], where the “job to be done” is clearly defined by the brief[8].

Fitness for purpose[1] in its broadest sense extends the context to the practices involved in the development of the outcome, including such things as the sustainability[2] of resources[3] used, treatment of the people involved in manufacture, ethical nature of testing[4] practices, cultural appropriateness of trialling[5] procedures, determination of life cycle, and ultimate disposal.

Terms definitions
1. Fitness for purpose. The ability of a technological outcome to serve its intended purpose (“do the job”) within its intended context, where the “job to be done” is clearly defined by the brief. Fitness for purpose in its broadest sense extends the context to the practices involved in the development of the outcome, including such things as the […]
2. sustainability. The use of resources, the creation of products and/or the provision of services in such a way as to meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs by the same or similar means. Related Articles: Glossary: OutcomeGlossary: PrototypeGlossary: Safety planGlossary: Technological outcomesGlossary: Digital OutcomeGlossary: Digital OutcomesPerformance Standard / Assessment […]
3. resources. Something (raw materials, time, personnel, information) used to help achieve an objective. Related Articles: Glossary: OutcomeGlossary: PrototypeGlossary: Safety planGlossary: Technological outcomesGlossary: Digital OutcomeGlossary: Digital OutcomesPerformance Standard / Assessment Criteria« Back to Glossary Index
4. testing. Testing is about confirming decisions and ensuring that the desired result is produced form and outcome or component. Related Articles: Glossary: OutcomeGlossary: PrototypeGlossary: Safety planGlossary: Technological outcomesGlossary: Digital OutcomeGlossary: Digital OutcomesPerformance Standard / Assessment Criteria« Back to Glossary Index
5. trialling. Trialling is about gathering information to inform decision making. The focus is on trialling the components and components (parts) of the outcome. Related Articles: Glossary: OutcomeGlossary: PrototypeGlossary: Safety planGlossary: Technological outcomesGlossary: Digital OutcomeGlossary: Digital OutcomesPerformance Standard / Assessment Criteria« Back to Glossary Index