D8.2 Quality Assurance Plan
In accordance with the objectives of Work Package 8, this deliverable is dedicated to describing the conduction of continuous quality assurance activities for the operation of the project and the production of its scientific and technical results. Task 8.2 is concerned with the management of the quality of the produced deliverables, software, and other project outputs throughout the project’s lifespan. Moreover, the current deliverable examines potential risks and risk management procedures.
Quality assurance is about verifying that the project processes are adequate to lead to high-quality outputs. The plan foresees quality assurance procedures of technical results, scientific results, reports and deliverables that are produced by INFORE. Information flow, communication and reporting are described as quality process monitoring tools.
Risk management is also considered as an aspect of quality, since risks that are unforeseen or remain unmanaged can severely affect both technical and scientific progress, let alone its quality. The project risk management methodology includes the steps for conducting risk identification, risk assessment, determination of risk response strategies and risk monitoring processes. The objectives of project risk management are to decrease the probability and impacts of events or circumstances adverse to the project success. Risks are identified and assessed by all partners, while the risk management process is orchestrated by the Project Coordinator. Every identified risk is evaluated and tagged with a probability and impact and is accompanied with a specific avoidance and/or mitigation plan. A Risk Management Registry is created and updated throughout the projects lifespan to systematically document the identified risks together with their assessment and mitigation strategies.
The procedures described in the present document are in line with current best practices in project management and they are well suited to the project, i.e., they are effective and do not require excessive quality control overheads.