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A Hybrid Approach for Overcoming Common IV&V Challenges

Summary: [This abstract is based on the author’s abstract.] Independent verification and validation (IV&V) is a third-party evaluation method typically used in government agencies. Traditional IV&V teams conduct reviews of contractor work products throughout the software development life cycle to ensure that they conform to requirements and that the product functions as intended. These teams frequently encounter cultural resistance, a negative and often defensive reaction to process-oriented changes based on verification of work product developed by individuals or teams. Cultural resistance can obstruct or marginalize the implementation of improvements based on IV&V findings, causing the failure of IV&V projects that could make positive contributions. A method is presented to overcome these causes of failure by adopting a hybrid improvement-oriented approach to IV&V.

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  • Topics: Software and Technology (for statistics, measurement, analysis)
  • Keywords: Software quality assurance (SQA), Validation, Verification, IEEE standards, Capability Maturity Model (CMM), Nonconformance, Cultural change
  • Author: Wagoner, David F.
  • Journal: Software Quality Professional Magazine