Applying Verification & Validation (V&V) Standards to Software Development and Testing

Course Description

Software products and systems need assurance adequate for the importance of their use. To the extent their failure will incur significant social, financial, or safety costs, they need to be systematically assessed and authoritatively appraised. Verification and validation (V&V) is a well-proven systems engineering approach to quality assurance. It draws upon static and dynamic methods for reducing risk in the development, acquisition, and use of the software.

This course teaches the updated IEEE 1012-2004 Standard and will treat the major components of V&V in a concrete manner, weaving ongoing cases studies. Participants will engage in active analysis, decision-making, and discussions with one another and receive their own copy of the IEEE Standard to take home with them at the end of the course. Conducted by a seasoned industry veteran who has been active on the IEEE standards working group for V&V, this course addresses the development and application of V&V techniques to a wide range of contemporary issues including what you need to do within V&V to support CMMI.


2 day(s)


9 - 5 pm




Exercises will be used throughout the course to reinforce V&V concepts.

Intended Audience

You may need to organize, manage, or participate in verification and validation tasks within a development or acquisition project. You may have to assess the need for V&V activities or to evaluate potential V&V contractors. It may be mandated for certain critical applications and has been successfully used in major projects by numerous government organizations including NASA and the FAA. If assurance of software products is your concern, this course will provide the tools needed for success.


Acquaintance with software development or acquisition issues. Some insights into project management, quality assurance, or testing would be helpful.


What is V&V?
  • Concepts
  • Definitions
  • Historical development
  • Standards and best practices

    Why do V&V?

  • Motivation
  • Benefits

    Who does V&V?

  • Skills sets
  • Organizational alternatives
  • Type and degrees of independence (IV&V)

    Overview of the V&V Effort

  • Integrated across the lifecycle
  • Mapped against other frameworks and models
  • Relationship to test planning, design, conduct, and reporting
  • Contributions to quality and project management

    Establishing Integrity Levels

  • Error identification
  • Likelihood of occurrence of errors
  • Error consequences

    Static Techniques

  • Inspections
  • Walkthroughs
  • Audits
  • Reviews

    Dynamic Techniques

  • Prototyping
  • Simulation
  • Unit Testing
  • Integration Testing
  • System Testing
  • Acceptance Testing

    Testing Lifecycle

  • Test Plan generation and verification
  • Test Design generation and verification
  • Test Procedure generation and verification
  • Test Execution and verification
  • Test Results reporting

    Performance of V&V Tasks

  • Selection of tasks according to integrity levels
  • Range (breadth) of performance
  • Intensity (depth) of performance
  • Rigor (formality) of performance

    V&V for All Software Lifecycle Processes

  • Management
  • Acquisition
  • Supply
  • Development
  • Operation
  • Maintenance

    Independence of V&V

  • Technical
  • Financial
  • Managerial

    Special Concerns

  • Hazard Analysis
  • Risk Analysis
  • Security Issues
  • Regulatory Compliance