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Differences and similarities between Test, IV&V, and QA
This is my first post to QA Forums. I am a software test professional with over 7 years experience in software testing. My company recently switched me to a new project to perform IV&V activities. I am staring at IEEE Std 1059-1993 for Software Verification and Validation Plans.
Perhaps it's the caffiene not seeping into my frontal cortex yet, but I am still working on grasping the differences between IV&V and Testing. The standard talks about the IV&V preparing test cases and procedures.
My mental shorthand is that IV&V is an extension of Quality Assurance, though more in the quality control capacity. And, that IV&V does perform some independent testing in addition to QA'ing the testers' work.
Hoping someone can help clarify the differences in perspective. Through training and experience I have a pretty good grasp of the differences between QA and Test, but where IV&V fits in is still a little vague for me.
[This message has been edited by cminster (edited 03-26-2003).]
Re: Differences and similarities between Test, IV&V, and QA
I think the important letter in "IV&V" for you is the "I", which stands for "Independent". For instance, I work in the test department for a product supplied to the US DoD. I work for the company producing the product. The DoD has also hired a separate company to be their IV&V agent for this product. They do their own testing, and they report directly to the customer (DoD), thus at least hopefully not having any conflicts of interest, apparent or real. IV&V typically performs both QA and Testing acitivities, it's just to whom they are directly responsible that makes them IV&V.
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