Verification & Validation (V&V) Methodology
The FITMAN Verification and Validation (V&V) Methodology aims at verifying, validating and evaluating a software product from its conception to final release and implementation in real-life, trial settings. In general, Verification ensures that the product is being built according to the requirements and design specifications while Validation makes certain that the product actually meets the user’s needs, the specifications were correct in the first place and the product fulfils its intended use when placed in its intended environment.
The FITMAN V&V method provides a general and extendable framework which addresses the FITMAN needs, but is also reusable beyond FITMAN as it is up to each manufacturing trial and development team to streamline the method according to their own needs and requirements taking into account the guidelines provided. In more detail, the FITMAN V&V method defines, step-by-step, the scope of the activities that need to be performed, the potential alternative techniques to be applied, the stakeholders to be engaged, and the potential crowd engagement methods to be adopted.
The FTMAN V&V method captures the whole lifecycle of software engineering (from specification and design to implementation and real-life deployment), while balancing and bridging the business and technical perspectives in an effort to assess the software and “fit for purpose” requirements of trials and to evaluate the overall added value to the trials.
The V&V method is accompanied by appropriate sets of business and technical indicators covering all the verification and validation steps. Eventually, the application of the V&V method consolidates the techniques that have been applied in each step and can be documented in the accompanying FITMAN V&V Tool, according to a set of practical guidelines (within the FITMAN V&V Package) to assist all actors involved in implementing the FITMAN V&V methodology in practice.
For each step of the V&V method, one technique is recommended whereas alternative techniques are also proposed in case they are considered more appropriate for some trials. A selection of the most appropriate technique shall be made on the basis of certain criteria (such as available personnel, degree of familiarity and expertise, time and cost).
Infusing a crowd assessment mentality within the V&V activities by suggesting a set of approaches and platforms to engage various experts and stakeholders in each V&V step.