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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Independent Verification and Validation
October 1999 (vol. 32 no. 10)
pp. 79-83

The complexity of today's software systems mandates a structured approach to development and a verification and validation process that ensure that the right product is built and that it is built right. A V&V process is critical for those high-consequence systems in which a software failure can result in injury or death or where live testing isn't feasible. NASA Langley Research Center funded a study to examine the effectiveness of the Army's Software Engineering Evaluation System (SEES). The project led to a study designed to examine the benefits of using SEES as an independent V&V methodology. The study consisted of two independent development groups. Each was given an identical set of requirements that outlined a solution to a particular problem. The authors asked both groups to design, code, and test their software. The results indicate that IV&V provides a significant value-added component to the software development process.

James D. Arthur, Markus K. Gröner, Kelly J. Hayhurst, C. Michael Holloway, "Evaluating the Effectiveness of Independent Verification and Validation," Computer, vol. 32, no. 10, pp. 79-83, Oct. 1999, doi:10.1109/2.796141
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