Accession Number:

ADA510557

Title:

Cost Effective VV&A: Get Credit for What You're Already Doing

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER CHINA LAKE CA WARHEAD DEVELOPMENT BRANCH

Report Date:

2002-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

The vast majority of software engineers are conscientious professionals who work hard to convince themselves that their software does the right thing and works correctly. But they almost never write down what they do so that they can convince someone else. The work they do is, in essence, verification and validation. Part of the problem is that developers often dont think of what they do as VV, they may or may not be focused on the MS application requirements, and if its not documented then they cant get credit for it, anyway. This paper describes a cost-effective VVA approach centered on the capability, accuracy and usability of MS. This approach focuses VV activities on accreditation requirements by formalizing an intended use statement by the ultimate MS user. The approach also facilitates making best use of activities that already are ongoing during the development of the software. We identify some useful tips for low cost informal documentation of VV information required to support an accreditation.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE