Systems Engineering

Validation and Verification

Validation and Verification (V&V) are steps to determine if a system or component satisfies its operational and system-level requirements. V&V requirements are established during the course of a program to provide adequate direction for system engineers to gauge the progress of a program. Validation is a quality control process that determines if operational requirements are meet for the overall system to meet to Initial Capabilities Document (ICD) and Capability Development Document (CDD).  The analysis is a testing method primarily used in Validation. Verification is a quality control process that determines if a system meets its system-level requirements.  Inspection and demonstration is the main testing method used in Verification.

V&V is important to the designer, the systems engineer, the Program Manager (PM), and the customer. The V&V efforts provide direct evidence of progress towards ultimately meeting the customer’s requirements. The V&V results provide incremental assurance that the product will pass the customer’s criteria. Eventually, these results provide proof that the product performs as specified, and provide an indication of how well the product will satisfy its operational needs. [1]

Validation Process
The Validation Process answers the question of, “Is it the right solution to the problem?” As such, this process works in conjunction with the Stakeholder Requirements, Requirements Analysis, and Architecture and Design processes. It evaluates the requirements, functional and physical architectures and ultimately evaluates the implementation. In the early stages of the system development life cycle, validation may involve independent evaluation of the system requirements, development of prototypes, and simulations all with the purpose of validating the system concept.

There are three (3) processes that encompass validation: [1]

  1. The review of documentation by an operational authority other than the user to confirm the operational capability. Validation is the precursor to approval.
  2. The process by which the contractor tests a publication/technical manual for technical accuracy and adequacy.
  3. The process of evaluating a system or software component during, or at the end of, the development process to determine whether it satisfies specified requirements.

Verification Process
It confirms that a system element meets design-to or build-to specifications. Throughout the system’s life cycle, design solutions at all levels of the physical architecture are verified through a cost-effective combination of analysis, examination, demonstration, and testing, all of which can be aided by modeling and simulation. [1]

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Updated: 4/22/2021

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