IEEE 1012 2016 Update for V&V

IEEE 1012 2016 Edition has just been published.  This new update is a revision of the 2012 Edition and it’s Corrigendum 1 (correction sheet).  The standard is titled Standard for System, Software, and Hardware Verification and Validation.  It helps organizations determine if their products meet the intended use (user needs).

Verification and validation (V&V) processes can be used for systems, software and hardware.  Even interfaces are included in V&V scopes.  It’s used throughout the product lifecycle, a tool for building and maintaining quality in a product or system.  You’ll use objective tools to assess, analyze, evaluate, review, inspect and test products and processes.  It’s an on-going process intended to be used during your product lifecycles, not afterwards.

The 260-page IEEE 1012 provides requirements in terms of activities and tasks to use for V&V.  It begins with the usual scope, referenced documents, and definitions sections.  It then moves on to the relationships between V&V and lifecycle processes.  Clause 5 shows you how to use integrity levels to determine the scope of your V&V processes.  Next you’ll get an overview of the V&V process and testing.  Details follow in Clause 7.

Sections 8, 9, and 10 cover V&V processes for systems, software and hardware respectively.  Clause 11 is on the various reports and other documentation requirements.  And finally, Clause 12 reviews the V&V plan.  13 Annexes then follow.  These are all informative, covering a wide array of issues.  The last is a 22-item bibliography.

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