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Quality Assurance with IV&V
As more large development initiatives transition to Agile methodologies, organizational needs remain consistent to conduct Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V), regardless of development methodology. An Agile approach to Quality Assurance introduces IV&V activities earlier in organizational change initiatives, development lifecycles, and in infrastructure implementations. This approach can be blended with traditional Quality Assurance practices to meet enterprise, regulatory or implementation specific requirements.
As organizations modernize their technology stacks, expedite business agility and product management transformations and optimize data capabilities, conducting the IV&V process through new test early approaches results in: quicker remediation of defects, greater conformance to program requirements and insights into risks and performance.
A Bimodal Approach to Quality Assurance
xScion follows a Bimodal approach to Quality Assurance that allows for traditional IV&V for waterfall methodology or, two Agile IV&V options for those employing the newer development methods. By having a laser focus on earlier IV&V testing, xScion’s Agile IV&V approach results in early detection of variances/issues, as well as earlier opportunities within development lifecycles and OCM initiatives to remediate defects.
Three IV&V Methods to Meet Your Unique Needs:
Agile Process IV&V
Designed to best address process changes related to OCM initiatives, implementation of best practice frameworks, and introduction of new tools related to automation.
Agile Embedded IV&V
Allows IV&V testing to be conducted in parallel to development lifecycle activities. This method allows for earlier output of IV&V activities which in turn reduces defects, costs of remediations, delays, and rework. IV&V teams maintain autonomy yet still build working relationships with development teams that provides greater cohesion and greater velocity.
Provides a structured approach to tackling large initiatives that can involve multiple stakeholder groups, vendors, and management. These approaches leverage traditional quality and best practice frameworks including CMMI and PMBOK.
Case Study: Embedded Agile IV&V
xScion used an Agile approach to verify and validate the outcome of implementing test automation within an insurance company. The testing processes began early in the development lifecycle, with our team embedded within various development, testing, and business teams. This method allowed the IV&V team to provide early feedback on requirements (use cases) that led to remediations before costly development and testing re-work was required.
As a result, xScion validated that the automation initiative not only functioned correctly but led to positive ROI as planned within the project. Time reductions were significant.