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Use the Independent Verification and Validation Plan template to ensure third party contractors can objectively review, analysis, and test your software and/or hardware.
Use the template to prepare and respond to the IV&V assessment activities and project reviews. Identify stakeholders/roles responsible for each process, estimated timeframe for completing the steps, and the planned approach.

What is an Independent Verification and Validation Plan?

An Independent Verification and Validation Plan is a formal review, analysis, and testing of software and/or hardware performed by a third party. The third party will verify that the requirements have been correctly defined, validate that the system has implemented the technical and functional requirements, and make recommendations based on their investigations.

What is the difference between V&V and IV&V?

The V&V is performed by the software development company. For example, by its QA, Development, and Support teams.

The IV&V performed by an independent organization. Its aim is to be objective and highlight gaps, errors, or anomalies which may have been overlooked.

Why is IV&V important?

As the IV&V identifies high-risk areas early in a project, it helps mitigate risks and prepare contingencies.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
1.1 Purpose of this document
1.2 Objectives
1.3 System Identification
1.4 Scope
1.5 Risks
1.6 Key Stakeholders
1.7 Relationship to Other Plans

2 Management Approach
2.1 Master Schedule
2.2 Tasks
2.3 Organization
2.4 Roles and Responsibilities
2.5 Tools, Techniques, and Methodology

3 Verification and Validation Plans
3.1 Management
3.2 Concept Phase
3.3 Requirements Phase
3.4 Design Phase
3.5 Implementation Phase
3.6 Test Phase
3.7 Installation Phase
3.8 Operation and Maintenance Phase

4 Reporting

5 Administrative Procedures
5.1 Anomaly Reporting and Resolution
5.2 Task Iteration Policy
5.3 Deviation Policy
5.4 Control Procedures
5.5 Standards, Practices, and Conventions

6 Appendix A: Independent Verification & Validation Plan Approval

7 Appendix B: Reference Documents

8 Appendix C: Glossary of Terms

Product Details

Independent Verification and Validation template
Work Breakdown Structure spreadsheet

Page Count

  • MS Word document – 21 pages
  • MS Excel – 1 spreadsheet

File Format

The templates are in Microsoft Word (.docx) and Microsoft Excel (.xlsx) format.

Opening the files

The files are saved in a zip file. You don’t need any special software to unzip the files. To unzip the file, right click on it, select Extract, and save it to your computer.

Getting Started

Depending on your MS Office settings, the files may say Read Only when you open them. If this occurs, click File, Save As and save the files. There are no security settings on any of the files.


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