Nadica Hrgarek: Software Verification and Validation Best Practices

Nadica Hrgarek

About the Talk (slides)

As part of the round table this short talk will cover the used terminology and best practices of software verification and validation (V & V). Software V & V activities play an important role in the whole life cycle of a software product. The purpose of these activities is not just to “control” or “evaluate” the quality of the software throughout the life cycle. When properly planned and applied from the beginning, V & V will help to build quality into the software product and establish confidence that the product is fit for purpose.

Software verification is intended to confirm that design output conforms with design input requirements/specifications (i.e. are we building the product right?). Software validation is intended to develop a level of confidence that the software conforms with customer needs (i.e. are we building the right product?).

We will talk about the following V & V best practices: application of software V & V early in the software development process, appropriate selection of software V & V techniques, manual versus automated testing, proper documentation of software V & V activities including problem tracking, training of personnel on software V & V, setting up an effective testing team, and continuous process improvement. The participants will also gain a first-hand insight into the different approaches to integrate software V & V activities throughout the software life cycle.

About the Speaker

Nadica Hrgarek is a Software Quality Engineer at an innovative hearing implant company in Austria. Hrgarek received a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in information sciences from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics, Croatia.

Her current research interests include quality management, process improvement, software process modeling, software metrics, and agile methodologies. She holds the ISO 9000 internal and lead auditor, ISTQB Certified Tester Full Advanced Level (Test Manager, Technical Tester and Functional Tester), IREB Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering and iSQI Certified Professional for Project Management Foundation Level certificates.

She is a member of the German association for software quality and training.


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