Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Verification Techniques

Verification is the process of confirming that interim deliverables have been developed according to their inputs, process specifications, and standards. Verification techniques include the following:
· Feasibility reviews – Tests for this structural element verify the logic flow of a unit of software (e.g., verifying that the software could conceivably perform after the solution is implemented the way the developers expect). Output from this review is a preliminary statement of high-level market requirements that becomes input to the requirements definition process (where the detailed technical requirements are produced).

· Requirements reviews – These reviews examine system requirements to ensure they are feasible and that they meet the stated needs of the user. They also verify software relationships; for example, the structural limits of how much load (e.g., transactions or number of concurrent users) a system can handle. Output from this review is a statement of requirements ready to be translated into system design.

· Design reviews – These structural tests include study and discussion of the system design to ensure it will support the system requirements. Design reviews yield a system design, ready to be translated into software, hardware configurations, documentation and training.

· Code walkthroughs – These are informal, semi-structured reviews of the program source code against specifications and standards to find defects and verify coding techniques. When done, the computer software is ready for testing or more detailed code inspections by the developer.

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