IV&V can be invaluable to large development projects, providing the sponsoring entity with independent assessments of product quality and vendor process efficacy and consistency. One challenge to effective IV&V can be IV&V consultants “Going Native” and beginning to over identify with the vendor’s perspective, potentially compromising their objectivity. Participants in this session will: 1) Be oriented to the role of IV&V and its potential benefits; 2) Understand the risks of an IV&V vendor “going native” and over-identifying with the system vendor; 3) Become familiar with seven signs that suggest there is a danger that your IV&V Vendor is losing their objectivity; and 4) Learn possible corrective actions to remedy the problem before it gets out of hand.
Payson Hall is a consulting project manager, systems engineer, and founding member of Catalysis Group, Inc. He has performed and consulted on a variety of hardware and software systems integration projects in both the public and private sectors.