Learning Opportunity

Don't Dread The Validation And Verification Process; Use It To Build Knowledge

You just presented the steering committee with a status report on your project. You're feeling great: The project is on schedule, within budget and meeting scope. But then you hear an independent validation and verification (IV&V) firm has been hired to confirm all the rosy news you just presented. You start to feel nervous. What if you made an error in your estimates? What if they find a major flaw in your project plan and tell the executives at your organization? The IV&V process—which is expanding beyond government and into commercial firms—can put fear in the heart of a project manager. But it doesn't have to be this way. In fact, the review can be a great learning experience for project professionals.
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