Verification vs. Validation Testing: Product Development Checks & Balances
The upshot: The early stages of product development are all about defining and establishing product requirements and specifications to meet the needs of your end-users.
Verification and validation testing are essential to confirm that the product you end up developing meets those specifications and its intended use.
What is verification vs. validation testing?
Verification testing is used to confirm that a product meets specifications or requirements as defined in Phase Zero of the product development process. Verification testing should be conducted iteratively throughout a product design process, ensuring that the designs perform as required by the product specifications.
Product developers achieve verification using an array of methods that can include inspection, demonstration, physical testing, and simulation.
Validation testing is confirmation that a product meets its intended use and the needs of its users. Following successful verification, development teams should employ validation testing with the initial production product and in the actual (or simulated) use environment.
The main difference between verification and validation testing
Ultimately it boils down to two pretty simple ideas:
- Verification testing – Did I make the product correctly?
- Validation testing – Did I make the correct product?
Beyond verification versus validation of a product’s design, developers can also conduct “process validation” – this is an effort to confirm that the product’s manufacturing process yields outputs that comply with the product’s specifications.
Why are verification and validation testing important in the product development process?
Verification and validation testing play an integral part in the product development process. Creating technology and systems is an iterative cycle, in which development teams are constantly learning and feeding data back into the process.
Verification and validation activity serve as a system of checks and balances, ensuring that developers regularly evaluate if the product is functioning as intended and meeting the needs of its users. Testing also offers an important opportunity to document the tangible results of your design efforts.
By thoughtfully and thoroughly conducting verification and validation testing, product development teams can mitigate user error and costly delays in the product’s launch schedule.
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Goddard’s best practices for effective and efficient verification and validation testing
- Start early! Begin thinking about verification and validation testing efforts at the very start of the product development process. Don’t wait too long or else you may learn that your product doesn’t work as intended late in the game, creating needless cost increases and schedule delays.
- Clearly define your product’s specifications and requirements.
- Make sure that the product’s requirements are measurable. If you can’t tangibly measure or assess your product against its requirements, the requirement is ultimately not useful.
- De-risk your test results by testing in conditions that mirror your product’s use environment sooner rather than later.
- Plan and document your verification and validation testing activity. This will really help to move a project along efficiently.
- Be creative with your testing methods!
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At Goddard, our team of engineers and designers are well-versed in verification and validation testing activities for medical device development, life sciences and diagnostic systems, and high-tech consumer and industrial technologies.
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