Relating Verification and Validation Methods to Software Product Quality Characteristics: Results of an Expert Survey

  • Isela Mendoza
  • Marcos KalinowskiEmail author
  • Uéverton Souza
  • Michael Felderer
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 338)


[Context] Employing appropriate verification and validation (V&V) methods is essential to improve software product quality. However, while several V&V methods have been documented, little is known about how these methods relate to specific product quality characteristics. [Goal] The goal of this paper is to provide an initial configuration on the suitability of selected V&V methods to address ISO 25010 software product quality characteristics. [Method] Therefore, we compiled a list of V&V methods and conducted a survey with V&V experts, asking them to evaluate how well each V&V method allows for addressing the ISO 25010 characteristics. [Results] We received 19 answers from experts of 7 different countries. Our results express the aggregated expert opinion. It is noteworthy that the experts mostly agreed in their opinions, indicating consistency in the results. [Conclusions] This work provides the first result on the relationship between V&V methods and quality characteristics. We believe that the aggregated opinion of 19 experts can serve as a starting point for further investigations by other researchers and to provide an additional understanding to practitioners.


Verification and validation methods Software product quality 



The authors would like to thank all the survey respondents.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isela Mendoza
    • 1
  • Marcos Kalinowski
    • 2
    Email author
  • Uéverton Souza
    • 1
  • Michael Felderer
    • 3
  1. 1.Fluminense Federal UniversityNiteroiBrazil
  2. 2.Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  3. 3.University of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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