Independent Verification and Validation

Since 2004, the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) (formerly part of the Department of Budget and Management) has selected Cirdan Group to conduct more than 30 independent verification and validation (IV&V) assessments of various State of Maryland major information technology projects (MITDP). DoIT is responsible for the project management oversight of all state MITDPs, and in this role, it supports more than 90 state agencies in the effective execution of State of Maryland system development life cycle (SDLC) and project management best practices. Challenged by disparate processes, lean staffing, and deficiencies of project management capability at the agency-level, DoIT counts on Cirdan Group as a proven project management consultancy to consistently, effectively, and comprehensively determine project health and identify realistic corrective actions required to minimize project cost, schedule, and quality risk.

Cirdan Group utilizes its proprietary IV&V Toolkit to conduct all State of Maryland IV&V assessments. The Cirdan Team begins with a thorough investigation including extensive documentation review and stakeholder interviews. This information is analyzed to determine compliance with all Project Management Institute (PMI) and SDLC best practices and to ascertain the many aspects of the IT solution’s feasibility. The Cirdan Team then carefully develops a detailed findings report, which includes strengths, areas for improvement, and risk-mitigating recommendations for all relevant project management and life cycle areas. Finally, the team presents findings to DoIT and the evaluated agency and, in some cases, continues to support the agency in the implementation of corrective actions.