One of my managers many years ago in my career bestowed a bit of wisdom upon me that serves as a profound influence in my continued effort to master my craft:
"If I can't inspect it, I can't expect it."
Now consider an IT project, the kind that costs millions of dollars, involves a complex community of employees, contractors, and vendors all expected to work cohesively towards a common project mission objective. The community is loaded with diverse talents, skills, agendas, vices, and perspectives. And while executive leadership may already have trusted advisors, translators or mediators and a project management team, it cannot be overstated the importance having an independent inspector, unbiased by any facet of that community, focused squarely on client project success.
IV&V services aid executive management concentrate on risk identification (and mitigation), cost control, contract compliance, independently and separately from community members. IV&V identifies gaps, questions anything which might put the project in jeopardy, and in many cases (depending upon how IV&V is being utilized) not only informs, but makes recommendations based on sound best practices associated with the project and associated project influences.
I have spent countless hours on numerous projects identifying risks, developing risk mitigation strategies, advising course correction, and generally protecting my clients from negative results. Furthermore I have led IV&V missions on critical public service projects undeniably certain to negatively impact citizen and resident livelihoods due to service degradation or interruption. I understand the magnitude of what's at stake, and as an independent counsel, have two skins in the game - my client and those they serve, unbiased and unwavering.
These are just a few examples how an insightful eye, a seasoned executive presence, and a relentless pursuit of quality workmanship can be the difference in achieving success.