1 Part 1: Fundamentals of the V-Modell

1.2 Objectives and Structure of the V-Modell

1.2.6 Contents and Structure of the V-Modell

As shown in Figure 1, the documentation of the »V-Modell comprises the following sections, each of which is intended for a specific »V-Modell User group:

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Figure 1: Target Groups of the V-Modell Sections

A fundamental knowledge of the first two parts is the prerequisite for the successful application of the V-Modell in a project. The following parts 3 to 7 are »V-Modell References. A V-Modell reference is a specific view of the contents of the V-Modell. It is not necessary to read these V-Modell References before starting a project. Instead, the V-Modell References and the parts 8 and 9 can be used as reference work to be at hand when necessary during project execution.

Section 1: »Fundamentals of the V-Modell

This section describes the basic core concepts of the V-Modell and the interaction between various V-Modell projects. In addition, it introduces application guidelines regulating the implementation of the V-Modell in concrete projects. Some of these application guidelines concentrate on basic management mechanisms, while others cover the proper processing of the project task.

Section 2: »A Tour through the V-Modell

The Tour through the V-Modell shows by means of selected examples how the V-Modell is applied within the scope of a concrete project. This section gives a first impression of the use of the V-Modell in practical projects.

Section 3: »V-Modell Reference Tailoring

The V-Modell Reference Tailoring describes the project types, project type variants and project characteristics which are used for preparing a specific application profile for the project. In addition, it presents the significant contents of the project execution strategies and process modules feasible with the V-Modell. Moreover, the decision gates available in the V-Modell will be described. Thus, this V-Modell reference includes the information required for »Tailoring.

Section 4: »V-Modell Reference Roles

The V-Modell Reference Roles provides a survey of all roles included in the V-Modell. In addition to a detailed description of the roles, this reference describes the products and activities for which each individual role is responsible and the processes in which the role is included. Thus, this V-Modell Reference provides a guideline for the assignment of roles and a first orientation for the future tasks and competences of the project members.

Section 5: »V-Modell Reference Work Products

The V-Modell Reference Products includes all disciplines, products and subjects of the V-Modell in accordance with the hierarchical product model. It describes the connections between the individual products by means of so-called product dependencies. Thus, this V-Modell reference is particularly relevant for editors and inspectors of V-Modell products.

Section 6: »V-Modell Reference Activities

The V-Modell Reference Activities includes all activities and work steps of the V-Modell in accordance with the hierarchical activity model. In particular, it describes the processing of the specific work steps within the scope of an activity. An activity determines the way and the work steps which will be employed in order to develop an actual product. Accordingly, this V-Modell Reference is particularly relevant for the project staff.

Section 7: »V-Modell Reference Mapping to Standards

Being used as base of organization-wide development processes, the V-Modell must be compatible with current (quasi) standards and regulations, e.g., »ISO 9001:2000, »ISO/IEC 15288 and »CMMI®. For each standard, the V-Modell Reference Mapping to Standards includes a presentation of the terms of the respective standard mapped to the V-Modell concept. Thus, this V-Modell Reference supports cross-trained persons who are already familiar with certain standards. In addition, the V-Modell Reference Mapping to Standards shows the coverage of standards like ISO, IEC, and CMMI by the V-Modell.

Section 8: »Annex

The Appendix includes several indices and reference works, e.g., method references, tool references, a glossary, a list of abbreviations and reference documents. The other V-Modell sections refer to the entries in the appendix as required.

Section 9: »Templates

This section includes templates for the individual products in the form of RTF documents. These templates can be employed directly within the scope of a project or adapted as required before use.