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Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Vector SecurityCheck for risk-oriented Cyber Security
Cyber-security matters for almost any automotive domain, be it connectivity, powertrain or infotainment. Without security, there is no safety. Therefore, advanced risk assessment and mitigation is the order of the day. Risk-oriented security engineering for automotive systems helps in both designing for robust systems as well as effective mitigation upon attacks or exploits of vulnerabilities. We show in this presentation with concrete examples how risk-oriented cyber security can be successfully achieved in automotive systems. Specifically we introduce the Vector SecurityCheck tool.
2017-10-16
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ford and Vector: Agile Systems Engineering
Our Ford case study shows how to practically implement agile systems engineering – on a global scope. Vector Consulting has supported Ford over several years to establish such agile framework. Agile Systems Engineering supports the continuous and flexible development of requirements up to validation. It creates understanding of critical dependencies and provides methodological support to address growing complexity. Due to the increased abstraction level at the beginning of the requirements development and analysis, problem descriptions are much clearer, simpler and less redundant. This not only improves the development speed, but also ensures clearly understood domain concepts within the project. Our case study with Ford highlights industry experiences and thus provides orientation in the linking of agile development and system engineering. Our industry projects show efficiency gains of 20-30%, primarily due to shorter cycle times.
2017-09-21
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Functional Safety and Cyber Security
Security is today a key challenge for all IT and embedded systems. Security directly impacts reliability, availability and functional safety. Based on the specific challenges of automotive security, OEMs and suppliers have to realize an effective protection against manipulations of automotive E/E systems. Key points in the development of protected E/E systems are the proper identification of security requirements, the systematic realization of security functions, and a security validation to demonstrate that security requirements have been met. Based on our experiences in several client projects, we show which security engineering activities are required to create secure systems and how these activities can be performed efficiently in the automotive domain. Read our thought-provoking presentation from the recent Vector Congress.
2017-09-09
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Risk Oriented Security
Vehicles like any other open and distributed IT system are subject to security attacks. Cyber-security matters for almost any automotive domain, be it dynamics or powertrain or infotainment. Without security, there is no safety. Therefore, advanced risk assessment and mitigation is the order of the day. Risk-oriented security engineering for automotive systems helps in both designing for robust systems as well as effective mitigation upon attacks or exploits of vulnerabilities. We show in this presentation with concrete examples how risk-oriented cyber security can be successfully achieved in automotive systems.
2017-07-19
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Distributed Projects—Lessons from Industry
Successfully managing distributed teams and projects is the key competence for any engineering manager. Challenges vary, be it collaboration tools in distributed teams, handling cultural diversity and multisite projects, and managing suppliers. The vast majority of global activities do not deliver to targets, and half of them fail. This Vector tutorial provides techniques and tools for successfully handling distributed development and sourcing. Benefit from the hands-on guidance of Christof Ebert who already has cured and improved numerous distributed organizations and supplier interfaces worldwide.
2017-03-19
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.; M. Bobert; S. Riegraf: Effective reuse – from consistent requirements to variant management
Product lines are an extremely important lever to control complexity and to achieve quality throughout. New applications are usually faster to market, if they have already been developed for a different market. Development, integration and production cost, and thus the overall product cost decrease. Due to the reuse and the lower proportion to integrate components, companies such as Robert Bosch, Siemens and Volkswagen have achieved efficiency gains of 10-30 %. For instance, we were able to reduce the cost of rework over the entire product life cycle by 20-50% with reuse-oriented requirements engineering. Our presentation shows industry experience with Stihl and offers guidance in the implementation of product line concepts with a focus on requirements engineering. We show how requirements are formalized so that dependencies and reuse concepts can be implemented early and consistently. Thus, the requirements are precisely formulated and are used to ensure consistency and completion. They can still be understood and validated by stakeholders of diverse backgrounds. Concrete results from the reuse concepts, the underlying chnage management and PREEvision tool support at Stihl are presented. We highlight experiences in setting up a product line concept in an existing product scope.
2017-02-17
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Benchmarking, Measurement, Data Analytics.
Measurement, benchmarking and data analytics and are essential for both business and engineering. The current digital transformation increases the amount of data that becomes available. The value of a company is increasingly defined by its data. Value creation can only be exploited fully if these are used efficiently along the entire value chain. This tutorial will provide an overview on three topics: Measurement, Benchmarking, Data Analytics. All three topics are quantitative in nature and thus demand some understanding of underlying methods and techniques. Different perspectives demand appropriate depth. Insufficient measurement makes projects fail because business objectives will not be reached and effort will be wasted. Legal obligation such as product liability and many contractual requirements worldwide demand quantitative risk management and traceable measurements. Vector will provide guidance alomng software an dIT measurement and benchmarking.
2017-02-03
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Industry Trends 2017—Client Survey with Guidance from Vector Consulting
Which topics, technologies and trends matter in 2017? Where is engineering of innovative products and solutions heading? What should managers and practitioners know or prepare for? Companies and engineers must flexibly respond to changing market constraints and continuously adapt their skills. Vector Consulting Services has asked managers from different industries worldwide what they consider most critical for their company and for their own responsibility. Find out from our exclusive customer survey which trends we have identified and what we recommend...
2017-01-19
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Architectures for IoT and Industry 4.0
Die Ziele des Internets der Dinge (IoT) sind die IT-Vernetzung von Gegenständen und die Bereitstellung von Funktionalitäten bzw. Dienstleistungen, die es so noch nie gab. Eine große Schwierigkeit bildet allerdings der Mangel an Referenzarchitekturen und Standards für das neue „Industrial Internet“ und damit die Vernetzung im Internet der Dinge. Dieser Artikel von Vector und der Universität Stuttgart gibt einen Überblick über aktuelle Betrachtungsmodelle, Referenzarchitekturen und ihre Bedeutung für Industrieprojekte.
2017-01-19
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Agile Project Management and Distributed Teams—Experiences of Siemens and Vector 2017-01-15
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Measurement of Software Size: COSMIC Function Points for Estimation. Best Paper Award International Cost Estimation and Analysis Association (ICEAA) Conference 2016
Estimation matters. Many projects and smart business ideas fail for lack of delivering on time and budget. A common need in every field is thus to forecast and estimate. Estimation is an engineering discipline based on experience, data, transparent methods and common-sense. COSMIC, the Common Software Measurement International Consortium was created by an international group to develop a standard, ‘open’ measurement system and project estimation methods applicable to all types of software used in business and the real-time world. Estimation and measurement methods are rarely used properly in industry and the public sector, contributing to the high level of project failures and over-runs To improve both your project performance and productivity, we recommend starting right away with introducing or improving the estimation process with a closed loop of estimation, planning, measuring, and periodically improving your estimates. Read this award-winning paper and learn about best measurement and estimation practices.
2016-10-30
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Tutorial: Product Management Essentials
Successful product development means to deliver the right products or solutions at the right time for the right markets. It all depends on a good understanding of markets and needs and translating those to business models for software and IT. In this tutorial I will explain the essentials of product management and how to apply them to your own business.It provides a practical training on software product management based on “best practices” in companies. Covering the entire product life-cycle it offers a reference framework split into the five phases of inception, development, market launch, deployment and service. For each of these phases the tutorial offers a well-balanced program of overview, short case studies and mutual learning in interactive sessions and discussions. It provides insight into best practices around strategy building, translating strategy into a project vision, portfolio management, requirements elicitation, creating and managing the project business case, prioritizing requirements, customer and market interaction, uncertainty management, project execution, quality assurance, release management, service delivery and support. Sustainable success comes from a lasting user experience, and this is defined upstream during product management. Join the tutorial and benefit from product management essentials and experiences in companies and industries from around the world.
2016-09-28
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).C.Ebert, M.Brasse (Hella) and E.Metzker: Integrated and Consistent Development of Safety and Cyber Security
Functional safety and cyber security must be systematically developed and implemented in parallel. Currently this is often done in piecemeal, as industry standards and methods for safety and security are quite isolated from each other. This previously established separation of the two "disciplines" each with its own standards and procedures is not sustainable because of dependencies and mutual influences are overlooked. In addition, a separate procedure is inefficient because many functions have to be touched several times. Essential is an integrated approach for the development and verification of requirements in order to make these two quality requirements manageable. We show in this presentation the systematic and continuous development and implementation of safety and security requirements. Hella corporation illustrates the method and advantages of such combined safety and security approach using the example of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System). The article thus gives a good overview of the methodology and the art of integrated engineering for Safety and Cyber Security. At the same show our industry experience, as the methodology is implemented effectively. Many lessons learned from practical help to transfer in their own environment of the participants.
2016-09-28
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Webinar: Functional Safety with ISO 26262 - Principles and Practice (PDF)
Functional safety is gaining importance across different industries. The standard ISO 26262 has fast become an industry reference, way beyond automotive. Together with product liability it enforces a professional implementation of functional safety. This presentation at the Vector Congress provides an introduction to the principles and introduces the basic techniques for specification, analysis, verification and validation of functional safety. We will show with hands-on experiences from Vector Consulting Services how the standard is applied, and how processes and tools can support it. In particular we provide useful hints about the introduction of safety engineering in a company. Finally we provide an outlook on ciurrent trends such as security and functional safety, and the edition 2 of ISO 26262 to appear in 2016 as community draft.
2016-06-21
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Webinar: Cyber Security for Automotive (PDF)
Cyber security is of a growing concern across industries. It is today not anymore nice to have, be-cause systems are interconnected, and in one way or the other open for external penetration. Even worse security directly impacts functionality, user experience and safety, and thus has become subject to product liability. For instance, functional safety is not feasible without a concise approach to cover cyber security. OEMs and suppliers have to realize an effective protection against manipulations of automotive E/E systems. Key points in the development of protected E/E systems are the proper identification of security requirements, the systematic realization of security functions, and a security validation to demonstrate that security requirements have been met. Based on our experiences inside Vector and with client projects around the world, we will show typical challenges and highlight suitable security guidance. We will show with concrete examples how these practices improve developing secure systems and how these activities can be performed efficiently.
2016-06-17
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Webinar: Product Management - Principles and Practice (PDF)
The success of any product depends on the skills and competence of the product manager. This webinar with Dr. Christof Ebert introduces to product management for IT and software. It provides concrete guidelines about key success factors as well as a case study. The webinar highlights the presenters broad experiences introducing and improving product management in different IT and software domains around the world. To allow better transfer of achieved results to your own settings, the webinar provides concrete guidelines about key success factors. An empirical study from implementing the product management competence in a Fortune 100 organization is presented. The webinar is hands-on and allows participants to raise their own respective needs and challenges. Presenter Dr. Christof Ebert, managing director at Vector Consulting Services will share his broad experiences in introducing and improving product management in companies around the world.
2016-06-11
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).DevOps Technologies and Tools – Overview in IEEE Software
DevOps is about fast, flexible development and provisioning business processes. It effciently integrates development, delivery, and operations, thus facilitating a lean, fluid connection of these traditionally separated silos. This installment of IEEE Software Technology provides a brief overview of most recent DevOps technologies such as delivery tools and microservices and discuss what they mean for industry projects.
2016-05-13
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Requirements Engineering Tools - Survey and Evaluation
„A fool with a tool remains a fool.“ Das wissen wir alle und trotzdem führen viele Unternehmen ein Requirements-Werkzeug ein in der Annahme, dass sich allein damit eine Verbesserung ergibt. Weit gefehlt! In der Regel sind die Mitarbeiter aufgrund der Komplexität des neuen Werkzeugs, aber auch des wahrgenommenem Formalismus frustriert. Klar ist, dass wirksames und effizientes Requirements Engineering (RE) ein passendes Werkzeug braucht. Automativierbare manuelle Tätigkeiten sind ineffizient und werden abgelehnt – egal wie gut die Intentionen dahinter waren. Doch vor dem Werkzeug steht eine umfassende Vorbereitung der Abläufe und Funktionen, damit das Werkzeug in die Umgebung passt. In diesem Beitrag zeige ich Ihnen, wie Sie das für Ihre Umgebung passende Werkzeug auswählen. Wesentliche Werkzeuge werden charakterisiert und bewertet. Sie erkennen, dass Prozesse und Werkzeuge systematisch eingeführt werden müssen. Das erfordert professionelles Veränderungsmanagement. Der Beitrag gibt zudem eine praxisnahe Übersicht zu aktuellen RE-Werkzeugen. Konkrete Praxistipps zur Tool-Auswahl und -Einführung runden ihn ab.
2016-05-13
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Lean Requirements Engineering - Methodology and Siemens Case Study
The benefits of lean requirements engineering can be related to several factors. Some such as better delivery accuracy or less rework create directly tangible benefits. Others, such as customer satisfaction, are more opportunistic and become tangible in the form of lasting good customer relationships with further projects. Overall, our experience has shown that a doubling of the effort for Requirements Engineering towards10 per cent of project budget in the areas of methodology, processes, training and tool support will deliver project benefits of more than 20 percent. That's a return on investment of more than 4, even by only considering the directly measurable benefits. Enough reason that you evolve your own requirements engineering towards 'Lean'.
2016-05-13
Manual Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Requirements Engineering and Product Management Templates, v5.0
2016-03-16
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert,C.; Brasse,M. (Hella); Metzker,E.: Requirements Engineering for Safety and Cyber Security
Requirements Engineering in safety-critical systems must systematically develop and evaluate requirements for functional safety and cyber security in parallel. Currently this is done in a piecemeal, because the industry standards for safety and security are still placed highly isolated from each other. This previously established separation of the two "disciplines" each with its own standards and procedures is not sustainable because of dependencies and mutual influences are overlooked. In addition, a separate procedure is inefficient because many functions have to be touched several times. An integrated approach for the development and verification of requirements is essential in order to make these two quality requirements manageable. Our presentation shows with practical industry experience of Vector and Hella how the dependencies and interactions between safety and security requirements in Requirements Engineering methodically and systematically be considered. First, we describe a practical approach to the safety requirements. On this basis we integrate development for security requirements. The advantages of an integrated safety and security requirements engineering methodology are illustrated tool based on a specific example.
2016-03-02
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Benchmarking – Experiences and Guidelines for Improvement
Benchmarking has evolved towards a key instrument in determining the current situation of a company compared to others players in the market and beyond. Organizations need a quick yet precise insight into most relevant weaknesses and concrete levers how to improve with sustainable results. This article provides an overview on practical benchmarking in industry context. It provides concrete recommendations from our broad industry practice with the Vector Benchmarking Suite.
2016-02-24
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Looking into the Future
No matter what business you’re in, you’re also in the software business. But where are we heading? This 50th installment of „Software Technology“ in IEEE Software tries to look into the future. To mitigate bias, we have digested opinions of software business leaders around the world. They pointed to five success factors that will advance the software business. We will also discuss whether software will evolve humankind to Humanity 2.0 or a posthuman society—and what your role is. Read more and let us know your opinion and own stimulus…
2016-01-06
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Improving Engineering Efficiency with PLM/ALM
Rising cost pressure is forcing manufacturers and their suppliers to jointly and consistently master product development. Our industry case study shows how a leading automotive OEM over time has achieved effective interaction of engineering processes, tools and people on the basis of product and application life-cycle management (PLM / ALM). Starting from establishing the relevant engineering processes, we show how they can be effectively automated for best possible usage across the enterprise and even for suppliers. We practically describe how such a profound change process is successfully managed together with impacted engineers and how the concepts can be transferred to other companies. Concrete results for efficiency improvement, shorter lead time and better quality in product development combined with better global engineering underline the business value. Read this white paper with our global project experiences with BMW, Bosch, Siemens, Thales and Volkswagen.
2016-01-05
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Advances in Global Software Engineering
Most innovative products are developed in distributed settings. The targets are clear: More flexibility, innovation and efficiency. Global engineering and product development has become a key competence for any engineering organisation. However, the vast majority of global activities do not deliver to targets, and half of them are aborted due to reasons such as insufficient collaboration, high overheads, or insufficient worksplit and competences. This keynote of renowned industry expert Christof Ebert, managing director at Vector Consulting Services, summarizes concrete experiences and guidance from industry. He provides a framework of 3x3 best practices which are necessary to achieve flexibility, innovation and efficiency with distributed projects and products. Prof. Ebert offers many practical hints and concrete explanations to make distributed teams and projects a success.
2015-07-15
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Webinar: Functional Safety with ISO 26262 - Principles and Practice (mp4)
This mp4 webinar provides an introduction to the principles and introduces the basic techniques for specification, analysis, verification and validation of functional safety. Functional safety is gaining importance across different industries. Standards such as IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 together with product liability enforce a professional implementation of functional safety. We will show with hands-on experiences how the standard is applied, and how processes and tools can support it. In particular we provide useful hints about the introduction of safety engineering in a company.
2015-05-01
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Happel, A.; Ebert, C.: Security in Vehicle Networks of Connected Cars (PDF)
Secured interaction of functions in modern distributed networks is an essential part for reliable functionality for safety and comfort. But security is a growing challenge for all IT and embedded systems. With the example of connected control systems we highlight a security development. Based on our experiences in several client projects, we show which security engineering activities are required to create secure systems and how these activities can be performed efficiently in the automotive domain. Read our in-depth presentation from the recent Automotive Congress.
2015-04-28
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Success Factors for Security Engineering
Thorough security engineering is critical for the advance of automotive electronic systems. Functional safety today needs information security. Based on the specific challenges of automotive security, OEMs and suppliers have to realize an effective protection against manipulations of automotive E/E systems. Key points in the development of protected E/E systems are the proper identification of security requirements, the systematic realization of security functions, and a security validation to demonstrate that security requirements have been met. Based on our experiences in several client projects, we show which security engineering activities are required to create secure systems and how these activities can be performed efficiently in the automotive domain.
2015-04-24
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C. and H. Soubra: Effort Estimation with Full Function Points – Practical Experiences and Guidelines (PDF)
Metrics and performance indicators help us to maintain control. They support the evaluation of projects and processes and thus help to implement objective-driven improvements. Function Points are increasingly used for performance benchmarks, estimates and supplier evaluation. Based on our experiences from customer projects, we show how to use function points in engineering and IT projects, and specifically how to assess effort estimates. Learn how to better estimate and how to evaluate suppliers...
2015-04-22
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Requirements Engineering - Overview
Requirements engineering is the systematic approach to providing direction before and during software development. It provides the means to deliver the right products or solutions at the right time for the right markets. Requirements Engineering (RE) bridges the entire life cycle and thus determines success or failure of a product or solution. This mini tutorial of Dr. Christof Ebert of Vector Consulting Services shows how to best use RE and master its challenges. It practically describes how to develop and write good requirements and how to manage them during the project. The presentation underlines the basic concepts and practices of RE with broad industrial experiences.
2015-03-24
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Test-Driven Requirements Engineering (PDF)
Requirements engineering and testing belong together. The parallel development of requirements and test cases improves requirements, closes gaps and misunderstandings, and drastically reduces project coordination overheads. In our current White Paper we present industry experiences from IT to safety-critical embedded software, how to effectively implement test-oriented requirements engineering. Proceed to our White Paper "Test-Driven Requirements Engineering"...
2015-03-19
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.; Hoefner, G.; Mani, V.S.: What next? Advances in Software-Driven Industries. IEEE Software, Jan. 2015.
Which topics, trends and technologies are relevant in the near future? Where is development of innovative products and solutions heading? Companies and engineers need to flexibly respond to markets and changes and adapt their competences. Many new technologies are out there – but where to focus? Further progress in software technologies coupled with the growing capability to reliably develop complex systems impacts every engineer. Vector Consulting Services managing director Christof Ebert together with Siemens experts Gerd Hoefner and V.S. Mani outline major software trends and offer recommendations for the practitioner.
2015-02-25
Press Release Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Industry Trends 2015
Which topics, technologies and trends matter in 2015? Where is development of innovative products and solutions heading for? Vector Consulting Services has spoken with clients in technology companies and identified three major trends. The evolution from the preceding survey in 2014 is specifically interesting. Our study is freely available as of now.
2015-02-17
Demo Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).COMPASS 1.5
Software tool for assessments and audits. The demo includes the CMMI for Development v1.3 as well as the Automotive SPICE model (PAM 2.5, HIS-Scope). The following restriction is implied in the demo: Runtime limitation for a period of 45 days, starting from the first time the program is run.

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2015-01-07
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Rudorfer, A. (Siemens) and C. Ebert (Vector): Lean Requirements Engineering - Practical Experiences and Results
Requirements Engineering is key success factor for developing critical systems. Traditional development processes, that achieve innovation and quality through a cumbersome process, are no longer appropriate. Innovation in increasingly complex systems under cost pressures and global competition requires continuous focus on value and cost. It starts with the requirements that are not "collected", but must be developed together with relevant stakeholders. Requirements engineering must therefore be enriched today with methods from Lean Management. Lean Requirements Engineering begins with a systematic elaboration of the actual needs and value. For example, misunderstood quality requirements create problems in usability and performance. Without a tight coupling and collaboration of product management and development the resuilting products do not match the market needs. Requirement changes are detected too late and lead to unnecessary rework and non-conformance cost. Since many processes due to the high combinatorial complexity and a rather low standardization and its ad-hoc nature are difficult to model, Requirements Engineering must massively support the Sales Function. We present experiences and benefits of Lean Requirements Engineering with projects at Siemens AG. We demonstrate with practical examples and industry experiences, how Lean Requirements engineering is implemented. Thus, the cost of rework can be reduced by approximately 30%. The experiences provided in this presentation can be transferred to other projects and environments.
2014-11-06
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Automotive trends - from e-mobility and car2x to safety and security
Hardly any industry is growing as fast and is so innovative as automotive technology. Electronics are the most relevant innovation driver and growth factor in automotive. User experience and thus the market value of any vehicle are driven mainly by electronic functions. Intelligent assistance systems, electric power train and the networking of vehicle and environment show the bandwidth. Simultaneously, the high ecological and economic expectations of markets and customers are not feasible without electronics. Just think of emission regulations which are impossble to achieve with classic combustion. Challenges here are in coping with the fast growing complexity while meeting the strict standards for durability and efficiency of systems and components. This presentation summarizes the key trends in the automotive industry. We will provide hands-on examples of current highlights including e-Car, car2x and functional safety and information security.
2014-11-06
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Andersson, J. (Volvo); Busch, R. (Ford); Hörl, K. (Bosch); Ebert, C. (Vector); Metzker, E. (Vector): Efficient collaboration between OEMs and suppliers
Collaboration between OEM and suppliers. Rising cost pressure is forcing manufacturers and their suppliers to jointly master product development. Instead of throwing specifications "over the fence" continuous collaboration is expected. Our experiences in working with Bosch, Ford and Volvo practically show, how to connect requirements engineering and downstream systems development with respect to interfaces, data management and traceability. The described experiences provide a starting point for similar improvements in other companies. Read our contribution with experiences at Bosch, Ford and Volvo...
2014-11-06
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Finally installed – and then? The difference between successful and unsuccessful PLM introductions.
Finally installed, and then? With current cost pressure PLM and new tools are introduced to automate engineering workflows. However, the expected benefits are often not visible. Instead, employees are frustrated and continue working with their current work practices. The new interfaces create additional frictions and delays. Our consulting projects show that the root cause is often the same: There are many levers for tool support and improved efficiency, but implementation with sustainable results requires profound change management – which is rarely taken into account. To introduce PLM from concept to implementation has three key incredients. Learn from our experiences how to successfully introduce tools. Read our presentation on the practical implementation of PLM...
2014-11-06
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Monteiro, M. (Extessy), C. Ebert (Vector), M. Recknagel (Daimler): ReqIF for better exchange of requirements and specifications
Increasingly complex supplier-relationships dominate product development, independent of industries and products. Mostly the primary source of risks and later problems is insufficient coherence with requirements engineering methodology and collaboration between different business partners during the project. Our article at the IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering (RE09) based on experiences from various industries and projects provides insight into how to effectively collaborate in requirements engineering. Methods and tools are one side of the medal, but true collaboration also means having a platform to effectively and efficiently exchange requirements, specifications and their entire change management across impacted stakeholders. The Requirements Interchange Format (RIF) has quickly moved forward over the past two years first in automotive and currently starting in domains such as medical and aerospace. This presentation describes typical RE collaboration scenarios and what we recommend in order to mitigate risks and thus effectively manage complex supplier relationships. We will not “sell” any tool but rather indicate how RIF is applied in order to share, communicate and collaborate across different tools.
2014-11-06
Product Description Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).COMPASS
Data sheet about COMPASS, the Vector solution for planning, executing and evaluating assessments and audits.
2014-11-03
Product Description Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Functional Safety / ISO 26262
Short overview about the Vector solutions for Functional Safety / ISO 26262
2014-11-03
Product Description Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Project Work and Services for Embedded Projects
Individual support for the development of ECU software and in-vehicle networks
2014-09-04
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Lean and Agile Development—Practical Experiences
To survive in a fast changing environment, we need to continuously improve productivity, reduce rework, and optimize product strategies. Lean development and lean management offer the right ingredients: Eliminating waste, empowering teams, delivering as fast as possible, seeing the whole. But there is a dark side, as recent industry experiences show. Too lean is mean. Lean often fails due to lack of vision, organizational misalignment and insufficient execution. It is thus crucial for companies to successfully manage change towards lean development. Dr. Christof Ebert, managing director at Vector Consulting Services shares his broad experiences in introducing lean development.
2014-05-21
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Four Key Requirements Engineering Techniques
Requirements are the initial and basic building blocks combining processes in a product’s life-cycle. We take the position that only by taking an RE perspective in four key product life-cycle management activities, the underlying projects will be successful. The article describes a field study with data from 246 industry projects in the domains of software platforms, embedded systems and software applications. We found that these four life-cycle techniques must be used simultaneously to achieve tangible performance improvement measured by schedule adherence. Each technique is elaborated by concrete, practical experiences.
2014-05-21
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Lanubile, F. and C. Ebert: Group Awareness in Global Software Engineering. IEEE Software, Mrc. 2013
Technologies for globally distributed collaboration. Insufficient team collaboration often challenges global engineering projects. Group awareness can improve teams’ trust, relationships, and efficiency. In this article we survey some key technologies and tools that support group awareness and collaboration. The insights on technologies derive from our consulting activities in different industries around the world.
2013-05-07
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Carrillo de Gea, Juan M.; Ebert, C. et al: Requirements Engineering Tools. IEEE Software, Jul. 2011
Requirements engineering tools facilitate consistency and efficiency in managing requirements throughout the entire life-cycle. Finding out which tool is suitable for given needs isn’t easy. Our survey and evaluation aims to provide a brief overview on requirements engineering tools and their capabilities.
2013-05-07
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Accruing technical debt - practical decision-making and its business relevance
Growing technical debt is a major reason projects miss business commitments. For each change that is initiated, an uncertain amount of previously uncompleted work comes on top making the work difficult to estimate, plan and execute. Our presentation from prestigious IEEE Summit, presents best practices in real companies. It offers a reference framework covering all phases of the product life cycle, from inception and development to market launch, deployment, and service. Proceed to our tutorial on technical debt...
2013-04-14
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Webinar: Product Management - Principles and Practice (mp4)
The success of any product depends on the skills and competence of the product manager. This webinar with Dr. Christof Ebert introduces to product management for IT and software. It provides concrete guidelines about key success factors as well as a case study. The webinar highlights the presenters broad experiences introducing and improving product management in different IT and software domains around the world. To allow better transfer of achieved results to your own settings, the webinar provides concrete guidelines about key success factors. An empirical study from implementing the product management competence in a Fortune 100 organization is presented. The webinar is hands-on and allows participants to raise their own respective needs and challenges. Presenter Dr. Christof Ebert, managing director at Vector Consulting Services will share his broad experiences in introducing and improving product management in companies around the world.
2013-03-30
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: ISO 26262 - Practical Experiences from Implementing
Functional safety is gaining importance across different industries. The new standard ISO 26262 together with product liability enforce a professional implementation of functional safety. This presentation at the Vector Congress provides an introduction to the principles and introduces the basic techniques for specification, analysis, verification and validation of functional safety. We will show with hands-on experiences from Vector Consulting Services how the standard is applied, and how processes and tools can support it. In particular we provide useful hints about the introduction of safety engineering in a company.
2012-12-02
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Lean Development for Software
Lean Software Development. Lean development is a product development paradigm with an end-to-end focus on creating value for the customer, eliminating waste, optimizing value streams, empowering people, and continuously improving. In this overview article in IEEE Software magazine In that context, we address some key questions: What design principles deliver value, and how are they introduced to best manage change?
2012-11-28
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Successfully Managing Change. EE Times Europe, 21. May 2012
Companies and entire industries are changing very fast at this time. Hardly any year has changed our lives with technological breakthroughs as strong as the last twelve months have done. In 2012 change will determine your daily business. So the need for change management is constantly growing. There is a simple rule: Only those who professionally control and communicate change processes will achieve sustainable results and succeed in the future. Read this brief overview from successful companies and learn three success factors how to best implement change in product development.
2012-05-21
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Prikladnicki, R., S.Marczak, E.Carmel, C.Ebert: Technologies to Support Collaboration Across Time Zones. IEEE Software, Mrc. 2012
Time zone differences are a challenge to global software engineering. This article surveys the key technologies and tools that support collaboration across time zones. The insights on technologies derive from a meta-analysis of the 2010 and 2011 IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE), among others.
2012-05-01
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Global Software and IT
Engineering today is typically done by distributed teams. But how to make such teams successful? "Global Software and IT" is the new book of Vector with experiences and guidance for distributed software and IT projects. This insightful book delivers proven strategies and practices for software development and IT sourcing on a global scale. Most importantly, readers will learn how to engineer a first-rate product as efficiently as possible by fully leveraging global personnel and resources.
2012-01-02
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Buglione, L. and C. Ebert: Estimation tools and techniques
Estimating size or resources is one of the most important topics in development projects. Our presentation from Metrikon 2011 conference which is also published in IEEE Software provides an overview on estimation methods, techniques and evaluation of popular estimation tools.
2011-11-21
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Buglione, L. and Ebert, C.: Estimation Tools and Techniques
Estimating size or resources is one of the most important topics in product development and IT. You won’t deliver according to expectations if you don’t plan, and you can’t plan if you don’t know the underlying dependencies and estimates. This Vector white paper published in IEEE Software is an overview on estimation methods, techniques and tools. It covers estimation methods and provides an overview and evaluation of popular estimation tools.
2011-11-01
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Optimizing Supplier Management in Global Software Engineering
Global software engineering is the consequence of the rather friction-free economic principles of the entire software industry. Many such distributed projects however are not successful and do not deliver the expected savings. GSE bears many challenges, specifically if done with an external supplier. We will look in this article to lessons learned from GSE to effectively and successfully manage supplier relationships. Both experiences and practical guidance result from our work with clients in automotive and telecommunication industries. They can be readily implemented, specifically our checklists for effective supplier management.
2011-08-18
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Rodríguez, J.P.;Ebert, C.; Vizcaino, A.: Technologies and Tools for Distributed Teams
Software development today is typically a team effort with team members in different geographical places. Our article presents technologies and tools that support distributed teamwork. We provide an overview of such technologies with many tools examples, starting with technologies such as Jazz and then showing how users can orchestrate individual tools in a distributed context.
2011-05-29
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).García, F., Vizcaíno, A., and Ebert, C.: Process Management Tools
Developing software is complex, especially with many interacting people and teams. A variety of tools exist to model the development process and thus facilitate communication, automation, and collaboration. This article looks to support tools for process modeling and their underlying methodologies.
2011-05-29
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Collaboration Tools for Global Software Engineering
Software engineering involves people collaborating to develop better software. Collaboration is challenging, especially across time zones and without face-to-face meetings. We therefore use collaboration tools all along the product life cycle to let us work together, stay together, and achieve results together. This article provides an overview of tools and technologies for improved collaboration.
2011-01-22
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Quality Management
It is difficult to imagine our world without software. Since software is so ubiquitous, we need to stay in control. We have to make sure that the systems and their software run as we intend – or better. Only if software has the right quality, we will stay in control and not suddenly realize that things are going awfully wrong. Software quality management is the discipline that ensures that the software we are using and depending upon is of right quality. With solid understanding and discipline in software quality management, we can be sure that our products will deliver according to expectations, both in terms of customer and market commitments as well as business performance. This article provides a brief overview on concepts and application of software quality management. It is driven by practical experiences from many companies and is illustrated with best practices so that readers can transfer these concepts to their own environments.
2011-01-01
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C., et al: Introducing Automotive E/E Safety Engineering: Challenges and Solutions
Functions such as adaptive cruise control, crash protection systems, active body control and ESP are increasing in complexity and taking an ever more active role in controlling the car. These functions are realized by systems of sensors, actuators and interconnected electronic control units. The systems must be designed to function under a variety of operating conditions and must adhere to a number of mechanical, hardware and software constraints. In order to be able to manage the emerging product liability risks associated with such systems as well as ensuring the high level of quality required of automotive systems, significant improvements to engineering processes are necessary. In this article, we describe our experiences in adapting companies’ development processes to conform to safety standards and to cope with the challenges mentioned above. We detail key success factors in overcoming these challenges and provide practical examples from working with global OEMs and tier-one suppliers on implementing safety standards in E/E development.
2010-10-31
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Success with change - experiences and guidance
To survive in a fast changing environment, we need to continuously improve productivity, reduce rework, and optimize product strategies. Lean development and lean management offer the right ingredients: Eliminating waste, empowering teams, delivering as fast as possible, seeing the whole. But there is a dark side, as recent industry experiences show. Too lean is mean. Lean often fails due to lack of vision, organizational misalignment and insufficient execution. It is thus crucial for companies to successfully manage change towards lean development. This keynote will introduce to lean principles and practices. It will draw upon the vast experiences at Vector from client projects in a variety of industries. Topics include lean transition, change management when introducing new tools, improving engineering processes, and setting up a global software organization. The Vector change check is highlightes so that participants can address their specific challenges.
2010-07-23
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Rudorfer, A. (Siemens), Ebert, C. (Vector): Requirements Engineering in Healthcare
Read our presentation: "Requirements Engineering (RE) in Healthcare: Challenges, Solution Approaches and Best Practices" which we authored together with Siemens. It starts with an analysis of recent trends in medical systems, then proceeds to issues and challenges. Insufficient requirements enegineering is a major cause of errors in medical systems. We show with this presentation seven RE best practices to address the challenges and thus improve product engineering in medical systems.
2010-07-23
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Successful Change Management
To survive in a fast changing environment, we need to continuously improve productivity, reduce rework, and optimize product strategies. Lean development and lean management offer the right ingredients: Eliminating waste, empowering teams, delivering as fast as possible, seeing the whole. But there is a dark side, as recent industry experiences show. Too lean is mean. Lean often fails due to lack of vision, organizational misalignment and insufficient execution. It is thus crucial for companies to successfully manage change towards lean development. This keynote will introduce to lean principles and practices. It will draw upon the vast experiences at Vector from client projects in a variety of industries. Topics include lean transition, change management when introducing new tools, improving engineering processes, and setting up a global software organization. The Vector change check is highlightes so that participants can address their specific challenges.
2010-07-23
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Andersson, J. (Volvo), Ebert, C. (Vector), Metzker, E. (Vector): Improving Electronic Engineering Efficiency with Automated Processes
Rising cost pressure is forcing manufacturers and their suppliers to jointly and consistently master product development. Our case study shows how Volvo over time is achieving effective interaction of engineering processes, tools and people on the basis of product and application life-cycle management (PLM / ALM). Starting from establishing the relevant engineering processes, we show how they can be effectively automated for best possible usage across the enterprise and even for suppliers. We practically describe how such a profound change process is successfully managed together with impacted engineers and how the concepts can be transferred to other companies. Concrete results for efficiency improvement, shorter lead time and better quality in product development combined with better global engineering underline the business value – specifically in times where cost are to be cut and performance must substantially grow.
2010-05-19
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Software Project and Process Measurement
DE: Software-Messung stellt sicher, dass wir bei unserer Arbeit und in unseren Projekten die Kontrolle behalten und erfolgreiche Ergebnisse wiederholen können. gemessen werden Produkte (z.B., Leistung und Qualität), Prozesse (z.B. Verbesserung der Effizienz), Projekte (z.B. Lieferunggenauigkeit), und die beteiligten Personen (z.B. Entwicklung der Kompetenz). Dieser Artikel beschreibt, wie praktisch gemessen wird. Er bietet eine konkrete Anleitung und Beispiele für Projekt-und Prozess-Messung.

EN: Software measurement is the discipline that ensures that we stay in control and can replicate successful processes. It applies to products (e.g., ensuring performance and quality), processes (e.g., improving efficiency), projects (e.g., delivering committed results), and people (e.g., evolving competence). This article discusses software measurement and provides practical guidance for project and process measurement.
2010-05-01
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Monteiro, M. (Extessy), Ebert, C. (Vector), Recknagel, M. (Daimler): Improving the Exchange of Requirements and Specifications Between Business Partners
Improving the Exchange of Requirements and Specifications between Business Partners. Increasingly complex supplier-relationships dominate product development, independent of industries and products. Mostly the primary source of risks and later problems is insufficient coherence with requirements engineering methodology and collaboration between different business partners during the project. This article based on experiences from various industries and projects provides insight into how to effectively collaborate in requirements engineering. The Requirements Interchange Format has quickly moved forward over the past two years first in automotive and currently starting in domains such as medical and aerospace. This paper describes typical RE collaboration scenarios and what we recommend in order to mitigate risks and thus effectively manage complex supplier relationships.
2010-03-01
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C. und Th. Wunderlich: Emerging from the crisis - Improving engineering efficiency in tough times
Emerging from the Crisis: Improving Engineering Efficiency in Tough Times. Increasing cost pressure, shortening innovation cycles, global competition and grow-ing saturation in many markets demand efficiency improvement in product develop-ment. Successful organizations consider efficiency improvements an investment in their future – and in the current crisis of the world economy this need is even stronger. Many of our clients ask us whether the current situation with lots of cost cutting measures is the right time for process improvement. If done well and with good guidance on the necessary change management, process improvements will lead to quick wins and improved efficiency. Profound process improvement helps to trim RD&E specifically for the crisis. This article provides experiences and empirical evidence from such improvements in different context and companies.
2009-09-17
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Embedded Software – Technologies and Trends
Our world and society are shaped and governed by embedded systems. It’s difficult to imagine day-to-day life without such systems. IEEE Software and IEEE Computer present insight from Vector Consulting Services, Siemens and world-renown Capers Jones on trends and evolution in embedded software. Read this intro article to get the opinion of the leading experts in the field on how embedded software will evolve.
2009-09-16
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C. (Vector); Krishna Murthy, B. (AlcatelLucent); Jha, N.N. (AlcatelLucent): Managing Risks in Global Software Engineering
Globally distributed software development poses substantial risks to project and product management. This article systematically introduces risk management in global software en-gineering (GSE) for development projects and product evolution. Methods include using basic project, supplier and quality management techniques, process frameworks (e.g., CMMI), product life-cycle management, effective communication processes, SLA based escalation, competence management, and innovation management. A longitudinal empirical field study over several years from a captive SW center of a world-wide leading ICT company in India provides practical experiences and indicates how to effectively apply GSE risk management practices.
2009-05-27
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Software Product Management
The market success of software and system products depends on the skills and competence of the product manager. This article from famous "Crosstalk" magazine provides an overview on software product management. We highlight 4+1 concrete practices that will boost software product management in your company and thus the success rate of products in terms of predictability, quality and efficiency.
2009-03-30
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, R.; Wunderlich, T.: How Hardware Development Wins with SPICE
Driven by the success from software process improvement and growing market requirements, companies like automotive suppliers start looking at systematically improving their hardware and mechanics development processes. This paper provides hands-on examples of applications from several process improvement projects. The overall experience and the strong user feedback encourage us to further pursue SPICE for hardware development.
2009-02-27
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.; De Man, J.: Effectively Utilizing Project, Product and Process Knowledge
Improving project management, product development and engineering processes is for many companies crucial to survive in a fast changing environment. However, these activities are rarely integrated well due to the diversity of stakeholders with individual knowledge about projects, products and processes. This case study shows how Alcatel-Lucent over time achieved effective interaction of engineering processes, tools and people on the basis of a knowledge-centric product life-cycle management (PLM).
2008-03-28
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Ebert, C.: Measuring and Improving Software Productivity
Vector Consulting partner Christof Ebert had been interviewed by IT Metrics and Productivity Journal. This article covers the interview in a format easy to access major themes around software productivity. It elaborates how software productivity is measured and how to improve it. Starting with a goal-oriented measurement approach, it emphasizes the need to take a value-oriented perspective when improving productivity. It explains an objective-driven process improvement approach and how to get most business value from improvement activities.
2006-12-18
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).CMMI in Semiconductor Development
The share of semiconductors in the total value of an automobile has been growing in recent years. It is 10 % for the average medium-sized automobile today, and is expected to rise to 20 % in 2015. Associated with this trend are an intensified competitive environment and growing demands for new strategies and evelopment processes. Mastery of complexity, further improvements in development quality and reductions in development costs are called for. This paper by Robert Bosch GmbH and Vector Consulting GmbH shows how the CMMI model is applied to semiconductor development with a special focus on management involvement.
2006-08-25