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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.
2018-03-14
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).BMW: Future Automotive Architectures
Architectures for automotive electronics are quickly changing. Energy ef ciency is evolving the classic powertrain toward highvoltage hybrid and electric engines. Autonomous driving demands multisensor fusion away from functionally isolated control units. Connectivity and infotainment have transformed the car into a distributed IT system with cloud access; over-the-air functional upgrades; and high-bandwidth access to map services, media content, other vehicles, and the surrounding infrastructure. BMW outlines the evolution of automotive electronics and IT.
2018-01-29
Technical Article Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Scaling Agile: An Overview of Agile Frameworks for Industry Projects
Agile software development has become mainstream. Industry-scale agility for distributed teams, large projects, or critical systems requires scaling agile practices, which agile scaling frameworks attempt to provide. In this article for IEEE Software journal we explore frameworks such as the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and show best practices from two industry case studies.
2018-01-29
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).ZF and Vector: Agile Development of Braking Systems
Increasing functionality, multicore and black box integration of OEM software or park brake control supplied by third parties increased complexity of braking system development dramatically. Agile methods were introduced to handle increased complexity. With this first application of agile methods at ZF TRW we could prove feasibility and strong benefits of agile methods in safety critical system development (ASIL D), very large projects (> 150 engineers), and projects with very strong dependencies between HW (“ECU or HCU”) and SW. Improvements were observed in much faster flow of information, better alignment of decisions, and significant improvement in velocity and product quality. Read this article with experiences of ZF and Vector on a large safety-critical transformation project.
2018-01-29
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 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).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
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
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.: 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
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).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).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