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Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Bosch and Vector: Ensuring Consistency of Critical Systems in Agile Development
Critical systems must be delivered quickly, yet with the highest quality. Scaleable agile development thus is the call of the day. Yet, cybersecurity and functional security require demonstrable quality with every iteration and delivery. Therefore, agile increments or even continuous delivery processes such as DevOps and Over-The-Air require lightweight effective release processes. The practical contribution shows industry experiences at Bosch and Vector and offers cross-industry impulses in the continuous assurance of consistency and quality.
2018-10-03
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.
2018-04-25
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
Presentation Open/close the description. The description also contains the download link (except for add-ons, application notes, and demos).Agile Requirements Engineering
Vector provides foundations and a case study on agile requirements engineering. Based on our worldwide agile transformation projects we provide practical tips for scaleable agile requirements processes. A set of best practice guidance is provided, starting with a value-oriented elaboration of the actual need. Then we look at techniques like Design Thinking, Kanban, role of product owner, etc. This tutorial is the short version of our full-day training. Please contact us for more information on our trainings or agile coaching.
2018-03-09
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
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.: 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 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).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
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
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
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
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).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
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
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