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Systems Engineering: Ford and Vector experiences at ModernRE (Berlin, 20.-21. Sep. 2017)

Requirements and Systems Engineering of Complex Systems

Christof Ebert, Managing Director, Vector Consulting Services
Frank Kirschke-Biller, Head of Electrical Integration, Ford

ModernRE 2017, Berlin

Visit us at the Vector exhibition booth on 20.-21. September

Reduced admission for Vector clients.
Use the Code MRE17_JK_10% in the field „Promocode“ when completing your admission. You can use it several times also for colleagues.

Presentation with Ford: 20. Sep. 2017, 10:00 am

Requirements and Systems Engineering of Complex Systems
Methodical and end-to-end system engineering is relevant to all sectors. Requirements Engineering in its link with Systems Engineering is the decisive success factor for the efficient development of critical hardware and software systems.

Agile Systems Engineering supports the continuous 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 increases the development speed, but also ensures clearly understood domain concepts within the project.

The practical contribution shows industry experience at Ford and Vector and thus provides orientation in the interlinking of requirements engineering and system engineering. As a result of the requirements, we show how Systems Engineering is implemented. Our industrial projects show that the cost of reworking over the product lifecycle can be reduced by up to 30% by improving requirements engineering and coordinated system engineering. The lecture will focus on the practical aspects of system engineering. Due to the digitization and thus dependencies of business processes, Systems Engineering is increasingly relevant in IT.

Target audience:
Requirements engineers, safety and security experts, architects, developers, project managers

Benefits for audience:

  • Overview of methodology and state of the art for systems engineering
  • Industry experiences from various sectors allow the transfer to their own environment
  • Specific application examples and tips show case tricks - and how the methodology is effectively implemented.

1) Motivation, introduction to the topic and challenges
2) Analyze, model and separate requirements
3) Systems engineering in practice
4) Practical example and interaction
5) Experience, benefits and best practices
6) Interaction with participants and implementation in their own practice

Christof Ebert is managing director at Vector. He helps companies worldwide to improve their product development and product strategy, and change management. Previously, he worked for ten years in international management positions, most recently with worldwide responsibility for software platforms. Prof. Dr. Ebert sits on various supervisory boards, teaches at the Universities of Stuttgart and Paris Sorbonne and is author of the German standard book "Systematic Requirements Engineering".

Frank Kirschke-Biller is responsible for processes and integration at Ford. Previously he was responsible for machining mechanics in the field of sensors and mechatronic systems at imecs. Since 2000, he has been with Ford, where he is responsible for Electrical Engineering, Networks, Diagnostics and Software Development as Head of Electrical Integration.

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