Robust embedded software designs are facilitated by a good software
architecture. Good architecture and good software requirements come
from a thorough system-level
understanding of what your product must do.
However, that doesn't mean design (and development and test)
can't start until
those higher level documents are done. What is important is that
high-risk items are identified early on (high technical/project
risk or high
safety risk) and the rest of the design is built to be flexible
around these components. Having a process that calls out a framework
like this is extremely helpful in getting consistently robust designs built
across your organization.
Any seasoned engineer will tell you that
a good process alone will not get your project done. The execution of your
processes on a project is just as critical as the processes themselves.
project management body of knowledge suggests some very useful tools
to help with this - they even included some agile methods in
their latest PMBOK Guide. But getting the most out of these, or any other
project management tool is not
always easy. Some industries must follow regulations concerning the
development of a product. Usually this means using a top-down or V-Model
development strategy, but there is some room
for iterative methods in most cases.
Whatever approach your organization takes, it's important to remember that
the whole point of project
management is to predict as many issues as you can, and then structure and
execute your work so that the project succeeds despite those issues. Along
the way you should use your resources efficiently, and keep your
project stakeholders up-to-date on risks and get their buy-in on any changes
to the project plan.
Whether it's educating your team, developing processes,
or reviewing work that has already been done, Big 3 Innovations
can help your team develop more robust designs.
Embedded Software Consulting Services
Software development processes
Software project management
Software requirements, architecture, and design reviews
Testing strategy and test automation
Control Systems Consulting Services
Modeling and simulation reviews
Control strategy reviews and tuning procedures
XiL testing strategy and automation
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