Elektrobit Offers a New Methodology for Developing Embedded Automotive Software

August 26, 2014  by  

EBElektrobit plans to preview a new automotive software development methodology on Thursday, September 4, during the 2014 Continuous Engineering Virtual Symposium.

The online event is hosted by IBM and facilitated by SAE International. For more information or to register, visit http://www.sae.org/events/cevirt/.

Elektrobit’s methodology combines elements of Agile, Scrum, and Lean. “We’ve seen a huge rise in the complexity of automotive electronics software. The complexity can lead to projects being late, or over budget, or deficient in quality,” says Christian Mies, managing assistant, infotainment solutions.

“We started looking for answers, and looked to Agile and Scrum, but Scrum doesn’t really work in our environment for various reasons, and some in the automotive industry were concerned, with Agile and Scrum, about the possibility of losing control,” Mies explains, “so we combined portions of those methodologies with Lean software development, which originated in manufacturing, and is highly regarded. Lean has some principles that go very well with those in Agile and Scrum. What we created is a Lean Development model – a new way of working that combines Agile elements with Lean principles.”

EB is using the Lean Development model in the work it does for its customers and it is exploring the possibility of providing the methodology to OEMs and tier one suppliers.

The Elektrobit session, “Embedded Software Development: Lean Development for Complex Automotive Projects,” is scheduled for 9am.
Elektrobit will also deliver presentations at 11am (“AUTOSAR Open Tool Chain: Safety ECU Software Projects for OEMs and Suppliers”) and 1:30pm (“State-of-the-Art Speech Dialog Development for Automotive Use Cases).

Danlaw, River North Solutions and Intertek will also make presentations, and the Virtual Symposium will also include panel sessions at 9:30am, 12noon, and 2:30pm. Panel session participants represent Continental North America, Jaguar Land Rover, General Motors, GE Aviation, Boeing, The University of Maryland, Koneksys, and IBM Rational.

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