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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

ISO 26262 Planning Requirements are Not Enough

Every project has a plan that includes schedule and resource estimates. For functional safety related projects, the ISO 26262 standard for road vehicle product development requires a Safety Plan. This plan is required to describe the schedule, resources (competencies), and the safety work product de...
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#Functional Safety #Automotive SPICE

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Agile Planning for Continuous Integration and Deployment Projects

Your company has jumped into Agile software development (Scrum is used in this example), standups are happening, and the IT team stood up a Jenkins server last week. Soon the builds will be kicked off at each check-in and some automated tests will be run. Does that mean you are doing Continuous Inte...
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#Automotive Agile

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Law of Expanding Returns

Certainly we have all heard of The Law of Diminishing Returns; the marginal utility decreases over time approaching a asymptote and/or becoming negative (see right). However, this law does not apply to all situations and all times, including when sorely needed improvements have been postponed due to...
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#Management Consulting #Team Integration #Automotive Agile

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Verification vs Confirmation

The terms verification and confirmation are often confused. ISO 26262 refers to verification and confirmation as two types of work product verification activities with different purposes. So confirmation is verification but not the other way around. Throw in the term validation and the confusion gro...
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#Functional Safety

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Agility and Organization are not in Contradiction

Agile company? Is an agile company not a contradiction in itself? Overhead makes every organization inertial, does it not? Everybody has painful memories of how slow and rigid some organizations can be.
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#Automotive Agile

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Defining a Software Unit

When striving for compliance with the automotive standards ISO 26262 and Automotive SPICE, a smart approach to better software component quality is to set a common definition of a software unit. Unfortunately, neither standard provides much guidance. Companies striving to comply with these standards...
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#Functional Safety #Automotive SPICE