Development Processes: Hindrance or Help?
We think that the right dose of processes releases time for a creative solution of the technical tasks you pose us. This because sensible processes and tools are simplifying repetitive jobs, but first of all because they map existing experience and make it easily accessible.
Our processes are always about the usage of templates or tools: it must be easier to follow the process than to reinvent the wheel. If you have to write e.g. a specification, it is easier to work with a template containing already the structure and part of the content than with a white piece of paper. In addition the chances are lower that important aspects get lost.
In order to allow us to execute projects from consulting over rapid prototypes as far as safety related systems, all processes can be tailored to the project at hand. This goes from completely "switching off" a process to multiple reviews and audits of its results.
Our project life cycle is derived from the V-model. It can be adapted through a loose or strict sequence of the input and output gates of the phases, in addition the number of iterations (functional prototype, first prototype, second prototype... or agile software releases) can be adjusted. This means that we can tune quality and effort optimally for your project.
We make a point of keeping our processes workable and efficient. This is e.g. why they are stored in a Wiki which allows easy access and simple changes. In our research and development they are continuously improved. This results in productive and low-risk projects for you, e.g. our effort estimations are on average more accurate than 20%.
We have a quality management system which covers the activities of the complete company, i.e. development of products/ systems, of soft- and hardware plus in addition the tasks of the organization and administration.
What is Covered by Our Quality Management System?
As reference model we use the Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development (CMMI-DEV) V1.3 for maturity level 3 ("At maturity level 3, processes are well characterized and understood, and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods."). The maturity level has been assessed by Wibas with a SCAMPI C in 2016.
As quality management standard we work according to ISO 9001 and for medical devices according to ISO 13485. Their status incl. certificates can be found on ISO 9001 & ISO 13485.
In addition our processes can be tailored according to the following standards for functional safety for the different industries:
- Automotive: ISO 26262
- Aviation: ARP-4754, ARP-4761, DO-178, DO-254
- Industry: IEC 61805
- Machinery: ISO 13849
- Medical: IEC 62304
- Railway: EN 50126, EN 50128, EN 50129
- and other standards like: UL 1998, IEC 60730...