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Modern Requirements Management for Embedded Systems Engineering: The Data Don’t Lie, Pt. I

Analyst Data Tells the Story of Embedded RM Challenges

Modern Requirements Management: The Data Don't Lie

  • “Traditional requirements solutions have focused on management functionality and have limited adoption for highly complex systems.”
  • “The delivery of effective software solutions begins with the effective capture of the business objectives, desired business outcomes and software requirements. Too often, requirements appear to be the leading source of delivered defects in software.”
  • “Good requirements come from good elicitation practices and visual techniques such as UI prototypes may require different types of individuals to be effective. Thus, new tools must be supplemented with training and the constant development of new skills to meet the new challenges of a mobile-first cloud services landscape while providing improved interaction, traceability and change management to aid in the production of accurate requirements.”

Gartner, “Market Guide for Software Requirements Definition and Management Solutions”

Gartner raises valid concerns for any company trying to address the challenges of building embedded products. Today, distributed teams work in different geographic areas, with different tasks, timelines and priorities, and yet every decision and action must have a direct connection to the business plan. Meanwhile, the engineers on these teams must coordinate numerous components and team efforts into one cohesive product.

Once the build begins, maintaining alignment between business and engineering becomes an ongoing challenge. But when you’re building mobility guidance and safety systems for automotive, avionics and military products; life-critical systems for medical imaging and monitoring technologies; or engineering for semiconductor devices, the primary concern is that requirements definition, engineering and management be concise and precise.

As new technologies increase the opportunities for new products, embedded systems requirements management will only grow more complex. And losing control of your requirements and the quality assurances that keep them in check is a risk that aerospace and defense, automotive, medical device and semiconductor engineering companies can’t afford.

We consulted with several leading technology analysts to break down the critical numbers that concern embedded systems development (and embedded systems developers) the most, and have packaged each data point in a tidy infographic.

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