IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMMES – INTEGRATED RATHER THAN OFF THE SHELF

Unfinished projects, bottlenecks, missed deadlines – why do these things happen so regularly in product and electronics development? When things stop running smoothly, we investigate the root causes. We optimise your development processes and structures – with a consistent focus on value creation, drawing on agile principles fully in keeping with key requirements such as functional safety, automotive cybersecurity and Automotive SPICE®.

INTEGRATED IMPROVEMENT MEANS THAT WE…

  • Start with the requirements that dictate your area of business to develop concepts that will empower you to fulfil these requirements
  • Identify, assess and improve workflows, organisational structures, roles, methods and the resulting company culture – all within context
  • Think in terms of business units and departments, involving all stakeholders
  • Support staff and provide detailed training
  • Assess and take into account different guidelines (even conflicting ones) relating to innovation capabilities, goal orientation, commercial viability, adaptability, durability and maintainability – all within the context of your requirements. To do this, we apply process and reference models such as Automotive SPICE®, CMMI® and agile methods – always taking the framework conditions such as cybersecurity and functional safety into account.
WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU

Need support with a key project? We’re your first port of call when it comes to management consulting and improvement programmes in electronics development.

Steffen Herrmann and the sales team

PROCEDURAL MODELS, STANDARDS AND METHODS

AUTOMOTIVE AGILE

Agility refers to the ability of a company to adapt to changing parameters in such a way that it is always ready to react if there is a change in customer requirements. We help you become agile, step by step.

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AUTOMOTIVE SPICE®

Automotive SPICE® has become the de facto industry standard for developing automotive electronics. By using this reference model you can systematically improve your processes and assess the status of your projects. To develop mechatronic systems on an integrated basis, there are also extensions for mechanics (SPICE FOR MEE) and hardware (SPICE FOR HWE).

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FUNCTIONAL SAFETY ADHERING TO ISO 26262

Applying the principles of functional safety allows you to avoid malfunctions occurring in electronic systems that might have a bearing on vehicle safety and present a hazard to people. ISO 26262:2018 is the recognised method for doing this.

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AUTOMOTIVE SECURITY

To shield connected vehicles from external attacks and protect vehicle infrastructures, you need to install end-to-end safeguards that address all factors with a bearing on vehicle cybersecurity: the product itself, processes and IT systems.

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CMMI®

CMMI® is an established reference model, offering you a structured approach that is not just useful when enhancing and controlling how you develop or procure software, but also when improving and managing hardware, mechatronic systems and services.

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IMPROVING SOFTWARE QUALITY

To improve software quality, we support Volkswagen with process improvements in its supplier network.

Numerous process specialists at Kugler Maag Cie are now official Volkswagen-certified Software Quality Leaders (SQIL). This allows them to support VW suppliers as independent advisors on process optimisations.

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ASSESSMENTS, AUDITS AND GAP ANALYSIS

To lay a foundation for your decision-making, we assess how well positioned you are with respect to a variety of key questions. To do this, we offer you a number of formal assessments, audits and appraisals for Automotive SPICE®, functional safety and CMMI®. We can also conduct quick checks, gap analysis and stocktaking exercises focusing on the requirements of automotive and business capabilities such as agility. We will show you how your unit, department or company compares to the competition. This allows you to understand the changes you will need to make to adhere to new or changing requirements.

TRAINING AND COACHING SERVICES

Competent and motivated people are the key to successful implementation. We offer fast-track training and coaching services to allow your people to acquire specialist knowledge and the skills they will require to implement improvements as part of front-line projects. Our coaching services provide valuable support during times of transformation, ensuring that changes gain acceptance and are lived out and believed in during projects. 

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WE CAN SUPPORT YOU WITH…
  • Integrated improvement programmes in every area of the development function in your business, from a team level to the entire business unit – linking throughout to the supply chain
  • Individual concepts for your organisational structures and workflows, ensuring everything is a good fit with the requirements of and within your company
  • Methods based on different models, not only building on personal experience including best practices, but also meeting industry standards
  • Assessments, audits and evaluations aimed at understanding the current status within your development functions
  • Training and coaching sessions to allow your employees to apply the required know-how to deal with actual situations encountered in business