Method Park at a Glance
- Method Park has been a specialist for software & system development in the safety and security-critical environment of medical devices and automotive technology since being founded in 2001.
- Method Park provides consultation services in the optimization of development processes and the fulfillment of industry-specific standards and legal regulations.
- Method Park supports its clients in specific development projects and offers seminars on current issues of software engineering.
- With "Stages", Method Park has developed a process management tool that facilitates definition, implementation and monitoring of development and business processes.
- Method Park has approximately 170 employees at locations in Erlangen, Frankfurt/Main, Hannover, Munich and Stuttgart, as well as in Detroit, Miami and Pittsburgh in the USA.
- Method Park (Group) posted operating revenue of 14,7 million euros in 2016.
History & Background
- Prof. Hindel receives the German Award for Software Quality
- Stages V7 is released
- Method Park wins German Design Award 2017
- IT analyst Gartner Corporation recommends Method Park
- KPMG becomes reseller for Stages in India
- Method Park is certified according to ISO 13485
- Method Park receives its second IBM Partner Award
- Method Park signs cooperation contract with CloudOne
- Method Park receives Rational Business Partner Award for Systems Engineering
- Method Park sells first Stages licenses in China
- Hirain becomes Stages reseller in China
- Dr. Wolfgang Runge becomes member of the supervisory board
- Foundation of Method Park Engineering GmbH
- ZF Friedrichshafen AG buys Stages company license
- Dr. Holger Höhn becomes Managing Director of Method Park Consulting GmbH
- Method Park celebrates its 10th anniversary
- Closed sales after 10 years: over 22,000 Stages licenses
- 5,000 course days and 750,000 engineering hours
- Method Park sells first Stages licenses in the US
- Dr. Klaudia Dussa-Zieger becomes management member of DIN for Software and Systems Engineering and represents Germany at ISO. She becomes editor for SPICE.
- project>kit is re-named into Stages (release Stages 5.0)
- Method Park achieves annual revenues of over 10 million euros for the first time
- Dr. Martin Geier becomes member of the executive board
- Method Park opens a location in Detroit
- Dr. Erich Meier becomes management member
- Method Park hold first global intacs Competent Assessor course
- 100 employees
- Method Park holds first intacs Provisional Assessor course in the US
- Prof. Hindel becomes management member of DIN for Software and Systems Engineering and represents Germany at ISO
- German translation of SPICE (ISO 15504)
- Method Park founds Method Park Berlin GmbH
- Prof. Hindel becomes Program Chair of the World Congress for Software Quality in Munich
- Foundation of Method Park America Inc.
- Method Park holds first training – Certified Tester Foundation Level – in the US
- Together with Alec Dorling, Prof. Hindel founds the first version of intacs
- Foundation of Method Park Management GmbH (re-named to Method Park Consulting GmbH in 2012)
- Foundation of Method Park Holding AG
- Method Park releases first version of project>kit
- Foundation of Method Park Software AG
Prof. Dr. Bernd Hindel
Dr. Jürgen Schmied
Prof. Dr. Bernd Hindel (CEO)
Prof. Dr. Bernd Hindel studied computer science in Erlangen and Green Bay (USA). After his doctorate at the University of Erlangen in 1991, he worked for the Central Research Department of Siemens in Erlangen. From 1995 to 2000 he was Managing Director of 3SOFT. In 2001 Prof. Hindel founded Method Park. Under his leadership Method Park received several prices i.e.: TOP JOB (2004, 2008, and 2011), IHK Founders Award 2005, Bavaria’s Best 50 (2006, 2007, and 2009), Great Place to Work (2009).
In addition Prof. Hindel is a Lecturer for Software Engineering at the University of Erlangen and the University of Augsburg. Bernd Hindel is the founder of the ASQF e.V. (Association for Software Quality and Training). He was President of the ASQF from 1996 to 2007. Prof. Hindel is the founder of iNTACS e.V. (international Assessor Certification Scheme for SPICE Assessors). He was President of iNTACS from 2003 to 2005. As a member of DIN Institute, Prof. Hindel was the chairman for Software and System-Engineering Standards and the head of the German Delegation to ISO/IEC JTC1 SC7. From 2006 to 2009 he was the German representative at the Working Group responsible for the definition of SPICE (ISO/IEC 15504). Prof. Hindel has been Keynote Speaker and/or Organizing Chair of many international Conferences on Software Quality, including the “World Congress on Software Quality”, Munich, 2005 and Shanghai, 2011. Prof. Hindel published numerous papers and books on software engineering.
Dr. Martin Geier (COO)
Dr. Martin Geier studied Information Science at Erlangen-Nuremberg University. Besides taking up a post at the university, he was also on the Executive Board of Config e.G. After gaining his doctorate at the chair for Operating Systems and Distributed Systems, Martin Geier joined Method Park in 2000. In addition to his management position in the Engineering Department of the company, he initially held a position as Senior Consultant, after which he assumed responsibility for the systematic development of the "Professional Services" Division. The Engineering and Consulting Department achieved annual growth rates of 25 to 30 per cent under his leadership. Martin Geier has been a member of the Method Park Software AG Executive Board since 2008. Since 2012 he has been on the Executive Board of Method Park Holding AG and Chief Executive Officer of Method Park Engineering GmbH.
Dr. Erich Meier (CTO)
Erich Meier is the creator and chief architect of the "Stages" process management system. In 2001, Erich started working for Method Park and wrote the first lines of "Stages" code. Since then, he helped to grow the system and win large corporations as customers. In 2007, he was appointed as Method Park's CTO being responsible for the global products business, technology vision and roadmap.
Before working for Method Park, Erich designed and developed web-based information systems for universities and deployed them at more than 15 universities in Germany and Austria.
He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Erlangen.
Dr. Holger Hoehn (Manager Method Park Consulting GmbH)
Dr. Holger Hoehn is the Managing Director of Method Park Consulting GmbH. His activities focus on the implementation of SPICE assessments and process improvement projects and training, mainly in the automotive environment. Holger Hoehn is co-author of the book "Software Engineering in Accordance with Automotive SPICE". In working groups of the iNTACS e.V., he assisted in the development of curricula, training materials and exam questions for assessor training. Holger Hoehn is an intacs™ Certified Principal Assessor (ISO/IEC 15504) für Automotive SPICE®.
Dr. Juergen Schmied (Manager Method Park Consulting GmbH)
Dr. Juergen Schmied is the CEO of Method Park Consulting GmbH and pools together Method Park’s consulting services for all customer sectors. From 2002 to 2008, Juergen Schmied organized and chaired the German Project Management Board at iSQI, which is responsible for the syllabus, exam questions and the accreditation of the iSQI® Certified Professional for Project Management. Juergen Schmied is a specialist in CMMI®, SPICE and project management. He is co-author of several books, e.g. „SPICE im Unternehmen einführen“ („Introducing SPICE into the Company“). At the University of Wurzburg, he holds lectures on "Management in Software Engineering". Juergen Schmied is an intacs™ Principal Assessor for ISO/IEC 15504 and Automotive SPICE®, a Certified CMMI Instructor from the CMMI Institute, a trainer and an expert on process improvement and management. He is also an instructor for INTACS Provisional and Competent Assessors.
Klaus-Magnus Junginger (Chairman)
Klaus-Magnus Junginger studied law in Würzburg. Since September 2002 he has been an independent lawyer in Munich. His main specialist areas are in corporate law, in particular stock corporation law, and in Due Diligence assessments. He works as a consultant for matters relating to capital market law and supports companies in preparing for IPOs. Mr. Junginger holds seminars at the Nürnberger Akademie für Absatzwirtschaft (Nuremberg academy for distributive trade) and presentations at the Munich University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule München) on the topic of "Mergers and Acquisition".
Prof. Dr. Thomas C. Peisl (Chairman Delegate)
Prof. Dr. Thomas C. Peisl studied business administration in Germany and the US and was awarded his Ph.D. from the Technical University Chemnitz. Prof. Peisl occupied various international management positions at Siemens, VEBA and General Electric, prior to joining the Department of Business Administration at Munich University of Applied Sciences as professor for Business Management in the year 2000.
He heads various research projects and is a visiting professor at Edinburgh Napier University and the University of South Wales. His research focus is on innovation management from an organizational and founder's perspective.
Following his commercial training and subsequent studies in business administration, Albin Ettle has been working in various positions in purchasing and logistics at Robert Bosch GmbH since 1977.
Among other positions, he was responsible from mid-1988 to 1992 for building up an international purchasing office in South-East Asia, which was located in Singapore. Since 2010 he is as Executive Vice President Corporate Sector Purchasing and Logistics responsible for the Global Purchasing Automotive.
Since 2008, Albin Ettle, in his position as Executive Vice President is responsible in our Corporate Sector Purchasing and Logistics for Global Purchasing. He has focused on achieving a permanent reorientation of the purchasing processes - in terms of an integral supply-chain approach and the corresponding development of the necessary organizational structures worldwide.
Albin Ettle was born in 1960 in Roth. Besides his commitment to his career and family, he likes to keep up his hobbies of motorcycling, travelling and attending musicals.
Gerd Höfner studied computer science at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen. After successful completion of these studies in 1985 he began his career at Siemens AG. He held various leading positions during his career there, such as director for the specialist center for systems engineering at Corporate Technology, director of "Integration of Business and Automation", and director of the division "MES Products" in the area of Automation & Drives. In 2002, he took on his current role as Vice President at the Software Engineering Centre, Siemens Information Systems Ltd. in Bangalore, India. Since 2010 he is the Managing Director of Siemens Information System. As an associate lecturer and within the framework of various teaching activities, Gerd Höfner lectured at the Universities of Linz and Erlangen. Among other things, he is a member of the steering committee of Siemens Corporate Technology India, of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, and of the German Business Group Bangalore, India.
Dr. Erich Muskat
Dr. Erich Muskat studied physics at the universities in Erlangen, Heidelberg, and Johannesburg in South Africa. He gained his PhD in nuclear physics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. From 1998 to 2011 he was Director Research and Development at RUAG Ammotec GmbH in Fürth. Since 2012, Dr. Muskat is the Managing Director at DynITEC GmbH in Troisdorf.
Dr. Wolfgang Runge
Dr. Wolfgang Runge studied engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig. After obtaining his doctorate, he took over the management of the special research project "Manufacturing Technology" at the University of Stuttgart. 1983 Dr. Runge switched to ZF Friedrichshafen AG as a development engineer for electronic control units in passenger vehicles. From 1991 to 2004, he was responsible for electronics throughout the ZF Group. Thereafter, from 2004 until his retirement in 2010, Dr. Runge was CEO of ZF Steering Systems and responsible for the business segment passenger car steering systems as well as for research and development of all business segments (passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, pumps and steering columns). In 2009, Dr. Runge was awarded the Daimler-Benz-Maybach Medal of Honour by the VDI (Association of German Engineers). Acknowledged, among other things, were his main contributions to quality and process orientation of functional and software development and mechatronics in the German automotive industry.