Automotive Process Management

Technology Shifts

The automotive industry is being transformed by technology changes like electrification and autonomous driving, the dominance of software and interconnectivity in further innovation, and economical changes impacting its current business model. To cope with the dynamics of this transition under continued cost pressure, rethinking and optimizing all relevant processes becomes business critical.


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Process Innovation

To handle the growing complexity in the development of vehicles and their components, the automotive industry employs three key approaches:

Agile development practices: deliver value to customers earlier and with higher precision, better adjust to changing requirements in large-scale programs

Model-based systems engineering (MBSE): use systems engineering practices and models across the whole product lifecycle, use simulation and virtual prototypes to create digital twins and manage the digital thread

Product line engineering (PLE): develop a large number of product variants in an efficient manner by replacing rework with reuse

All these new techniques fundamentally change the way of working and require a redesign of almost the entire engineering process landscape.

It is critical for every organization’s capability to innovate and keep its competitive advantage, that all engineering teams can proficiently apply those new processes and techniques in their daily work.


Every automotive customer expects their vehicle to be reliable, safe, and secure. In that respect, the following standards apply to companies involved in the automotive business:

  • Automotive SPICE® 3.1 for quality in systems and software engineering
  • ISO 26262:2018 for functional safety
  • ISO/SAE 21434 for cyber security of road vehicles
  • ISO PAS 21448 for the safety of the intended functionality (SOTIF)
  • IATF 16949 for general product quality

It is key to implement processes according to those standards and being able to effectively show compliance in audits and assessments. This significantly reduces the risk of liability issues and brand reputation losses with disastrous financial impact.

When I do Automotive SPICE® assessments the teams use Stages to prove how well they are doing on these assessments.

James Greenfield, Senior Process and Assessment Consultant, Continental


A Product Development Process model helps explain the dependences of all systems and people within the enterprise. It serves as a base to start modeling a department’s work (their silo) in detail, and to engage department members in process improvements. As benefits become obvious it encourages other departments to model the details of their processes, quickly identifying opportunities for the efficiency benefits.



Our Solution

Stages is the #1 tool for managing engineering processes in the automotive industry
being used by leading OEMs as well as their suppliers
More References

Interview with General Motors

Stages helped us immensely to improve just simply by getting all of our knowledge and all of our process elements in one formal system – and all are talking to each other. It helps get us out of the old way of thinking about processes in managing individual Excel files and PowerPoint files.

Nick Wilmot, Business Process Lead, General Motors

Our Solution


Stages is designed for automotive process innovation, including

  • Modeling
  • Piloting
  • Execution

of processes to speed up adoption of agile practices, model-based systems engineering, or product line engineering.

Stages contains unique capabilities to assure compliance to standards like Automotive SPICE, or ISO 26262 and reduce the efforts for proving compliance by over 50%.


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