Automotive Process Management

SOFTWARE, SECURITY, SAFETY

The automotive industry is being transformed by the dominance of software and interconnectivity in innovation. To keep vehicle ecosystems current and secure, software must be continuously updated without impacting safety.

OEMs and suppliers need to keep pace with the dynamics of this transition under continued cost pressure. As a result, redesigning the automotive value streams and their processes becomes mandatory

 

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RELEVANT STANDARDS

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

  • ISO/SAE 21434 for cyber security of road vehicles
  • ISO DIS 24089 for software update engineering
  • ISO 26262:2018 for functional safety
  • ISO PAS 21448 for the safety of the intended functionality (SOTIF)
  • Automotive SPICE® 3.1 for quality in systems and software engineering

To fulfill those standards, certain processes must be followed in all development projects. Cybersecurity practices need to be implemented across the organization and compliance must be demonstrated in audits and assessments.

Automotive companies are challenged to implement this without adding significant overhead to their bottom line and time to market.

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

WHITEPAPER: ORCHESTRATING AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONS

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.

 

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PROCESS INNOVATION AT TWICE THE SPEED

Especially new players in the automotive market need to efficiently achieve the required process excellence. Our Automotive Process Framework can be used as a jumpstart. It is modeled in Stages and contains the condensed know-how of two decades of automotive process experience:

  • Definitions of 45 processes covering
    • System engineering
    • Software development
    • Hardware development
    • Mechanical development
    • Cybersecurity
    • Functional safety
    • Management and support

  • Templates for 90 key work products
  • Complete mapping to ISO 26262, ISO 21434, and Automotive SPICE

Organizations using Stages with the Automotive Process Framework achieve their process improvement goals up to 50% faster than their peers

Aptiv
Audi
BMW
BOSCH
Continental
FCA
Ford
Geely
Infineon
LG
NIO
Nvidia
Volkswagen
ZF
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OUR PROVEN PROCESS PLATFORM

STAGES IS THE #1 TOOL FOR MANAGING PROCESSES IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY


 

Stages is designed for automotive process innovation:

  • Model lean processes
  • Tailor processes for programs, projects, and teams
  • Manage compliance to standards and regulations

Stages covers the whole process lifecycle from initial modeling to integrated process execution while reducing the efforts for demonstrating standard compliance by over 50%.

 

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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