A Study Investigating Challenges in The Interface Between Product Development and Manufacturing in The Development of Software-Intensive Automotive Systems
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2012
The automotive industry is facing a tremendous growth in the engineering of software-intensive
systems, giving rise to various challenges. To prevent problems related to the ¯t of new
software technologies in vehicles and the manufacturing processes, a well functioning interaction
between the functions for product development and manufacturing is crucial. This is
complicated by the fact that the changeable nature of software development causes unprecedented
needs for collaboration and coordination between these two functions. This paper
reports on a process assessment that focuses on the interface between the functions for
product development and manufacturing in the development and design of software-intensive
automotive systems. The main purpose of the study was to identify the key issues for improvement
in the area assessed. The assessment was performed at two Swedish automotive
companies where data were collected from documents and in interviews with practitioners.
Nine key improvement issues were established ranging from challenges in requirements engineering
to the need for knowledge transfer between manufacturing and product development.
In addition, to increase the understandability of the results and map possible avenues for solution and future research, the paper provides an extensive analysis of each improvement issue in relation to the state-of-the-art.
integrated product development
automotive software development
software intensive product development