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Peng X.,Fudan University | Ali Babar M.,University of Adelaide | Ebert C.,Vector Consulting Services
IEEE Software | Year: 2014

Outsourcing to the crowd, or crowdsourcing, has launched extremely successful businesses, such as Linux. But platforms for efficient collaboration and crowdsourcing support are still emerging. This article provides an overview of current technologies for crowdsourcing. © 1984-2012 IEEE.


Lanubile F.,University of Bari | Ebert C.,Vector Consulting Services | Prikladnicki R.,Grande Rio University | Vizcano A.,University of Castilla - La Mancha
IEEE Software | Year: 2010

Global software engineering requires tool support. A survey of current collaborative development tools and environments summarizes their features and development trends. © 2010 IEEE.


Ebert C.,Vector Consulting Services | Abrahamsson P.,Free University of Bozen Bolzano | Oza N.,University of Helsinki
IEEE Software | Year: 2012

This special issue addresses lean software development. What principles deliver value, and how are they introduced to best manage change? © 2012 IEEE.


Louridas P.,Athens University of Economics and Business | Ebert C.,Vector Consulting Services
IEEE Software | Year: 2013

Embedded analytics and statistics for big data have emerged as an important topic across industries. As the volumes of data have increased, software engineers are called to support data analysis and applying some kind of statistics to them. This article provides an overview of tools and libraries for embedded data analytics and statistics, both stand-alone software packages and programming languages with statistical capabilities. © 2013 IEEE.


Lanubile F.,University of Bari | Calefato F.,University of Bari | Ebert C.,Vector Consulting Services
IEEE Software | Year: 2013

Insufficient team collaboration often challenges global software engineering projects. Group awareness can improve teams' trust, relationships, and efficiency. This article surveys the key technologies and tools that support group awareness and collaboration. © 1984-2012 IEEE.


Ebert C.,Vector Consulting Services | Brinkkemper S.,University Utrecht
Journal of Systems and Software | Year: 2014

Product management is a key success factor for software products as it spans the entire life-cycle and thus ensures both a technical and business perspective. With its many interfaces to various business processes and stakeholders across the life-cycle, it is a primary driver for requirements engineering in its focus on value-orientation and consistency across releases. This article provides an overview on product management in software and IT. It summarizes experiences with introducing, improving and deploying the role of a product manager. In order to get a profound industry overview we performed a field study with interviews and concrete insight across fifteen different organizations world-wide on the role of the product manager and its success factors. As a technical solution we present four success factors identified from the research and show how they address the challenges we identified in practice. The novel part of this research and technical study is the industry survey and evaluation of resulting solution proposals. We found that with increasing institutionalization of a consistent and empowered product management role, the success rate of projects in terms of schedule predictability, quality and project duration improves. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Ebert C.,Vector Consulting Services
Software and Systems Modeling | Year: 2013

Rising cost pressure is forcing manufacturers and their suppliers to jointly and consistently master product development. Our industry case study shows how a leading automotive OEM over time has achieved effective interaction of engineering processes, tools, and people on the basis of product and application life-cycle management (PLM/ALM). Its scope is first an introduction to PLM/ALM on the basis of a model-driven engineering (MDE) for one or several products or product families. Second, PLM and ALM need tool support to the degree necessary to ease handling and drive reuse and consistency. Third, introducing MDE needs profound change management. Starting from establishing the relevant engineering processes, we show how they can be effectively automated for best possible usage across the enterprise and even for suppliers. We practically describe how such a profound change process is successfully managed together with impacted engineers and how the concepts can be transferred to other companies. Concrete results for efficiency improvement, shorter lead time, and better quality in product development combined with better global engineering underline the business value. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Ebert C.,Vector Consulting Services
SAE Technical Papers | Year: 2013

Functions such as adaptive cruise control, crash protection systems, active body control and ESP are increasing in complexity and taking an ever more active role in controlling the car. These functions are realized by systems of sensors, actuators and interconnected electronic control units. The systems must be designed to function under a variety of operating conditions and must adhere to a number of mechanical, hardware and software constraints. In order to be able to manage the emerging product liability risks associated with such systems as well as ensuring the high level of quality required of automotive systems, significant improvements to engineering processes are necessary. In this article, we describe our experiences in adapting companies' development processes to conform to safety standards and to cope with the challenges mentioned above. We detail key success factors in overcoming these challenges and provide practical examples from working with global OEMs and tier-one suppliers on implementing safety standards in E/E development. Copyright © 2013 SAE International.


Ebert C.,Vector Consulting Services
IEEE Software | Year: 2015

Surveys of and interviews with software business leaders around the world point to success factors that will advance the software business over the next 30 years. However, the responses left unaddressed whether we evolve to Humanity 2.0-or a posthuman society. © 1984-2012 IEEE.


Buglione L.,Engineering.IT SpA | Ebert C.,Vector Consulting Services
IEEE Software | Year: 2011

Estimating size or resources is one of the most important topics in software engineering and IT. You won't deliver according to expectations if you don't plan, and you can't plan if you don't know the underlying dependencies and estimates. This column is an overview of estimations. It covers estimation methods and provides an overview and evaluation of popular estimation tools. © 2011 IEEE.

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