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Key Factors for Achieving Project Success in Integration of Automotive Mechatronics
Volvo Construction Equipment, Eskilstuna, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8891-033X
Mälardalen University, Department of Computer Science and Electronics.
Mälardalen University, Department of Computer Science and Electronics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3375-6766
Mälardalen University, Department of Computer Science and Electronics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2855-9220
2007 (English)In: Journal of Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering, ISSN 1614-5046, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 141-155Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we present a multiple case study on integration of automotive mechatronic components. Based on the findings, we identify that the root causes of problems in integration are largely related to decisions omitted in electronic strategy.

We present and recommend use of checklists defining key factors to address in order to achieve successful integration projects in terms of cost and quality. Our recommendations are defined by checklists for critical decisions in areas; functionality, platform, integration, and stakeholder involvement.

The recommendations are established based on practitioner experience and then validated in a multiple case study. Five cases of integration are studied for different heavy vehicles in one company, and the fulfillment of our recommendations is measured. Finally we define project success criteria and we compare the level of fulfillment with the project success in terms of time plan and resource consumption.

The main contribution of this study is the validated recommendations, each including a set of checkpoints that defines recommendation fulfillment. We also present defining characteristics to identify a high risk project. We provide a set of observable project properties and show how they affect project risk.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 3, no 2, p. 141-155
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Computer Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-7043DOI: 10.1007/s11334-007-0023-2Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34249915324OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-7043DiVA, id: diva2:237053
Available from: 2009-09-25 Created: 2009-09-25 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Engineering Automotive Electronic Systems: Decision Support for Successful Integration
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Engineering Automotive Electronic Systems: Decision Support for Successful Integration
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The electronic system of a modern vehicle is essential to achieve a successful automotive product. Vehicle development is performed by integrating components that include embedded electronics from several suppliers.

This thesis present results on the subject of integration of automotive electronic systems. Our studies aim at providing knowledge on how to integrate automotive electronic systems successfully in a setting where vehicles are developed based on existing platforms. We focus on early phases of automotive electronic system development and in particular on the decisions taken in integration of electronic sub-systems. The contribution is the presented support for making decisions to successfully integrate electronic systems for modern vehicles. The contribution includes an overview of driving factors of automotive electronics system design, a validated set of success practices for the integration of electronic components, and the proposal and demonstration of a decision model. The influential factors and the validated set of practices stems from case studies of products and projects while the proposed decision model is a result of combining two general models for architecture analysis and decision making, ATAM and AHP.

We demonstrate that choices in strategy and design preceding integration are central to achieve a successful integration. Our studies show that problems arise from omitted strategy decisions and we provide a checklist for decision making in the areas; functionality, platform, integration design, and assigning responsibilities. We provide a recommendation that we validate in a multiple cases study where fulfillment of recommendations is demonstrated to affect project success in integration projects.

The potential gain for OEMs using our results lies in achieving more solid foundations for design decisions. Designers and managers could potentially find central decisions on integration strategy early that, if omitted, could cause delays. Thus, applying the result could avoid pitfalls and enable successful integration projects.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för datavetenskap och elektronik, 2007. p. 123
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 52
Keywords
Integration, Automotive, Decision support, Electronic system, Systems engineering
National Category
Computer Sciences
Research subject
Computer Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-459 (URN)978-91-85485-65-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2007-12-19, Beta, U, Mälardalens högskola, Västerås, Västerås, 13:00
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Available from: 2007-11-14 Created: 2007-11-14 Last updated: 2018-01-13

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