Compliance Utility for Business and Engineering Synergy (CUBES)

 
Engineering development projects are predominantly subject to a multitude of standards, tools and stakeholder interests; this is especially true for the aeronautical, defence, space, healthcare and automotive domains.Logo_Cubes3
 
Demanding time-to-market requirements result in a reduction of the development time and mandate new strategies such as component or code re-use. To this end, the Product Line and Variant Handling features of CUBES inherently define new requirements as input to the development process and to the configuration management.
There are various system development models established in the industry such as V-MODELL® XT, IEEE1220, ISO26262, CMMI, SPICE, DOD Standards, or company specific development standards (Blue-Books etc…). However, these Development Standards do not (or only partially) cover the Project Management Processes and Commercial Processes giving rise to inconsistencies and misinterpretations between the Processes for:
  • Process Definition and Project relevant Tailoring
  • System Definition
  • Systems Engineering
  • System Qualification
  • Project Management
  • Financial Management


All 6 Processes are interconnected, and yet there are no common rules or interfaces existing which define or control these interconnections. 

CUBES³® METHODOLOGY

CUBES³® provides an easy to use methodology for process-specific knowledge management and an intuitive project setup.

1. Standard selection and tailoring 
Development projects are performed according to one or more development standards defining artefacts, design-, validation-, verification- and management- processes; these processes are followed to demonstrate product maturity and safety.

2. System selection and definition 
Most development projects will start not from scratch. They are based on a set of system components already used in an existing product or a prototype. CUBES³® offers the possibility to import existing System Breakdown Structures and the related artefacts such as specifications, test procedures and qualification documents.

3. Merge of Standard and System 
When the development standards and the system are selected by the user, CUBES³® will allocate to each level of the system architecture the relevant documentation and artefacts to be provided.

4. Definition of Development steps and effort
Having broken down the system hierarchy, the user is able to identify the components to be modified or developed. CUBES³® will identify all relevant artefacts in the system break-down which need to be modified or developed to satisfy all the applicable selected standards. This identification leads automatically to the Work Breakdown Structure.

5. Definition of Development project
Based on the Work Breakdown Structure, CUBES³® sets up a Project Plan (Gant Chart) and a resource management plan.

6. Project monitoring and control
CUBES³® is able to monitor and display the progress of each work package (SOW).

CONCEPT

The CUBES³® presents 6 Views of a Cube and manages their relations and impacts on each other.

 

View 1: ProcessProcesses are the key drivers of the entire project and specify:Cubes3_3side1

  • all development steps
  • all management activities
  • all integration steps

Consequently, processes are the key drivers for the development costs.

 

View 2: Function/Feature/Requirement
The Functions are described in a hierarchical set of documents, depending on the selected Development Model.  Functions are processed by physical items such as components, subsystems or systems.

 

View 3: System
A group of components/sensors/equipment’s can be assembled to form a subsystem, a group of subsystems can be assembled to create to a system and a collection of systems creates the end product.

 

 

 

View 4: Qualification
The Qualification View identifies all artefacts and their status relevant for the Qualification/Certification process. CUBES³® contains Certification Specification CS27. CUBES³® generates Certification Plan and Certification Sheets for each relevant CS27 Paragraph and tracks and traces the certification process.

 

View 5: Project Management
The Project Management View provides the project plan and progress to Project Managers and Line Managers.

 

View 6: Financial Management (Costs)
The Cost View generates up-to-date costing data to Project Controllers and Project Managers and compares this to planned costs to actual costs.

SUMMARY

CUBES³® provides guidance in all complex development projects. It accommodates all roles and responsibilities, and all user specific view´s into the project. It gathers for various tools the relevant information and provides a consistent and transparent picture of the project.

CUBES³® is the process tailoring and management solution to develop standard compliant products.