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Main Title: Should I stay or should I go?
Subtitle: On forces that drive and prevent MBSE adoption in the embedded systems industry
Author(s): Vogelsang, Andreas
Amorim, Tiago
Pudlitz, Florian
Gersing, Peter
Philipps, Jan
Type: Conference Object
Language Code: en
Abstract: [Context] Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) comprises a set of models and techniques that is often suggested as solution to cope with the challenges of engineering complex systems. Although many practitioners agree with the arguments on the potential benefits of the techniques, companies struggle with the adoption of MBSE. [Goal] In this paper, we investigate the forces that prevent or impede the adoption of MBSE in companies that develop embedded software systems. We contrast the hindering forces with issues and challenges that drive these companies towards introducing MBSE. [Method] Our results are based on 20 interviews with experts from 10 companies. Through exploratory research, we analyze the results by means of thematic coding. [Results] Forces that prevent MBSE adoption mainly relate to immature tooling, uncertainty about the return-on-investment, and fears on migrating existing data and processes. On the other hand, MBSE adoption also has strong drivers and participants have high expectations mainly with respect to managing complexity, adhering to new regulations, and reducing costs. [Conclusions] We conclude that bad experiences and frustration about MBSE adoption originate from false or too high expectations. Nevertheless, companies should not underestimate the necessary efforts for convincing employees and addressing their anxiety.
Issue Date: 2017
Date Available: 15-May-2018
DDC Class: 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
Subject(s): system engineering
process improvement
embedded systems
interview study
empirical research
Proceedings Title: Product-Focused Software Process Improvement. PROFES 2017
Publisher: Springer
Publisher Place: Cham
Volume: 2017
Publisher DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-69926-4_14
Page Start: 182
Page End: 198
Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Series Number: 10611
ISBN: 978-3-319-69926-4
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