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    Published On: October 22, 2008
    Number of pages: 376
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The Only Dedicated Handbook for the Production and Release of Complex and Embedded Systems
There are many books on project management and many on embedded systems, but few address the project management of embedded products from concept to production. Project Management of Complex and Embedded Systems: Ensuring Product Integrity and Program Quality uses proven project management methods, as well as elements of IEEE embedded software development techniques, to explain how to deliver a reliable complex system to market.
Walks managers through the stages of a project’s life cycle so that they can anticipate and prepare for potential problems
This volume begins with a general discussion of project management, followed by an examination of the various tools used before a project is underway. The book then delves into the specific project stages: concept, product development, process development, validation of the product and process, and release to production. Finally, post-project stages are explored, including failure reporting, analysis, corrective actions, and product support.
The book draws heavily on information from Department of Defense sources as well as systems developed by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford to standardize the approach to designing and developing new products. These automotive development and production ideas have universal value, particularly the concept of process and design controls.
Applicable to the Development of any Embedded System
The authors use these systems to explain project management techniques that can assist developers of any embedded system. The methods explored can be adapted toward mechanical development projects as well.
The text includes numerous “war stories” offering concrete solutions to problems that might occur in production. Multiple tables and illustrative figures are provided to further clarify the material. Organized sequentially to follow the normal life cycle of a project, this reference gives project managers a tool they can use to identify challenges before they become problems and to resolve those issues that cannot be avoided.

Good summary of necessary ingredients for successful projects/products!
Wolfgang Zientz Managing Director DEINE - Deutsche Ingenieure GmbH

A 'must read' for all project personnel inside and outside the automotive industry.
- Jeb Riordan of Project Magazine (on line)

This is my favorite part, release management is an issue that recently had to do in life. I know how difficult it is to truly organize this stage of the project, which has a crucial impact on the quality of the final product. Described points are taken from the industry, but very well suited for the production of software, you will find here: Trial Productions Runs, Pilot Runs, Method Builds, Production Release Risk and Costs.
- Marcin Zręda
April 27, 2010 at Test and Try Magazine

For someone with no training in formal project management, the discussion of the various tools with examples is enlightening. The authors have touched on a wealth of topics without creating a monster of a reference book. The detail is adequate to enable the reader to apply the simpler concepts immediately or to seek more detail for the more complex tools. It is helpful in evaluating what tool to use where, through the comparison of alternative methodologies.
- Sr. Quality Pro at Amazon

A great overall project management book. It starts with an easy to understand general overview of project management and gets into more detail as the book goes on. There are several entertaining real life examples of potential pitfalls in the project management structure as well as a comparison of some of the tools used by managers
-Chris Black of CB Solutions January 17, 2011

The combined experience of the two authors in the book Project Management of Complex and Embedded Systems: Ensuring Product Integrity and Program Quality has been displayed with the use of project management concepts, tools, and methods. While many texts exist of the project management discipline, the focus of complex and embedded systems is lacking. Kim Pries and Jon M. Quigley fill this gap in such a way that the concepts, processes and management for those in the automotive field are evident and written so that other fields can take use and apply for their own management environment.

The book is focused toward the processes of the automotive industry and gives light to how much more is placed on project managers in this field. A section on Risk is very detailed and useful for planning and reducing the risks that are faced on any project. The Appendix in this text provides a vast amount of information and tools that can assist any project manager.

The only item that I see the text is lacking is the support of online/electronic resources. Several project management texts have a dedicated source for slides, document examples, and even short videos. While many of the diagrams and figures are self-explanatory, some of the documents mentioned would be beneficial for the reader to view and use.

One item in the text that I absolutely enjoyed was the `War Story' sections at the end of each chapter. By providing real-life examples that are focused to the chapter as a closing item is a great idea, this gives the reader a chance to reflect on the material for the situation presented and also a point of discussion with others.

My background being in software development and design is not focused on the automotive industry; however, the lessons illustrated in the text can be shared with other project managers.
- C. Darst April 22, 2011

I am deeply impressed by your book "Project Management of Complex and Embedded Systems". I have been involved in many projects in the area of Automotive. I am by myself (.:connectomiX) an associated member of aBB – an OEM supplier consortium (GER) comprising of approximately 1.3K companies.

Handing over your book to lots of people in charge would have been much more efficient than facing dozens of endless meetings being based on failing substantiated knowledge! Yes, that’s what it is about: Substantiated knowledge transfer. This is what the book does! (Actually your work does.)

Kind regards from Berlin, --Mario Kupries Chief Software Architect Officer & Founder at :connectomiX April 25, 2014

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