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Continuous Improvement

Our claim is to support our customers in their endeavors remaining lean, agile and compliant. We build our services on consultants with broad experience and holistic views. Combined with a network of specialists to find effective and sustainable solutions working hand in hand with our customers.

Customers about our services

Bernina International AG

„Die Architektur muss von Anfang an richtig aufgesetzt werden und den Voraussetzungen einer modellgetriebenen Entwicklung entsprechen. Ich empfehle jedem Unternehmen, sich Unterstützung von einem externen, erfahrenen Rhapsody Spezialisten wie beispielsweise EVOCEAN zu holen, um die Basisarchitektur gemeinsam zu modellieren.“

Giovanni Annunzio

System Architect

Hamilton Medical AG – Rhapsody

„The direct coupling of design and code with Rhapsody helps us managing the complexity of our products more easily, as design and code remain consistent in the long term.“

Andreas Anderegg

Senior Software Engineer

Kern AG

„Even if the change to Rhapsody required at first additional investment and effort – we have never regretted our decision. The fully automatic code generation from the model makes our life easier!“

Andreas Dubach

Head of Development Systems

Bernina International AG

„For Bernina, abstraction, simulation, reuse and automatic code generation are central for a short time-to-market … and therefore the key of our success!"

Giovanni Annunzio

System Architect

SIX Financial Information Ltd

„The EVOCEAN continuous improvement method stabilized our processes and had a positive influence on the quality and on the satisfaction of the employees. I would recommend to use this approach at any time. Continuous improvement must become a part of everyday work."

Michael K. Steinhöfel-Cordova

Head of Quality Management

Rhapsody Training Feedback

Ich war mit allem zufrieden. Das war das beste Training, das ich je besucht habe.

Grösserer Automobil Zulieferer

Software Engineer

Bosch

"Ein grosses Lob an den sehr motivierten Trainer. Der Trainingsinhalt wird sehr kurzweilig und auch unterhaltsam vermittelt. Methodisch sehr gut war auch die jeweiligen Trainingstage am Ende nochmals Revue passieren zu lassen. Frank Braun konnte auch jede Frage beantworten und hat auch versucht, sofern der zeitliche Rahmes es erlaubte, auf angesprochenen Themen einzugehen."

N.N.

Systems Engineer

Hamilton Medical AG

"Die direkte Kopplung von Design und Code mit Rhapsody hilft uns, die Komplexität unserer Produkte einfacher zu managen, da Design und Code langfristig konsistent bleiben".

Andreas Anderegg

Senior Software Engineer

Schmidhauser AG

"A picture is worth a thousand words. Thanks to Rational Rhapsody® models, we can discuss new functionalities much better with our customers – even without knowledge of the code."

Peter Bode

Project Manager Mobile Drives

Bosch

A warm praise to the very motivated trainer. The training content is conveyed in a very enjoyable and entertaining way. It was also very good to review the respective training days at the end. Frank Braun was able to answer every question and also tried, as far as time allowed, to address further topics raised.

N.N.

Systems Engineer

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Digital Adoption

Digital Adoption Platforms to empower the user in the digital World

Digital interaction in the workplace and also in everyday life is becoming more and more the status quo. At the same time excellent user experience and promoting feedback is becoming ever more important. This is especially true for organizations to learn faster as they evolve at increasing pace.

Systems Engineering

Products are more and more complex and interconnected. With the uprising of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the opportunities given by the digitalisation of the Product Life Cycle, aka. Digital Transformation and Digital Twin, addressing better ways is becoming ever more important.

The Quest for Continuous Improvement in Software- and Product Development.

Are you looking for simple practices to improve the collaboration between projects or to shorten your product development time? Or are you just interested in ways to boost the motivation of your development teams? Instead of applying complicated, unsuitable procedures, collect information about your organization and start a step-wise improvement project based on actual needs and competencies.

Start with an improvements backlog

You need to prepare your organization for the change. The change receives a direction – with the vision, which entails the goals as well as their value for the customers and the organization. Prioritize the topics to address, and build a list of improvements called the improvement backlog. It will grant a sound basis for a successful continuous improvement. Use agile principles, to learn and adapt your improvement backlog as you move forward.

Build on strengths

At the beginning of every improvement project, carefully build a picture of the actual situation. What is already working fine? What can be kept and propagated between projects? Get a balanced view from your team about what they think is most important and the different objectives they want to achieve. If the team stands behind the aimed objectives, it will embrace the change emotionally.

Explore

When establishing new work practices, techniques and tools, bear in mind that development teams do not act in predefined patterns: deploy only rough workflows, general goals and guidelines. Allow space for the project teams to tailor the techniques according to their own needs. You must ensure an open communication. Share the improvement backlog with everyone who will be affected and listen to their comments.

Give it a try!

Ask the early adopters from the different units to pilot the initial solutions in their own projects. They are the most capable persons to gain practical experience, adapt the development practices and then optimize the way they work. Make sure that the improvement is not tailored to a single person or project.

Visualize progress

Visualize your team’s every-days tasks to make progresses and bottlenecks apparent. Use simple Task Boards or Kanban Boards as a quick way to get an objective view of what works and what not. You can then improve the work practices accordingly.

Eliminate waste

Changing is not only about adding new techniques and tools. It is also about departing from old habits that are not anymore useful.

Anchor the change in everyday life

Ask the participants of the first pilot to deploy the improved practices to other projects and to communicate their personal experience to their peers. They can also help their peers to tailor the practice to new projects. Let the participants and the structure vary when the number of projects involved is growing. Communicate new successes and advantages of deploying the new practices to the complete organization.

Start your journey here

We can help you to take the next step. Some of the projects activities we typically deal with:

  • Identifying development techniques adapted to your R&D, software- or product development and starting a continuous improvement project
  • Defining improvements goals and starting an improvement backlog for your organization
  • Designing an effective infrastructure and project for change
  • Coaching Scrum teams for crossing the canyon of chaos towards established agile practices
  • Introducing Kanban boards.
  • Coaching lean/Kanban development teams to visualize progresses Leading and Implementing continuous improvement projects for development teams
  • Designing and implementing agile R&D strategies
  • Aligning agile teams with product development regulations and standards such as IEC 62304 Medical Device Software Process Life cycle

For more information or if you are interested in a startup-up workshop for your team, please take up contact with us.