May 15–16, 2019 Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Boston, MA

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  • How NOT to do Embedded Development - Lessons Learned

    • Dave Nadler  |  consultant + designer + developer, Nadler & Associates
    Location:  ESC Engineering Theater (Booth 1067)
    Format: 45-minute Technical Session
    Conference Track: ESC Engineering Theater (Free)
    Session Type: ESC Engineering Theater (Free)
    Pass type: Conference (Paid), Expo (Free) - Get your pass now!
    Vault Recording: TBD

    Most projects fail. That is, if you define success as on time, on budget, delivering a reliable product that meets all objectives. And most fail for the same reasons. Lots of my career has been spent getting projects back on track, and I can assure you that as they say in pilot school, there are no new ways to crash.

    Most engineers have never studied failures (unlike pilots, lawyers, architects, doctors, business school case studies, etc.). Hence we're generally unprepared to recognize common symptoms of trouble, and don't know techniques to steer away from the abyss. This session is a Socratic-style group exploration, where we'll explore a few projects that got into trouble. I'll give some pertinent facts about the project. Then we'll discuss how they show impending failure, suggestions for remediation, and finally how things were set back on course.

    Projects to be discussed include an aircraft collision-avoidance system, an automatic toll collection system, an avionics flight-computer product, an industrial measurement system, and time permitting a couple others.