[Point of VIEW] You Can’t Manage a Complex Application With Just a Putty Knife and a Piece of Sand Paper

Monday, March 28, 2016

Today’s post is part of a series exploring areas of focus and innovation for NI software.

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Today’s Featured Author

Shelley Gretlein is a self-proclaimed software geek and robot aficionado. As NI’s director of software marketing, you can find Shelley championing LabVIEW from keynote stages to user forums to elevator conversations. You can follow her on Twitter at @LadyLabVIEW.





You’re finally given the project you’ve been working towards: it’s “THE” project – big, hairy, complex, and visible to top management. It’s the project the company needs to get back on track. Before you dive in – remember the company needs this, meaning if it doesn’t go well it can threaten the very existence of the company and, therefore, your livelihood.

Now that there’s no pressure – what should you consider? With large software projects typically running 66% over budget and 33% over schedule, you need to have a plan to defy the statistics. Complex project management must be coordinated with clear accountability, clear communication, and shorter iterations. Luckily for you, there are reams of organizations that specialize in consulting for large application management. But – NI can help, too what we know is software for designing, prototyping, and deploying your engineering solution. And we also know that the right tool makes all the difference.

Imagine for a moment you didn’t go to engineering school, but instead became a drywaller. You’ve recently been hired by a local small business and you show up for your first day of work excited for a busy day. You and your team of three other workers show up to the first house – a straightforward job of room repair, taping and floating. But here’s the catch – you have a step stool, a piece of sand paper, and a putty knife. You begin on a small square and quickly become frustrated with bumpy spackle and tearing sand paper. Your colleagues are on stilts quickly moving across the ceiling with their drywall saws, automated sanders, and expert tape. They’ve completed three rooms and you’re still working on one patch.

You get the point – the right tools make all the difference. You need an engineering software tool for your engineering job. LabVIEW has been proven for over 30 years to be the most productive engineering software package on the market. But that’s not enough – the touch points to the process and the system are also critical. Tracking the relationship from requirements to test, measurement, and control software is crucial for validating implementation, analyzing the full impact of changing requirements, and understanding the impact of test failures. Performing this coverage and impact analysis helps engineers meet their requirements and streamline development efforts. NI Requirements Gateway is ideal for applications that simulate or test complex components against documented requirements in industries such as automotive, defense, aerospace, and consumer electronics.  Requirements Gateway works seamlessly with your NI software – from LabVIEW to TestStand to LabWindows™/CVI.

Whether you are running THE project, developing a simple UI, or creating the next test system for the team – ensure you use the right tools to allow you to focus on solving the complexity of the engineering challenge, not trying to unravel the complexity of application software tooling.