Moving to Collaborative Design Management (and why you should care!)
Moving to Collaborative Design Management (and why you should care!)by Neil Patterson and AnnMarie Stenglein
Teams of capable individuals carefully chosen and assembled, for whatever purpose, are almost always “greater than the sum of their parts,” as the saying goes. Think of how, in the hands of a master, all 16 chess pieces become an invincible force; or the 1927 New York Yankees (including Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, you may need to look that one up) -- both offer examples of overwhelming power, grace, and skill that no one piece or player in isolation could command.
The same holds true for well-coordinated systems engineering and software development teams. Development is, essentially, a team sport. Working in collaboration with others, individuals contribute to a whole-team effort in ways that, when they work in isolation, are just not possible.
Over the past summer and this fall, the IBM Rational team has been describing “Collaborative Design Management,” (CDM) a set of capabilities announced this past June at our Innovate Conference in Orlando, Florida. CDM is the process of harnessing design capabilities within a system engineering and software development team setting for improved architecture and product stability. Collaboration is the key word here. It’s all about the power of teams working toward a common goal.
IBM Rational’s Jazz-based CDM capabilities extend the practitioner capabilities of design and development tools, like Rational Software Architect and Rational Rhapsody, with team capabilities for extended team design review, comment, and markup of designs while supporting traceability of designs to requirements, change request, tests, and other lifecycle artifacts. It’s not only possible to collaborate on designs authored using IBM Rational products, but the same capabilities can also be applied to The Mathworks Simulink models.
Collaborative Design Management gives software development teams a way to
Now, we have a cool new video that helps put all this into perspective.
Check this out, and see how IBM Collaborative Design Management enables stakeholders from both inside and outside the core design team to contribute to the design, expressing their concerns and their points of view, so it can be leveraged and understood by the whole team.
Please leave a comment below if you have any questions. We’ll look forward to hearing from you!
Neil Patterson, Design and Development Marketing Manager, IBM Rational
Annmarie Stenglein, Worldwide Program Manager, Smart Products, IBM Rational