Constellation Software Engineering, Corp. Makes Lunar Exploration Easier

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IBM Rational software simplifies development for a successfully launched lunar craft

"The CSE requirements management team recognized the need to provide detailed status reports to mission project managers. To provide recurring reports without increasing labor costs, an automated, on-demand solution was a necessity. Our ability to maximize the breadth of the IBM software let us provide NASA with demand-based statistics while maintaining control of the costs." - Joseph Dress, IBM Certified Deployment Professional – DOORS V9, requirements management engineer, Constellation Software Engineering, Corp.

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Constellation Software Engineering, Corp. Makes Lunar Exploration Easier

  1. 1. IBM Software Aerospace and defenseCase Study Constellation Software Engineering, Corp. makes lunar exploration easier IBM Rational software simplifies development for a successfully launched lunar craft Founded nearly a decade ago, Constellation Software Engineering, Overview Corp. (CSE) delivers advanced systems engineering and software development services to its customers. A small, woman-owned business No extra time with a staff of less than 40 employees, it has maintained more than While supporting the design of a new lunar exploration craft, the company 35 service contracts with businesses in four states. At present, the needed to provide project managers company delivers IT architecture, end user and help-desk support, with up-to-date progress reports systems administration, requirements and configuration management, without diverting the support of other software design and development, testing and security services. critical efforts. Automated documentation Challenge A customized implementation of IBM Rational® DOORS® software along with CSE was assisting the Goddard Space Flight Center of the National IBM Rational Publishing Engine software Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with its Lunar delivers an automated reporting solution Reconnaissance Orbiter mission. The orbiter represented the space that documents key project statistics. administration’s first return to the moon since the Apollo program On-target development ended and was intended to capture high-quality images of the lunar CSE now has improved visibility into surface including details regarding its composition. development efforts, helping to simplify development tasks and encourage alignment with key project goals. While aiding with the development of multiple embedded control Improved reporting also helps to and management systems for the craft, the CSE staff was presented save time. with a request by NASA management, which wished to receive ongoing, timely statistics regarding the progress of the mission systems engineering teams. CSE supported several individual projects at any Solution Components: given time, and assembling frequent comprehensive reports would Software have drawn key staff away from more critical efforts. • IBM Rational® DOORS® • IBM Rational Publishing Engine Instead, the organization wished to provide the project managers with a more flexible solution that could deliver demand-based reporting, including the latest statistics, without requiring staff intervention. Solution Already aware of the value offered by IBM Rational® DOORS® software to support its requirements and document management efforts, CSE created a custom module within the IBM software that can be attached to each project. This access controlled module, when opened, actively scans all other modules associated with a particular project to
  2. 2. gather the most up-to-date statistics available. On average, the process examines between 50 and 60 project documents in less than three minutes. With these statistics gathered, users can review the progress of the project in numerous customized views that support analysis and reporting efforts. © Copyright IBM Corporation 2012 For more than five years, CSE has used Rational DOORS software to IBM Corporation encourage collaboration and communication among its design teams. Software Group Route 100 Currently, the organization is supporting 12 different satellite projects Somers, NY 10589 with the application, the largest of these teams comprising roughly U.S.A. 40 engineers. Produced in the United States of America February 2012 To simplify associated documentation processes, CSE is also heavily All Rights Reserved leveraging the IBM Rational Publishing Engine software. This IBM IBM, the IBM logo, ibm.com, Rational and DOORS are solution helps to automate the generation of configuration management trademarks of International Business Machines Corp., registered documentation, mission and module reporting, and publication of the in many jurisdictions worldwide. Other product and service names might be trademarks of IBM or other companies. A statistics gathered by the Rational DOORS software. current list of IBM trademarks is available on the Web at “Copyright and trademark information” at Benefits ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml • Generates progress reports in less than 20 seconds; the previous This document is current as of the initial date of publication processes required around 20 minutes and may be changed by IBM at any time. Not all offerings are available in every country in which IBM operates. • Helps simplify problem tracking and resolution across multiple systems with greater visibility into project history The performance data and client examples cited are presented for illustrative purposes only. Actual performance results may • Improves traceability for each instrument and system, helping staff vary depending on specific configurations and operating to verify that all development goals are metFor more information conditions. THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT IS To learn more about IBM Rational software, contact your IBM sales PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit: EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT ANY ibm.com/software/rational WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF NON-INFRINGEMENT. IBM products are warranted according to the terms and conditions of the agreements under which they are provided.“The CSE requirements management team Statements regarding IBM’s future direction and intent are recognized the need to provide detailed status reports subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only. to mission project managers. To provide recurring reports without increasing labor costs, an automated, Please Recycle on-demand solution was a necessity. Our ability to maximize the breadth of the IBM software let us provide NASA with demand-based statistics while maintaining control of the costs.” — Joseph Dress, IBM Certified Deployment Professional – DOORS V9, requirements management engineer, Constellation Software Engineering, Corp. RAC14227-USEN-00

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