Project and ProductDisclaimer: This page describes a scenario for a project course with the ambition to provide close to real industrial experience for the students. Zenterio has kindly agreed to play the role of the customer and let the students work with their products. This means that no information on this page can be regarded as official statements from Zenterio.
Before the summer vacation 2015, the executive board of the company decided that a new product should be developed and marketed. They have forecasted a great demand for a new generation of apps for Set Top Boxes (STB). The time line is fairly ambitious; a first release of version 1.0 should be launched in December 2015 at the Valla Software and System Expo (VSSE).
The ProductThe system does not exist today and should therefore be designed from start. However, the aim is to use some framework and build the system based on that. This is one of the tasks that the R&D department will consider in the beginning of the project.
The aim of the system is to offering all opertors apps that can be downloaded for the use of the operators' end-users. It must be easy to use and configurable so that it can fit several different operators' need, i.e., this is a general product that is not targeted for one particular operator.
There are two main criteria on the product:
- The apps shall be possible to run on different versions of the STB's and be easy to apply for the end-users. Hence, the main input for version 1.0 should come from the reference customer (see below).
- The product is sold as an turn-key solution for all segments of operators.
Reference CustomerThe product is only at an idea stage. Therefore, good customer input is essential in order to set up the right requirements. Furthermore, since it is a new product, the company needs a good reference customer to be able to sell the product in the future. The CEO has managed to sign a contract with Zenterio AB in Linköping. This department has signed a contract consisting of a pre-paid pre-study, where our company should deliver a plan and suggestions of the product. If Zenterio accepts the pre-study, they will order the system, which must be delivered no later than December 2015.
Zenterio has long since realized many operators would benefit from having a set of innovative apps for the STB's:
- Apps can be used for information feed, such as news feed and commercial ribbons.
- Apps can be used for infotainment, such as games and services.
- App-based archtectures is a trend with most end-user platforms today.
Thus it has been decided to utilize an external contractor to continue the effort.
This arrangement with a reference customer gives several advantages. The customer will:
- pay for some of the product development cost.
- be our first reference customer for future marketing.
- give us good requirements as input, which enable relevant features.
Customer contactThe project leader at Zenterio is Marco Frattolin. He has internal backup from a reference group at the company, where input and requirements can come from different users.
All customer meetings must be arranged by setting up pre-booked meetings. Further correspondence can of course also take place via e-mail, but you should agree with the customer about how these procedures should take place. You will receive contact details from the CEO when the customer is ready.
Product RequirementsIt is the P&S department's responsibility to organize, collect, and assemble the requirements for the product. The are many different stakeholders who can be the source of requirements (or potential requirements), where the most prominent are:
- The reference customer
- The CEO
- Competitors (by studying what they are offering)
In an utopian world, there would be unlimited resources to produce and deliver products. However, in the real world, this is of course not the case. In this project there are many critical resource constraints, such as the available time for the customer, computer resources, budget, calender time etc.
Since we have signed a fixed price contract with the reference customer, the executive board has decided that the amount of time that we are allowed to spend on the product is limited. A corporate decision is made that each engineer in the project should spend approximately 160 hours on this project, including everything (project meetings, document preparations, implementation etc.) Since this project requirement is very important, it is up to the department managers' to collect time reports from employee and report this before each company or department meeting.
Page responsible: Kristian Sandahl
Last updated: 2015-08-27