Tools for Standardization
The main task of project groups is to create, further develop and maintain standards. ASAM gives plenty of support for project groups to enable a professional and efficient work style. Templates and guidelines provide a starting point for writing a standard and to carry out projects. ASAM makes tools available that most people from the automotive industry are familiar with. Funds are available for contracting out external work needed to support the development of a standard. The ASAM office is always available in the background to assist project groups in technical, marketing or business matters. This infrastructure allows project groups to get started in no time and finish their projects with success.
Guidelines and Templates
The ASAM Project Handbook specifically helps project leaders and group members to work within ASAM efficiently and follow some essential processes. It provides guidelines how to propose a new or to revise an existing standard, how to carry out a project and how to release a standard. ASAM gives project groups plenty of leeway to organize themselves and carry out their work how they need it. The Project Handbook primarily describes processes that the project group needs to follow while working with other institutions at ASAM.
Project leaders, document owners and authors have templates available for writing standards, issue proposals, release presentations and other documents. They provide a quick start and ensure a common look and content across all ASAM documents.
Version Control System
ASAM maintains a Subversion server (SVN) for storing and retrieving files. Each member of a project group has access to his group's repository via the Internet. The server uses the HTTPS protocol, so that members from within the most restrictive IT environments can access the server. SVN can be used via an Internet browser or the free TortoiseSVN client software.
Issue and Change Request Tracking System
Standards may contain issues, e.g. bugs, ambiguities or unclear definitions. Members may request changes to the standard or propose new features. ASAM uses a Bugzilla server for issue and change request tracking. The database is Internet-accessible for members with a login. Issues and change requests are documented there, assigned to a project group and tracked until completion. Bugzilla has a web interface or can be used with an offline client such as Deskzilla.
If you have a login to the Bugzilla server, you may directly enter issues or change requests into the database. If you do not have access to the server, then please send your issue description or change request to support(at)asam.net.
Project groups may meet in person or via remote conferencing. For the latter, ASAM offers the WebEx Meeting Center system to project group members for application sharing via Internet and phone conferencing.
The work in project groups is primarily done by its project group members. However, the work may also be supported by external service providers. ASAM contributes up to 25% of funds of the total project budget to pay for external contract work that supports the development of the standard. This allows to employ a professional project manager, technical writer or technical consultant to support the development of the standard. Further financial support is available upon request, e.g. to carry out technical evaluations, development of standard software or reference applications.
ASAM maintains a permanently staffed office of professionals, who are responsible for membership administration, IT infrastructure, technical support and marketing. The ASAM office supports project groups in technical or administrative matters and makes the above mentioned tools and documents available. Whenever project groups need professional help, the ASAM office is at theirs disposal. For business and marketing matters, please use info(at)asam.net. For technical or project matters, please use support(at)asam.net.
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