The Cockpit Platform helps systems engineers realize and design a successful system. Cognition uses basic principles of Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) when defining the platform’s core functionality. Cockpit is designed with the end goal of identifying the needs of the customer and business, and working those needs into the product developed. This allows teams to prevent critical failures throughout the entire design process while taking into account every aspect of development:
Cockpit is designed to help balance all of these critical elements with a single, unified architecture. This keeps the product development process focused, efficient, and on track to deliver the right product in the fastest possible time to market, with total compliance.
Cockpit meets and exceeds the baseline INCOSE requirements management standards.
UNIFIED DATA MANAGEMENT MODEL
A requirement should not be isolated from its driving consumer or regulatory stimulus, related meetings, action items, test methods and tests, risks, hazards, FMEAs, mitigation plans, critical parameters, and management reports that it influences. Cockpit unifies a team’s entire development workflow in the cloud.
Ease of Use
Cockpit data is rendered into dynamic online templates that are created on-demand from the template library and support creation, review, and approval workflows. Cockpit documents and templates are fully configurable at any level of user access which the customer deems appropriate.
Traceability is one of Cockpit’s driving values. Getting a tabular trace from system breakdown to requirements to tests or vice versa is as simple as a mouse click. Use Cockpit’s built-in QFD/House of Quality templates to build matrix relationships at all levels of customer requirements, product requirements, and specifications.
Privileging and Configuration Management
Cockpit supports an extensive privileging model, allowing teams to restrict or grant access to users at all levels within the platform. Cockpit also supports extensive configuration management both within the platform itself and with Cognition’s Cockpit IDE.
Requirements management is the cornerstone of the Cockpit Platform, with everything connected. Voices flow down to requirements, sub-requirements are born out of parent requirements, tests are created to verify/validate requirements, and so on. Cognition has worked tirelessly to create a mechanism to make managing requirements easy. Using allocation matrices, teams can easily allocate requirements to a specific Bill of Materials (BOM) used later in the design process. With a strong requirements core everything else falls easily into place.
Cockpit’s import functions allow teams to easily import existing data from virtually anywhere. Word or Excel documents? Have your requirements in another tool? Not a problem. Cockpit provides Word, Excel, XML, and REST methods of data import to make the transition seamless.
Cockpit provides out-of-the-box mechanisms for integrating simple and complex calculations into the requirements process. Use Matlab or Excel to create complex Transfer Functions to calculate design values or use simple A + B calculations; the Platform supports both methods.
Cockpit provides numerous scorecards to view the current status of requirements or breakdowns of requirements. Out-of-the-box methods for analyzing marginal and statistical variation include Cpk, Z Score, PNC, and DMPO. Set your own threshold scores for each method to match your company’s SOPs.
Flowup and Flowdown
Flowup or flowdown requirements in simple tables built specially for your needs. Trace downstream to lower level requirements or to other items such as risks and tests. Or trace upstream to see parent requirements and the originating voice of the customer. Traces are completely configurable throughout the entire platform.
Not everyone involved in your design and development process can be a risk expert, but everyone will suffer if you fail to manage risk. Cockpit demystifies risk management by integrating risk elements with your end-to-end work process and providing configurable structured worksheet formats based on traditional risk management approaches like FMEA, FTA, Hazard Analysis, etc. The templates are straight out of the guidebooks and can be configured to match the unique QA, regulatory, and product needs of your business.
Zero Integration Necessary
Risks, requirements, and validation and verification tests are all handled in one system; no module integration necessary to reach your product development goals.
Following Industry Standards
Cockpit offers default formats for FMEA Tables, FTA, Hazard Analysis, etc. The templates are straight out of the standards guidebooks, so you don’t miss anything.
As you go, the system is building a complete library of failure modes for each component, which is used throughout your additional work.
Severity levels, Probability levels, and Detection levels are defined by you to match your internal standards.
Rich capabilities spanning Verification and Validation plans, requirement test traces, test submission workflow, and detailed test design and execution tracking help you drive the standardization and consistency that are key to confidence and success in your design. Cockpit supports full test protocols including setup instructions, execution steps, and expected results.
Link to External Test Tools
The Cockpit Platform provides teams the ability to link to external test result tools and databases. Store test protocols and results in Cockpit or connect to the external test systems. Results can be embedded or simply linked in.
Complete Test Protocols
The Cockpit Platform allows teams to create entire test protocols which can be linked back to the requirements they are testing. Step-libraries are automatically generated during the writing phase, permitting simple re-use of common steps (e.g., “Log in”).
Define multiple execution milestones for tests in any protocol, such as “Stage 1”, “Stage 2”, “Product Release”, etc. All text written can be general or milestone-specific. Reuse/toggle the document to correspond to the current milestone. Control all milestone testing through Cockpit’s built-in workflow.
Centrally Located Results
Cockpit captures results from every test execution run. If a test will verify more than one requirement, the results for each are captured and presented clearly, without restriction. This information is then reported showing test completeness for any phase of development.
Engineers spend many hours in meetings. We at Cognition see this everyday. Managing minutes and tracking deliverables or action items is important. It can be difficult to realize the benefits of these activities when they are not integrated with the data, people, and related work.
Meeting generation is simple with the Cockpit Platform. Meetings are organized in a hierarchical structure. Cockpit will automatically email all meeting attendees. Agenda preparation and action item management are also supported.
Action Item and Issue Tracking
Easily review action items from current and past meetings. Group action items to make it easier to talk about the ones that are most critical. As items are addressed during the meeting, status changes can be made from within the meeting.
Progress updates can be structured on a person-by-person basis. Regular notifications alert teams of open action items so nothing slips through the cracks.
Work Breakdown Structure
WBS management is another Cockpit-supported method of managing your project execution, including milestones, deliverables, entry/exit questions, etc.
VOICE OF THE CUSTOMER MANAGEMENT
Load key customer and consumer requirements into Cockpit with full traceability to source information. Maintain maximum traceability from qualitative front-end interviews and surveys to the design of actionable requirements that drive rigorous performance and analytical testing. Cockpit has structures capabilities such as Affinity diagrams to manage interview guides, sticky-grouping exercises, and Voice of the Customer rankings that connect critical front-end knowledge to the detailed design and qualification process that follows. Slide, group, and weigh your consumer knowledge to drive out insights that will serve as the traceable foundation for the design.
The Cockpit Platform’s affinity grouping tool is an electronic rendition of Sticky Notes. Within Cockpit, teams can create note groupings and drag them around to perform comprehensive KJ analysis.
Use Microsoft Word to complete all surveys for input into Cockpit. Customize as many templates as necessary to compile customer inputs from various perspectives. These templates are imported into Cockpit to store and manage the responses.
House of Quality/QFD
The built-in House of Quality (HOQ)/QFD allow you to make decisions based on what your consumers want and need. First and second level (and any other) HOQ are available for allocation at all levels.
Export from Cockpit
Easily export reports on customer inputs for regulatory submissions. The Cockpit Platform provides one-click export capabilities to take documents out of Cockpit and into shareable formats such as PDF, Excel, and Word.