I'm Jack Ganssle (bio) and I'm on a mission to help embedded developers produce better products faster. My newsletter, seminars and the 1300+ articles on this site all give better ways to build embedded products, while maximizing the fun of engineering hardware and firmware.
Free Newsletter - The Embedded MuseFree twice-a-month embedded systems newsletter, now in its 23rd year. No hype, just down-to-earth ideas about better ways to build embedded systems - both hardware and firmware. 42,000+ readers rely on it to keep up to date on embedded issues.
Expert WitnessFrom time to time I work as an expert witness, often on IP/patent issues and lately on quite a few personal transporter (think hoverboards) cases. This is a fascinating area, as one gets to dive deeply into the technology of some very cool products. Find more information here.
Want to reduce bugs? Meet deadlines? Bring Jack into your facility for the one-day Better Firmware Faster seminar. Over 5000 of your colleagues on six continents are now better developers as a result of this course. You'll learn how to estimate a schedule accurately, reduce bugs by an order of magnitude, manage reuse, build predictable real-time code, better ways to deal with uniquely embedded problems like reentrancy, heaps, stacks and hardware drivers, and much more. It's fast-paced, packed with information you can use today, and a lot of fun.
Due to the pandemic we currently have no plans to do this seminar. Stay tuned for updates.
Software Process ImprovementI'm often asked to examine a company's firmware or hardware engineering processes. This generally involves a few days of my interviewing your team and examining the artifacts that guide your development efforts. I then generate a written report with suggested ways to improve your engineering efforts. The focus is on speeding product development and reducing shipped bugs. Email me with your needs.
Articles, Books and Tool ReviewsI have written over 1000 articles about embedded systems since 1988, as well as six books about embedded systems. Don't miss my reviews of about 70 other books on the subject.
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Last update: January 17, 2022