what worked best for me was h/w, s/w, f/w and mech design, done almost in the same time and in house. it was fast and efficient. but before that, everybody knew what to do in big detail. additional meetings for sync or on the fly small changes helped a lot. but not everywhere can be done this way. you really need to have a very good and complex team for that.
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