@LevitonDave - One of the best things that our LaserJet lab did to get sw involved early in hw/system design was to make it part of the checkpoint checklist. Having it on the checklist required buy-in by hw and sw management, which they then pushed down to their engineers to do the collaboration. One of the checklist items was that sw engineers had to read and aprove the hw specification before hw could leave that design phase.
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