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Workshop Community: SPICE Assessors - Exchanging Experiences across Assessment Models


Assessors from different domains (aerospace, automotive, IT services, financial standards, improvability, etc.) meet and exchange experiences about how to implement. The idea is to think about cross-fertilizing the use of these models. The SPICE Assessor workshop takes place at the EuroSPI2 Conference, 27.6.2011, 9.00 - 17.00 at the Roskilde University, Denmark.

See  http://2011.eurospi.net

Form "Assessment Log" updated

Dear community members,

please note that due to the address change of the headquarters of the certification body VDA QMC (for Automotive SPICE) the Assessment Log form has been updated and uploaded as a new version 2.1

Please use this version for future assessment experience documentation.


new intacs Regional Representative appointed: Canada

Dear community members,

wer are happy to announce that Ms. Winifred Menezes has agreed to take the role as intacs Regional Representative for Canada. This means that she now acts as the "bidirectional" point of contact and interface for intacs, the certification bodies and teh Canadian community members. Below please find a short bib of Winifred.



Bib of Winifred Menezes:

Ms. Winifred Menezes started her professional life as a software developer and worked her way up to designer, systems analyst, project manager and process/methodology expert.  This background served her well when she worked with the Software CMM doing so called gap analysis and assessments using an organization proprietary method. She found that she had more credibility among software developers and their managers.

She started and led a country wide software process improvement initiative in a large industrial organization in Sweden. After a break working as a director at Research in Motion (makers of the BlackBerry) she returned to process improvement. Ms. Menezes is now a certified high maturity lead appraiser as well as a certified instructor and lead appraiser for all 3 CMMI constellations.

Since 2006, she has led over 10 SCAMPI As and Bs, some of which have used the continuous representation of the model, and participated as a team member in several others. These assessments have been conducted in various industrial sectors: telecommunications, finance, IT, defence, government, automotive and electrical engineering, among others, in Europe, Asia and the North America, so Winifred is used to working with different cultures.
Her growing experiences with Automotive SPICE and and participation in the Enterprise SPICE initiative led her to becoming an intacs Competent Assessor and was welcomed as the Canadian intacs Regional Representative by the intacs advisory and executive boards.

Upcoming intacs general Meeting 2010

The General Meeting of intacs e.V. will be held on Monday, June 21st, in conjunction with the International SPICE days in Stuttgart. Peter Bölter, president of intacs, and the advisory board working parties will report on the last year's activities,  achievements, and progress of the scheme in the world. These will include:

    • New Provisional and Competent course materials, standardized by most of the leading German training providers
    • International availability of these courses and exams in German, English, Japanese and Corean.
    • Availability of domain specific courses for all qualifications
    • New models and directions

      Peter Bölter invites all intacs members and guests to the intacs general meeting and is looking forward to meeting up with you there.

      International SPICE: Program online!



      21 – 23 June 2010
      Haus der Wirtschaft Baden-Württemberg
      Willi-Bleicher-Str. 19
      70174 Stuttgart


      This year’s International SPICE Days will bring into focus practical experiences including


      -         how to practically reach higher process maturity

      -         how to relate to product safety

      -         domain-specific experiences, e.g. medical devices, automotive

      -         new SPICE process assessment models in use, e.g. pure testing, security

      -         exploiting agile approaches


      As an assessor you will receive EE4 (as a speaker) or EE3 (as a listener).


      Open for all industrial sectors the International SPICE Days serve as an information exchange platform for users. Among other international highlights, Tatsuya Kaneko from Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA) will give a lecture on “Improvement oriented SPICE assessment by trilateral team”. Also don’t miss Venkatesh Prasad’s (Ford, USA) lecture on “Enabling customers to live with the electronic car – An engineering approach”.

      Three years ago the first International SPICE Days started out successfully with more than one hundred participants. Since then, the conference became firmly established in the process improvement landscape attracting more than 200 participants in 2008 and 2009. This inspiring exchange with exponents from various branches as well as academia has resulted into fruitful cross-sector business partnerships over the last three years.

      Are you interested in improving your business processes on a higher level? Your are welcome to be a part of the SPICE Days 2010 and the community. Benefit from the xperience of the participants and express your own insights.



      International Software Quality Institute (iSQI GmbH)


      Kerstin Seidel

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      Trustworthy Assessment : Validation of Assessment Result by intacs(TM)

      “State of the Art Standards” are invaluable in enhancing industry performance to new minimum thresholds. These standards guard quality, performance, and in many cases assist in assuring product reliability. Maintaining the effectiveness of a good standard requires commitment and unbiased reliable verification. intacs™, besides its commitment towards maintaining high standard of assessors’ knowledge & skill, it can validate the assessment services independently and provide accurate information & certain confidence level in assessment result.

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