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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)

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Manifesto of Software Process Improvement

In September 2009 a group of experts in Software Pro-cess Improvement (SPI) from all over the world gathered in connection with the EuroSPI Conference for a workshop at Universidad de Alcalá in Spain.

EuroSPI's mission is to develop an experience and knowledge exchange platform for Europe where SPI practices can be discussed and exchanged and knowledge can be gathered and shared.

At the workshop 15 experts presented their ‘wisdom’ grounded in many years of process improvement experience. Based on the presentations, 30 workshop participants brainstormed core values and principles specifically for process improvement. Via affinity analysis and group thinking exercises we ended up with a manifesto for SPI.

At the end of the workshop 4 values and 14 principles were identified. Among the group of participants, authoring responsibilities were distributed on a voluntary basis backed by personal justification. Some values and principles were focused on by more then one volunteer.

Find the complete document attached:

document  SPI Manifesto eurospi.net ( 2010-02-03 11:11:26)

Updated version of the Provisional 2010 syllabus uploaded

Dear community members,

please note that we have uploaded an updated version of the Provisional syllabus that will become valid in 2010. Please find the new document  "Syllabus Provisional Assessor - full document v2.1" on the download area. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank all readers who have notified us about the need of change.

New Questionaire

A new questionaire about the ISO/IEC15504 revision is now published on intacs.info. Go to the bottom of the page and vote !

intacs is the leading certification scheme

SPICE DAYS Information

intacs has established itself as the leading scheme in the spice world. No other scheme has by far such a level of industry acceptance as well as the number of certified assessors.

During the Spice Days 2009 Peter Bölter, president of intacs e.V. announced, that intRSA has allmost dropped their buisiness and has no visibility in the market anymore. Former intrsa assessors are invited to sign off their program and get certified in the intacs scheme. This backdoor will be left open until June 2010. Holders of third party certificates are invited to proof their competence to intacs and join the scheme as well.

This step was taken by intacs to give a clear signal to the market of the reliability and continuity. As a not for profit organisation, the main goal of intacs is to supply needed services to the members and support the community in their assessment knowledge.