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iNTACS textbook Automotive SPICE in Practice is available now

Surviving Interpretation and Assessment

Klaus Hoermann, Markus Mueller, Lars Dittmann, Joerg Zimmer

ISBN: 978-1-933952-29-1



Automotive SPICE is a framework for designing and assessing software development processes. If implemented effectively, it leads to better processes and better product quality.

It also helps to improve the cooperation among complex supply chains and between globally distributed development and engineering centers. Automotive SPICE has been derived from the ISO/IEC 15504 standard, also known as SPICE. It has been developed under the Automotive SPICE initiative by the consensus of several major car manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Ford, Fiat, Daimler, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Today, Automotive SPICE has become a standard in the international automotive industry.

This iNTACS textbook with greetings of Alec Dorling is written as a guide to help the reader understand and interpret the requirements of this standard and to implement Automotive SPICE in a real world application environment. It is written for engineers, practitioners, managers, and project managers who need practical guidance in applying or implementing the Automotive SPICE framework in his/her company.

Weiterlesen: iNTACS textbook Automotive SPICE in Practice is available now

Analysis of Automotive SPICE PAM V2.4 changes

Analysis of changes of Automotive SPICE PAM V2.4 versus PAM V2.3

Overall the intention of this release is to correct editorial mistakes and clarify some interpretations of the base practices and has a very low impact on the interpretation of the standard. The working group responsible for Automotive SPICE (AutoSIG) will decide on some major changes in October 2008. An additional release is planned for 2009.

  1. Approximately 200 editorial changes like 'Commas, Spelling, Grammar, Wording' - Significance for implementation: None
  2. Better mapping of Base Practices and Output Work Products (13 links added, 1 link removed, 1 additional note) - Significance: low, relevance for experts
  3. Minor Changes:
    a) Elimination of Output Work Product 'Process Performance Report' under ACQ 15 Supplier Qualification - Significance: Low, since implicitly required by level 2 requirements
    b) Note which clarifies the intention of SUP.9 Problem Resolution Management (Process Improvement activities to prevent problems are performed in PIM.3) - Significance: low, Identification of Change Requests remains part of Sup 9 Problem Resolution Management
  4. A significant change seems to be the explicit mentioning of the 'Mechanical' domain in ENG 9 System Integration Test. While implicitly required before, this change could mean that more attention will be placed on requiring representative from the mechanical domain when ENG. 9 topics are being audited.

See also a detailed presentation of changes in the download section

International SPICE Days 23rd-25th June 2008, Prague

Over 130 highly satisfied participants took part in the International Software Quality Institute’s International SPICE Days from 23rd to 25th June in the capital of The Czech Republic, Prague. ‘I would like to congratulate you on a successful event’ and other such participant feedback was given to the organiser, iSQI.

Weiterlesen: International SPICE Days 23rd-25th June 2008, Prague

intacs General Meeting on 23rd June 2008 in Prague

intacs General Meeting 2008Running parallel to the SPICE Days 2008 tutorials was this year’s intacs General Meeting. The 16 intacs members and their guests took part. The intacs Boards und Working Groups reported on the activities and progress of the last 12 months. For instance, that the intacs scheme has been successfully established in Japan and in the USA. For the first time, both intacs certification bodies, iSQI and VDA-QMC, released statistics on the number of registered assessors and exams carried out. The Meeting Minutes will available soon in the download area of www.intacs.info.


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New Automotive SPICE PAM/PRM released

Revised Automotive SPICE Version

It has been announced, that a revised version of this model has been released. Only minor changes were applied. intacs will give guidance of the impact after analysis.

The new version is distributed according to the copyright regulations for registered users of intacs.info. Visit the Downloads/Validated Models link (registered users only).

Automotive SPICE© is a regsitered trademark of Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V (VDA).

Weiterlesen: New Automotive SPICE PAM/PRM released

International SPICE Days 2009


The International Spice Days 2009 were held in Stuttgart from June, 22nd to 24th with great success and with more then 190 conference participants! Conference Chair in 2009 was Hans-Jürgen Kugler, Adjunct Professor at the University of Limerick, Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre: “This year’s conference is proved that SPICE is effective in application. Globalization, specialization in application domains and industrialization are keywords that mark the rapid development in the field of software-based systems. Will SPICE be able to keep up this pace and help the users transform the threats and risks of this development into solutions?" During conference this question was discussed intensive and then clearly answered with „Yes it can"! 

Interested participants and exhibitors for International SPICE Days 2010 can contact Ms Kerstin Seidel (Tel: +49 9131 91910-13, email: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!).

Further information can also be found at the Home Page of the SPICE Days