Workshop 4 - Good and Bad SPI Practices


Eva Breske
BOSCH Engineering GmbH, Germany

Thomas Schweigert
Expleo Group, Germany
Definition of SPI

SPI originally was called Software Process Improvement. Then the term was extended to System, Software, Service Improvement and Innovation. Meanwhile systems like cars, planes, medical devices get into the cloud and we could add the term Security for S and the term Infrastructure for I. Whatever change we make the main understanding stays the same, we need to improve the processes, services and products continuously. We still develop a large number of assessment models, but what happens after the assessment? Many improvement projects fail, get delayed. Improvement projects taken often years, an assessment is just a kick off and takes days. For the success it is therefore critical to exchange good and bad practices about what worked in SPI and what not. SPI is a term which is currently being extended to fit the scope of current industry needs.

From 2018 onwards all submitted papers in the enture book with reference the SPI manifesto or suggest extensions to the existing SPI manifesto. These new inputs will be considered in this workshop.

Workshop Program 19.9.2019

Workshop 4 - Good and Bad SPI Practices
07.30 - 08.40
08.40 - 09.00
Opening by LORIT, EuroSPI and ECQA
09.00 - 09.45
Key Note: We need lots of imagination to solve some of the big problems facing mankind, Prof. Hermann Maurer, Graz University of Technology, Austria
10.00 - 11.00
Historical Significance and Suggestions on Future Works of Software process Improvement in Japan
Kenji ADACHI, Yuko ITO, Hideto OGASAWARA, Takumi KUSANAGI, Keiji KOBATA, Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers / Software Quality Profession (JUSE/SQiP), Japan
Dicussions about SPI Future
This paper shall lead to discussions about where SPI has its future
11.00 - 11.30
Coffee Break
11.30 - 12.30
Why do organizations focus on assessments instead of their process improvement objectives?
Maria Eckey, Method Park Consulting GmbH, Germany, Christian Greiner, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany, Thomas Peisl, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany
The SAP Activate Method and corresponding SPICE Models
Ansgar Scheck, Scheckwerk, Germany, Gerhard Siemens, Tomas Schweigert and Vinay Nair, Expleo AG, Germany
12.30 - 14.00
Lunch Break
14.00 - 14.45
Key Note: Functional Safety in Highly Autonomous Vehicles - Microcontroller Perspectives, Mat-Blazy Winning, Functional Safety Director, Austin, TX, USA
15.30 - 16.00
Coffee Break
16.00 - 18.00
Interactive Workshop
Future of SPI - What parts of the SPI Manifesto need Rework?
At EuroSPI 2009 the SPI Manifesto has been created and published. In the workshop the attendees review the manifesto and come up with a list of suggestions to update it. Participants can register to become member of a team that works on next release of SPI Manifesto.
Buses take the delegates from the university to the Caves.
18.45 - 20.00
Guided City Tour - Learn about the History of Edinburgh
20.00 - 24.00

Important Information

Thematic Paper Topics

  • Values and Principles of the SPI Manifesto
  • Organisational Best Practices
  • Experiences with Bad Practices
  • Experiences with the Volkswagen SQIL-SW Quality Improvement Leader Programme
  • Experiences with the ECQA Process Improvement Manager Qualification
  • Roll Out Strategies
  • New Values and Principles to be considered

Submission Dates

12.04.2019 First Thematic Paper Submission
10.05.2019 Review by International Programme Committee and Notification of Acceptance
21.06.2019 Camera Ready Version of Paper for Book
16.08.2019 Early Registration Deadline (All presenters must register, otherwise the contribution is deselected)
13.09.2019 Upload of Powerpoint Conference Presentation

SPRINGER Book Series

EuroAsiaSPI² is publishing an annual SPRINGER book and the EuroSPI books show a total of 150000 (one hunded fifty thousand) chapter downloads. The workshop papers will form a chapter for this thematic topic in the SPRINGER book.

How to submit

Please follow the following steps for submitting a paper:

  • Your thematic topic paper should comprise 10-12 pages.
  • Your paper has to be conform to the Springer CCIS format which is the same as the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) format (please see the author guidelines of Springer)
  • The paper has to be uploaded to the EuroAsiaSPI² conference website (see below).
  • Authors of accepted papers will be asked to write a final paper of 10 to maximum 12 pages and to prepare a 20 minutes PowerPoint presentation.
  • The final paper has to be uploaded to the EuroAsiaSPI² conference website again.
  • Papers shall reference the SPI Manifesto (find relationships to values and principles or propose new values and principles to be added).

Note: To publish the paper in the proceedings the authors have to sign a copyright form and at least one of the authors has to present the paper at the conference. The paper will be published in printed form and electronically and therefore we need all source files.

Please read first the author submission guide. More...

Also see "Thematic Paper Submission for one of the 10 workshop communities" for more information

Additional Information

Key Contributors

Key contributions to the Workshop will come from European initiatives which developed best practices for SPI. However, the workshop is open to include experts who are willing to share their best practices with the community. We invite experts from knowledge areas like

• Good practices / experiences with the implementation of improvement programs
• Bad practices / experiences (what not to do) with the implementation of improvement programs
• Standards / programs supporting improvement coaching concepts
• Areas where improvement is most difficult to manage and how to solve this
• Key success factors
• Metrics to be used for tracking improvement programs

to share, discuss, and publish their experiences with EuroAsiaSPI.
Still the good/bad practices library needs to grow and we must constantly learn and also update the concept of programs like SPI manager.

Interactive Workshop Approach

From 2018 onwards all submitted papers in the enture book with reference the SPI manifesto or suggest extensions to the existing SPI manifesto. These new inputs will be considered in this workshop.
An editorial board (Gabriele Sauberer, Paul Clarke, So Norimatsu) will analyse the SPI Manifeso inputs in the papers before the workshop and contribute this an an input to the workshop.
In the interactive workshop then an idea for an extension of the existing SPI Manifesto terminology is elaborated.
The idea is to continuously elaborate further the terminology underlying the SPI term.
See also the SPI Manifesto and SPI terminology strategy of EuroAsiaSPI².