SPICE Conference 2015

IMG_1675The 15th International SPICE Conference (http://www.spiceconference.com) took place at the Conference Centre Wallenberg in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden in during 16-17June 2015 proceeded by a workshops and tutorials day on 15 June 2015. The conference was co-located with the 1st International Workshop on Software Process Education, Training and Professionalism, which took place on the 15 June 2015 (http://www.iwspetp.com).

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Alec Dorling is welcome the participants and is opening the Conference.

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Conference participants arriving after the coffee break

Dr. Michael Boronowsky from the Innovation Capability Center was attending this international event to meet colleagues from the software process community. It was also the family event of the ISO/IEC 15504 SPICE community, the international standard that is the base for the innoSPICE process reference model. During the conference several scientific publications were presented and three very interesting key note presentations were given. There were several trends in the different presentations, like “how to ensure process improvement after assessments”, “agile software development methods and the relation to ISO/IEC 15504”, “the new process reference model MDevSPICE for medical device software”, “process models for very small entities VSE” and the non-engineering oriented reference models like a improvement method for the Government domain. Generally it became clear that ISO/IEC 15504 (and 330xx) is still not at its end, it feels that the success story will continue. Around the keynote presentation of Anna Sandberg from Ericsson regarding he science-industry interface it became obvious that this topic has a strong interest in the SPICE community. This is a positive development as innoSPICE is focussing on the improvement organizational capability at the science-indusry interface and discussion showed that this area also has a increasing relevance for the community.

At the end Jorn Jonansen form Whitebox was summarizing the co-located 1st International Workshop on Software Process Education, Training and Professionalism – and introduced the development of an Manifesto in this area. This will be work for the SPICE community in the coming month – one of the important goal is to increase the awareness of software processes in education but also to professionalize the relation between management and developers etc.

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Conference dinner at the River Restaurant in Gothenborg – a great choice for a social event

It was a very nice event and the conference dinner was on a very high level and the mood of all participants was very positive. Gothenburg was presenting itself at least on the 1st and 2nd day from its best side – with beautiful wetter and getting close to midsummer. Only the 3rd conference day was a very very rainy day – “welcome to the real Gothenburg” i was told by the Taxi driver.

The next SPICE conference in 2016 will take place in Turkey – happy meeting you again!

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Gothenburg, close to mid summer -at the end of a long conference day

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About Michael

Michael Boronowsky is Managing Director of the Innovation Capability Center at the Center for Computing Technologies, University of Bremen (Germany). After his Diploma in Electrical Engineering at University of Applied Science in Aachen, Michael became leading development engineer in a measurement device company. During and after his study he was responsible to coordinate research cooperation and to integrate research results into the development of innovative products. He went back to university and studied Computer Science in Nijmegen (Netherlands) and received a Master in Computer Science in 1995. Since this time he is working at the University of Bremen in different roles. After he had finished his PhD he became managing director of the TZI. Throughout his career he was interested to be an actor within the science-industry interface and he became an international expert in the field of knowledge- and technology transfer. He is part of the team that has initiated the ISO/IEC 15504 based model innoSPICE. His interest is to establish standards in knowledge intense institutions, to support generation of efficiency gains in the field of innovation and to help investors and research institutions to optimize public funds to achieve economic added value.

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