SPICE Conference 2016, Dublin


The 16th International SPICE Conference (SPICE 2016) took place in Dublin, Ireland, 9-10 June 2016. Tanja and Michael from the Innovation Capability Center of the University of Bremen participated in this important annual meeting of the ISO/IEC 11504 & ISO/IEC 330xx community. IMG_3156The very international event attracted over 60 participants from all over the world. It is very clear that even in the age of agile and DevOps the relevance of process oriented quality management is sill of importance. The conference is a very good opportunity to meet the members of the huge SPICE User Group Family.

IMG_3150The keynote of the second day was presented by Jorn Johansen from Whitebox (Denmark). Jorn was giving insights to a study that was carried out in 2014: The “productAbility” Model is a way to assess the capability of organizations to develop new products from technological innovations. This model is again a good example how process models can help to improve the process quality on companies management level. Jorn pointed out, that it is important that quality management should be an  integral part of the thinking of companies top management level. Far to often quality goals are in conflict with other KPIs in an organization.


SPICE conference was a great opportunity to meet. Here Tanja and Michael are discussing about process reference models for the development and implementation of innovation strategies in the context of the new P2L2 INTERREG EUROPE Project. (Jorn Johansen, from Whitebox – middle; Prof. Antanas Mitasiunas, MitSoft – right, Tanja to the left).

Thanks to the host from Dublin City University. They did an excellent job and presented a well organized event – it was great to meet you all again. The SPICE conference 2017 will take place in Palma de Mallorca or in Vienna. The final decision on this will be communicated soon! See you next year :-).


Enjoying the sun at the conference social event at the famous Irisch Pub “Brazen Head”.

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.


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.


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