Workshop: 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 10.9.2020

Workshop - Good and Bad SPI Practices
08.00 - 08.40
08.40 - 09.00
Opening by University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, EuroSPI and ECQA, Prof. Niemann
09.00 - 09.45
Key Note 2: How to Educate the Cloud?, Sara Schmitz,Netsuite, Germany Chair: Gabriele Sauberer
10.00 - 11.00
Expanding the Tactical Level in ISO/IEC 33014 to Deal with a Broader Set of Change Initiatives
Peter H. Carstensen, University of Copenhagen,  and Otto Vinter, Roskilde University, Denmark
A Cognitive map of Maturity: Symptom-based improvement recommendations
Jan Pries-Jeje, Roskilde University, Denmark, Jorn Johansen, Whitebox, Denmark
11.00 - 11.30
Coffee Break
11.30 - 12.30
Enough Assessment Guidance, it’s Time for Improvement – A Need for Extending the VDA Guidelines 
Thomas Wegner, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Germany, Richard Messnarz, Damjan Ekert, Bernhardt Steger,  ISCN GesmbH, Austria, Ralf Mayer, BOSCH Engineering GmbH, Germany, Rainer Dreves, Continental Automotive, Germany, Bernhard Sechser, Process Fellows, Germany
Questions from Audience
12.30 - 14.00
Lunch Break
14.00 - 14.45
Key Note 3: EU Blueprint and Skills Alliance for Future Battery Systems Developments (E-Mobility), EU Blueprint ALLBAT, Sweden,  Chair: Jakub Stolfa
14.45 - 15.30
Key Note 4: A view about Life Cycle Management and New Technologies (e.g. Eye Tracking) in Automotive Production, Prof. Jörg Niemann, University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, Germany
15.30 - 16.00
Coffee Break
16.00 - 18.00
The Kanban Maturity Model in the context of common PI Models
Tomas Schweigert, Expleo Technology Germany GmbH, Germany, Serkan Bilecen, Halime Eda Bitlisli Erdivan, Turkish Standards Institution, Turkey
Derivation of SPI Manifesto Principle Example from an SPI Story
So Norimatsu, Noriko Wada, Japan Software Process Improvement Consortium (JASPIC), Japan
Best practices for software maturity improvement: a GEANT case study
Bartosz Walter, PSNC, Poland, Branko Marovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia, Ivan Garnizov, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, Marcin Wolski, PSNC, Poland, and Andrijana Todosijevic, AMRES, Serbia
Buses take the delegates from the university to the Dusseldorf City Center
18.45 - 20.00
Guided City Tour - Learn about the City of Dusseldorf at the Rhein River

Workshop Program 11.9.2020

Workshop - Good and Bad SPI Practices
08.00 - 09.00
09.00 - 11.00
SPI Manifesto Workshop
Principles and Values stay, the SPI best practice examples will be linked (building a library of linked case studies)
11.00 - 11.15
Coffee Break
11.15 - 12.00
Key Note 5:  Clean SPICE processes and agile methods are the key to modern automotive software engineering, Steffen Seidt, Electronics Development Manager at Marelli Automotive Lighting, Germany
12.00 - 13.15
Lunch Break
13.15 - 15.15
SPI Manifesto Workshop
Principles and Values stay, the SPI best practice examples will be linked (building a library of linked case studies)
15.30 - 16.00
Rory O Connor paper Award and Best paper Award together with the ASQ and Outlook to 2021 in Krems, Austria.

How do I submit my paper?


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 guideMore...

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

10.04.2020 First Thematic Paper Submission
30.04.2020 Review by International Programme Committee and Notification of Acceptance
05.06.2020 Camera Ready Version of Paper for Book
07.08.2020 (now 14.08.2020) Early Registration Deadline (All presenters must register, otherwise the contribution is deselected)
28.08.2020 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.

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.