Software process improvement leveraged in various application domains (editorial)

M. Biró, R. Messnarz, R. Colomo-Palcios. Software process improvement leveraged in various application domains (editorial). Journal of Software: Evolution and Process, Special Issue: Software process improvement leveraged in various application domains, volume 26, number 5, pages 465-467 DOI: 10.1002/smr.1612, 5, 2014.

  • Miklós Biró
  • Richard Messnarz
  • Ricardo Colomo-Palcios
JournalJournal of Software: Evolution and Process, Special Issue: Software process improvement leveraged in various application domains
Seiten465-467 DOI: 10.1002/smr.1612

The European System and Software Process Improvement and Innovation Initiative (EuroSPI2) was founded in 1994. EuroSPI2's mission is to develop an experience and knowledge exchange platform for Europe where SPI practices can be discussed and exchanged, and knowledge can be gathered and shared. This mission is implemented by the following major action lines (  

  • An annual EuroSPI2 conference supported by Software Process Improvement Networks from different European countries.
  • EuroSPI2 supported the establishment of a worldwide SPI Manifesto with SPI values and principles agreed among experts worldwide. We build clusters of experts and knowledge libraries for these values and principles.
  • Establishing an Internet-based knowledge library based on hundreds of experience reports has been contributed to EuroSPI2 since 1994.
  • Establishing a European Qualification Framework for a pool of professions related to SPI and management. This is supported by European certificates, examination systems, and online training platforms (European Certification and Qualification Association).
  • Establishing a worldwide newsletter with articles from key industry and key European research associations helping to implement the SPI Manifesto worldwide.

A typical characterization of EuroSPI was stated by a company using the following words: ‘… the biggest value of EuroSPI lies in its function as a European knowledge and experience exchange mechanism for SPI and innovation’.

EuroSPI22012 was held for the second time in Vienna, the capital of Austria.

In 2012, EuroSPI2 continued with the open workshop communities aligned with the conference and focusing on specific SPI topics. This included Creating Environments Supporting Innovation and Improvement, SPI and Product, System, Software Design, and SPICE Assessors: Exchanging Experiences Across Assessment Models, Business Process Innovation and Improvement, SPI and Measurement, and SPI in small-sized and medium-sized enterprises.

Also, at EuroSPI22012, we continued to extend the scope of the conference from software process improvement to systems, software and services process improvement.

Among the 26 countries represented at EuroSPI22012, the contributions were highly relevant for the European and worldwide industry also appearing in this special issue. The SPI Manifesto from 2009 created a future vision, the extension of SPI to the systems and product level led to the involvement of major European manufacturing firms, the building of workshop communities for specific topics created further networking opportunities, and the contributions included good practices about how to achieve that.

Systems, software and services process improvement is meanwhile a major learning and success factor worldwide for staying competitive on a global and dynamic developing world market.