Do you already develop your processes according to Automotive SPICE and do your OEM partners require a certain maturity level within the scope of a development project? Then a consistent alignment of the processes according to Automotive SPICE is relevant for you.

What is Automotive SPICE?

In 2005, the Automotive Special Interest Group published the industry-specific standard Automotive SPICE®, derived from the new ISO 15504 International Standard (IS) for Software Process Assessments.

These standards, also known as SPICE - the abbreviation for Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination - represent an international agreement on the performance of assessments of business processes. These general assessment standards have been concretized for the automotive industry by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and standardized in the form of the Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE) variant. The assessment criteria defined in Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE) are used, among others, by the automotive manufacturers themselves and by supplier companies in this industry. For the improvement and assessment of processes in a company according to the Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE) criteria, a thorough understanding of the required standards is necessary, a task SynSpace has dedicated itself to.

Why is Automotive SPICE so important for the automotive industry?

The market requirements for environmental friendliness, safety, economic efficiency and user-friendliness demand innovations with increasing complexity at ever shorter intervals in the automotive industry. The associated shorter development times and increasing demands on reliability make it essential to improve development processes. By involving suppliers in component development, end-to-end process maturity is a decisive competitive factor.

Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE) Assessments

In preparation for an Automotive SPICE Assessment, information about the organization, the processes and the projects to be assessed is collected. The result is an assessment structure plan that is agreed with the project owner.

An Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE) assessment starts with a short briefing of all assessment participants by the sponsor and the assessment team leader. An essential part of the assessment is the collecting, recording and evaluating of objective evidence of the process implementation in the assessed project. For this purpose, interviews with the process executors take place, as well as preparatory, accompanying and post-processing document reviews. Only sufficiently complete and complementary evidence ensures the objective basis for a standard-compliant, verifiable and repeatable assessment of the process attributes from which the capability level of the individual processes is derived.

SynSpace has developed a special assessment tool with which the analyses are carried out directly on site. With the help of the tool, detailed result reports are prepared directly for the assessment participants in the form of a slide presentation. This report documents the capability levels of the processes. It is divided into two sections:

  • A presentation of the assessed project's process profile and cross-process strengths, weaknesses, and suggestions for improvement.
  • For each process, a separate assessment of process attributes and a process-specific description of strengths, weaknesses, and suggestions for improvement actions.

At the end of an assessment, a detailed assessment report including suggestions for improvement actions to be taken is produced.

Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE) Consulting

Have you identified weaknesses in your process landscape? Have you been shown improvement measures in your development project as part of an OEM assessment? Or would you like to train your quality assurance colleagues on Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE)? In these cases, it may make sense to choose an experienced partner who can either support your QA or provide you with competent advice on ASPICE improvement measures. Among other things, we support them with standard requirements of ASPICE processes, perform reviews, check if all relevant documents are processed accordingly and perform a knowledge transfer to the project participants of our customers, so that a substantial ASPICE competence build-up can take place.

Why should you engage SynSpace to perform an assessment or support your Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE) improvement project?

We are experts in evaluating development processes according to ASPICE with many years of experience in large development projects for OEMs and Tier 1 and 2 suppliers.

Synspace is part of the intacs working group, which is composed of Automotive SPICE experts from industry and academy.

Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE) Trainings

Together with its partners, SynSpace offers three different types of ASPICE trainings.

Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE) Basics Training

The goal of this training is to give participants an overview of the structure of the Automotive SPICE® standard and to make the basic benefits of processes in development transparent. Furthermore, they should be able to interpret the capability levels defined therein and the most important processes. After the seminar, the participants will know how the respective capability levels are evaluated and how an assessment for their evaluation is carried out.

Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE) Module Training

Individual module trainings are offered for the process elements of the VDA Scope. The goal of these trainings is that the participants know the individual process elements and the corresponding Base Practices (BPs) and, to some extent, Generic Practices (GPs), can overview them and classify them for their work process.

Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE) Provisional Assessor Training and Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE) Competent Assessor Training

The Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE) Provisional Assessor Training and Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE) Competent Assessor Training seminars prepare you for the exam to become an "intacs™ Automotive SPICE® Certified Provisional or intacs™ Automotive SPICE® Competent Assessor (Automotive SPICE® v3.1)". You will learn about the Automotive SPICE® v3.1 process assessment model, which is usually used in assessments in the automotive industry. Through numerous practical exercises and tips, you will learn how to deal with individual topics in assessments. Finally, you will be able to independently assess processes according to Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE) in your own company or at suppliers and optimize them based on this.

Ian Howgrave-Graham
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