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  • Automotive SPICE

    Automotive SPICE® – WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?

    Automotive SPICE® is an established framework used in the development of control units. It helps improve and assess processes. This industry standard was developed for software assessments in 2005 based on ISO 3300x and has been adapted to the requirements of the automotive sector. Automotive SPICE® is also used in other areas of industry such as the development of construction machines, tools and refrigerators.

    The Automotive SPICE® model comprises a structured collection of best practice examples from vehicle development.

      Automotive suppliers are given support to

      • Raise the standards of their systems
      • Establish processes
      • Manage schedule pressures
      • Cope with the increasing complexity of systems
      • Deal with changes requested by customers

      THE REFERENCE MODEL COMPRISES

      A PROCESS reference MODEL

      Automotive SPICE® makes it possible to monitor and systematically enhance development processes in the software-based development of automotive electronics.

      A PROCESS ASSESSMENT MODEL

      By using Automotive SPICE®, companies can also assess their own processes or the processes of their suppliers. These assessments can then be compared to the model.

      100+ CUSTOMERS

      Over 100 corporate customers on four continents bank on our experience.

      Automotive SPICE®? We’re the experts!

      50 ASSESSORS

      We currently have 48 intacs™-certified assessors. These include ten instructors on Provisional and Competent Level.

      Automotive SPICE®? We’re the experts!

      SINCE 2005

      As a peer reviewer, we have been continually involved in the process of designing standards since 2005. We also co-authored plug-ins for mechanical engineering and hardware engineering with intacs™.

      Automotive SPICE®? We’re the experts!

      SPECIALIST MANUALS – ABSOLUTE CLASSICS

      We have written multiple editions of »Automotive SPICE® in Practice«, already an industry classic.

      Automotive SPICE®? We’re the experts!

      200+ YEARS

      Benefit from over 200 people-years of cumulative project experience, often involving improvement programmes lasting several years.

      Automotive SPICE®? We’re the experts!

      1000+ ASSESSORS

      We have now trained more than 1000 assessors according to intacs™ guidelines.

      Automotive SPICE®? We’re the experts!

      200+ ASSESSMENTS

      We have conducted over 200 assessments since 2007, on both a project and an organisational level. That is equivalent to 10,000 assessment-hours.

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      SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT IN KEEPING WITH VDA SCOPE

      The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has laid down sixteen key processes going by the name VDA Scope. The starting point for VDA Scope is software-based systems development. Apart from addressing development processes, it also deals with management and support processes such as procurement and project management.

      To make the most of Automotive SPICE® applied to the development of mechatronic systems, it is designed to be used as a plug-in model. As a result, development processes dealing with other disciplines of engineering can also be added. The experts at Kugler Maag Cie were closely involved in the development of this plug-in.

      Image   Automotive SPICE as part of VDA Scope

      Mechanical development

      Hardware development

      THE KEY PROCESSES OF VDA SCOPE

      ACQ.3
      Contract Agreement
      Circle
      ACQ.4
      Supplier Monitoring
      Circle
      ACQ.11
      Technical Requirements
      Circle
      ACQ.12
      Legal and Administrative Requirements
      Circle
      ACQ.13
      Project Requirements
      Circle
      ACQ.14
      Request for Proposals
      Circle
      ACQ.15
      Supplier Qualification
      Circle
      VDA Scope
      Nicht not included
      Standard Scope Standard Scope
      Extended Scope Extended Scope
      SPL.1
      Supplier Tendering
      Circle
      SPL.2
      Product Release
      Circle
      VDA Scope
      Nicht not included
      Standard Scope Standard Scope
      Extended Scope Extended Scope
      SUP.1
      Quality Assurance
      Circle
      SUP.2
      Verification
      Circle
      SUP.4
      Joint Review
      Circle
      SUP.7
      Documentation
      Circle
      SUP.8
      Configuration Management
      Circle
      SUP.9
      Problem Resolution Management
      Circle
      SUP.10
      Change Request Management
      Circle
      VDA Scope
      Nicht not included
      Standard Scope Standard Scope
      Extended Scope Extended Scope
      SYS.1
      Requirements Elicitation
      Circle
      SYS.2
      System Requirements Analysis
      Circle
      SYS.3
      System Architectural Design
      Circle
      SYS.4
      System Integration and Integration Test
      Circle
      SYS.5
      System Qualification Test
      Circle
      VDA Scope
      Nicht not included
      Standard Scope Standard Scope
      Extended Scope Extended Scope
      SWE.1
      Software Requirements Analysis
      Circle
      SWE.2
      Software Architectural Design
      Circle
      SWE.3
      Software Detailed Design and Unit Construction
      Circle
      SWE.4
      Software Unit Verification
      Circle
      SWE.5
      Software Integration and Integration Test
      Circle
      SWE.6
      Software Qualification Test
      Circle
      VDA Scope
      Nicht not included
      Standard Scope Standard Scope
      Extended Scope Extended Scope
      MAN.3
      Project Management
      Circle
      MAN.5
      Risk Management
      Circle
      MAN.6
      Measurement
      Circle
      VDA Scope
      Nicht not included
      Standard Scope Standard Scope
      Extended Scope Extended Scope
      PIM.3
      Process Improvement
      Circle
      VDA Scope
      Nicht not included
      Standard Scope Standard Scope
      Extended Scope Extended Scope
      REU.2
      Reuse Program Management
      Circle
      VDA Scope
      Nicht not included
      Standard Scope Standard Scope
      Extended Scope Extended Scope

      PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS WITH AUTOMOTIVE SPICE®

      If a sequence of tasks is adhered to or a corresponding process becomes part and parcel of everyday project practice, this can be measured. To do this, Automotive SPICE® uses ‘levels’, which describe the achieved capability level of a process. All processes can be placed on a level, ranging from zero to five. To reach a certain level, the required elements of the Automotive SPICE® model have to be implemented appropriately.

      ASSESSMENTS ARE USED TO EVALUATE CAPABILITIES

      Numerous automotive companies use Automotive SPICE® to assess their suppliers and judge risk. Their suppliers have to confirm that they have ticked certain boxes – or achieved certain ‘process maturity’ in relevant areas. The assessment checks whether a company’s processes have reached the desired level. It also examines strengths and weaknesses and makes recommendations regarding potential improvements. Assessments are only recognised by the automotive industry if they have been carried out by specialists. To train these specialists, the VDA employs a system called intacs™.

      intacsTM

      We are a founding member of intacs™ (the International Assessor Certification Scheme). The intacs™ initiative dovetails with Automotive SPICE® to safeguard common standards laid down by the German automotive industry for the training and certification of assessors.

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      Apart from using the right procedures, companies often also need to undergo a cultural change before they rise to the required level. But improving anything takes time. For example, it generally takes between three and five years to implement the measures required to enshrine Level 3 principles within a larger development unit and ensure they are sustainable.

      ORGANISATIONAL MATURITY AND AUTOMOTIVE SPICE®

      As well as looking at the maturity levels of individual processes, it is also possible to determine the maturity of an entire company. The metric used here is called an Organisational Maturity Level (OML). Until now, more time and effort has gone into assessing projects than entire organisations. To optimise the workload associated with assessments, there is now growing interest in organisational maturity assessments.

      LOOKING AT ENTIRE COMPANIES

      Classic supplier evaluations tend to revolve around individual projects, unlike broader organisational assessments which extend the scope of an assessment to the overall company and the majority of its projects. This is because ultimately, it is organisations that allow people working on a project to use processes for a specific reason.

      Image   Organisational maturity levels (OMLs)

      Organisational assessments always evaluate the abilities and maturity of a company with regard to achieving quality standards in a systematic and structured manner. This approach to assessing firms is based on ISO/IEC 15504-7, the standard that defines the concept underlying the organisational maturity model. Each OML corresponds to certain processes. To carry out an assessment, several examples of processes are examined.

      ROBERT BOSCH INDIA ACHIEVES MATURITY LEVEL 3

      More on the organisational maturity assessment conducted at Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Ltd. (RBEI) in Bangalore: the first major automotive supplier achieved maturity level 3 for the overall organisation.

      LITERATURE AND PRACTICAL SUPPORT

      Automotive SPICE® in Practice: This guide on improving processes and conducting assessments according to Automotive SPICE® is a standard work for helping users and assessors interpret the model. The manual was drafted by two experts at Kugler Maag Cie, Markus Müller and Dr Klaus Hörmann, with the support of Jörg Zimmer and Lars Dittmann. A further short guide has been written by Bhaskar Vanamali and Dr Klaus Hörmann: Automotive SPICE® essentials at a glance.

      Our aim with these publications is to provide you with practical support in using Automotive SPICE® in everyday situations. There is also a poster that provides a useful overview as well as a pocket guide that can be used for quick access to all key information.

      AUTOMOTIVE SPICE® IN PRACTICE

      A standard work on using Automotive SPICE® in practice – the second edition of this handy guide for users and assessors on interpreting Automotive SPICE®. This book has been thoroughly revised based on the new Version 3 of Automotive SPICE®.

      In introducing and implementing Automotive SPICE®, it is important to develop solutions in keeping with any specific circumstances that may affect a project or the situation faced by the company as a whole. This specialist manual equips you with an understanding of how to use the standard to solve a specific task. Used as an interpretation guide, it enables you to improve procedures effectively in keeping with Automotive SPICE® standards.

      It also provides you with uniform assessment benchmarks. The structure of the manual corresponds to the structure of the standard.

      The 2nd edition was updated in line with Automotive SPICE® v3.0. The picture is completed by looking at current topics such as practical assessments in keeping with intacs™ and VDA requirements, the challenges of process improvements, and AGILE DEVELOPMENT and FUNCTIONAL SAFETY ACCORDING TO ISO 26262.

      • 2nd revised and expanded edition
      • Publisher: dpunkt
      • 350 pages with numerous colour charts
      • Hardback edition
      • German

      Automotive SPICE® Essentials

      Process improvements made easy: part of our essentials series, this concise guide provides you with a quick overview of the requirements laid down by Automotive SPICE®. As well as describing what you can expect to happen during an assessment, it also shows how the reference model relates to other standards and models, using examples such as FUNCTIONAL SAFETY (ISO 26262) and AGILE METHODS like Scrum and Kanban.

      The first chapter explains the underlying idea behind Automotive SPICE® with an introduction to the model and a discussion of commercial issues. The second chapter looks at the structure and subject matter of the model. As experienced assessors and practitioners, not only do the authors explain the structure behind the model and how these relate to each other, they also provide practical tips.

      Chapter three then goes into key processes in detail. The authors outline the core processes that are relevant to automotive companies and their suppliers. They also provide a number of insights into the issues that arise when using Automotive SPICE®, many of which are based on over a decade of personal experience with the model. The fourth chapter focuses on assessments and their use in systematically evaluating the process quality of organisations. The authors explain the approach used, key roles and any preparations that should be made before a typical assessment.

      In the final chapter, the authors examine how Automotive SPICE® can be integrated into other models and approaches, such as functional safety according to ISO 26262 and agile methods and practices.

      This book provides you with an overview of all key facts, thus allowing you to make an informed decision on whether Automotive SPICE® could make effective improvements to processes used at your company. 

      OVERVIEW

      • Automotive SPICE® – key facts at a glance: the underlying concept, application, financial benefits, introducing Automotive SPICE®
      • The structures of the Automotive SPICE® v3.1 process assessment model and topics covered
      • Automotive SPICE® processes (VDA Scope)   
      • Assessments   
      • Similarities to other models/approaches

      This essential guide is available in English.

      THE ORIGINAL AUTOMOTIVE SPICE® POCKET GUIDE

      Handy in every pocket: the Automotive SPICE® Pocket Guide contains all key components of Automotive SPICE® in a practical, compact format. As well as covering VDA Scope, it also contains other processes considered important for everyday use with OEM assessments. For each process, it looks at the purpose, outcomes, output work products, base practices with notes, and generic practices from Level 1 to 3 – with the aim of providing the most compact overview possible. This makes the Automotive SPICE® Pocket Guide an indispensable tool not just in everyday situations at work, but also during assessments.

      • 106 pages
      • Ring-bound
      • Practical tabs
      • This pocket guide is available in English.

      Click here to download the original Automotive SPICE® pocket guide as a PDF.

      This guide is also available as a spiral-bound hard copy, complete with index punches, in the web shop.

      AUTOMOTIVE SPICE® AND THE AGILE POCKET GUIDE

      Part of the Agile in Automotive series, Automotive SPICE® and Agile provides you with useful support if you would like to apply agile methods to electronics development.

      Drawing on pertinent processes, the pocket guide explains how to use agile development methods and practices in accordance with Automotive SPICE®

      • 120 pages
      • Ring-bound
      • This pocket guide is available in English.

      AUTOMOTIVE SPICE® POSTER

      This poster shows the structure behind Automotive SPICE® v3 in the extended VDA Scope.

      • Process areas and processes including base practices
      • Generic practices (Level 1 - 3)
      • Automotive SPICE® as a basis for functional safety (ISO 26262)
      • Traceability using the V-model
      • Capability Level

      Go to the website to order a hard copy of the poster.

      To download the poster as a PDF instead, click here.

      WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU

      Need support with a key project? We’re your first port of call when it comes to management consulting and improvement programmes in electronics development.

      Steffen Herrmann and the sales team

      WE CAN SUPPORT YOU WITH…

      • Achieving the required maturity levels within your key processes in development
      • Systematically improving existing workflows and methods
      • Evaluating the status of your process improvements through formal assessments and gap analysis
      • Fulfilling the requirements of Automotive SPICE® in harmony with SECURITY, FUNCTIONAL SAFETY and AGILE METHODS
      • Training your staff and assessors