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Automotive SPICE


Evaluate processes and improve with Automotive SPICE®

You have to deal with Automotive SPICE® requirements and need support? As Automotive SPICE® experts we will stand by you with competent and practical advice, and support during the implementation. Accompanying you all the way, from consultancy, preparation, and execution to staff training.

The latest version, Automotive SPICE® v3.1, has been released in November 2017. Compared to version 3.0 (2015), there are minor corrections of wording and references to the VDA Guidelines (Blue Gold Volume).

It was Kugler Maag Cie experts who adapted the SPICE standard ISO/IEC 15504 to the automotive industry. We are a VDA-QMC training partner, the Quality Center of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (Verband der Automobilindustrie). We are also a founding member of intacs™. Together we define requirements regarding the performance and acceptance of process assessments in the development of software-related systems in the automotive industry, and we contribute to developing Automotive SPICE® further.

Tailor-made for each application

There is no development without Automotive SPICE® these days – least of all, if your products are to meet functional safety requirements. Automotive SPICE®, used correctly, is the best prerequisite for an efficient application of ISO 26262. The competitiveness of your company depends on the successful integration of these two standards.

We can support you with the following services around Automotive SPICE®

  • Gap analyses
  • Assessments by intacs™-certified assessors
  • Preparing for assessments
  • VDA/intacs™ training courses for Provisional and Competent Assessor
  • Specially adapted in-house SPICE® training courses for management, development, quality assurance etc.
  • Improvement programs based on Automotive SPICE®
  • Integrating Automotive SPICE® and functional safety (ISO 26262)

We will be happy to advise and support you around Automotive SPICE® – NB: Do look at all the training courses we are offering as well!

Automotive SPICE® - a de facto industry standard

The Automotive SPICE® model includes a structured collection of so-called "best practices" for vehicle development. These help companies to improve their work processes systematically. Using Automotive SPICE® they can evaluate their own processes or their suppliers and compare them with the assessment model.

Many car manufacturers use Automotive SPICE® for qualification and risk assessment of their suppliers. These must demonstrate a certain capability in the relevant processes.

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Fig.: The Automotive SPICE Model v3

Levels in Automotive SPICE®

A level represents the capability of a process. Each process can have a level of zero to five. To reach a level, the necessary model elements need to be implemented.

Apart from new workflows cultural changes are also often required if  the organization is to  achieve higher levels. As a result improvements can take considerable time. The measures to establish firmly them at level three in a larger development organization, extends usually over three to five years.

Assessments evaluate performance

Whether the process of a company has reached the desired level,  is checked by assessment. This evaluation identifies strengths and weaknesses and recommendations for improvement. Assessments are recognized in the automotive industry only if they are carried out by qualified specialists. The VDA relies on the education system of  intacs™ for this qualification.

In addition to capability evaluations of single processes, the capability level of an entire organization may be evaluated. One refers to Organizational Maturity Levels (OML) in this case. Project assessments dominate currently, but there is growing interest in organisational level assessments.  This interest in Organizational Maturity Assessments is growing because of the desire to reduce the effort needed for assessments.

Organizational assessments consider the entire company

Classic supplier assessments focus a single project.  In contrast, organizational assessments examine the entire company, including a majority of its projects. Ultimately, it is the organization that makes it possible for the employees in the projects to apply processes effectively.

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Fig.: The ISO/IEC 15504-7 Organizational Maturity Level

These organizational assessments evaluate the capability and maturity of the company, to deliver quality systematically. The basis for this assessment is ISO / IEC 15504-7. The standard defines the concept of "Organizational Maturity Model". Each OML is process oriented. In  assessments  multiple process instances are investigated.