International Software Consulting Network
16 - 18 November 1998,
In association with
Arken Conference Center, Gothenburg, Sweden
SPIRE'98 - Software Process Improvement in Regions of Europe
EU Leonardo Projects Exhibition
Process Improvement Training Experts Work and Initiatives
EU Leonardo Projects Exhibition on Process Improvement Training Experts
Work and Initiatives
There is a half day exhibition of results from EU Leonardo da Vinci
projects which have developed training consortia and training material for
several aspects of process improvement. Leading projects in the field are being
presented, results and experience will be discussed including normal SPI
issues as well as the use of SPI principles in non-IT businesses.
||A new IEEE publication "Better Software Practice for Business Benefit" developed in
one of the projects (PICO) is
being presented for the first time.
SPIRE'98 is being held in conjunction with this conference.
SPIRE'98 (Software Process Improvement in Regions of Europe) offers you a dual
opportunity. Firstly to find out about existing programmes that can help you,
and secondly to listen to, as well as talk to, people from companies who have
benefited from similar improvement initiatives. Most events like this are
long on theory and short on practice. Not SPIRE'98! At SPIRE'98 you will hear
how real small software organisations in Germany, Sweden, Ireland, UK,
Austria, Italy, and Spain made valuable improvements. You can do so too!
Join us to find out how.
Who should attend?
The workshop will provide valuable insight into SPI in smaller companies,
and small departments in larger companies. It is aimed both at managers in
small companies looking to reap the benefits of SPI aligned to their own
business needs, and at consultants and trainers whose business it is to help
them to do so.
What is it?
The workshop mixes case studies presented by smaller software organisations
which have successfully improved their processes, with experience reports
from the following European Union funded ESSI training and dissemination
projects: SPIRE, DonQ-SPI, TAPISTRY, SCATE and LSD. It is co-ordinated by the
SPIRE project, with financial support from the European Commission's
The case studies will show you what can realistically be achieved. The
experience reports will help you to answer these questions:
Once you know the answers to these questions, the people to help you will be
available for consultation and advice.
- Can SPI help you solve some of your business needs, or prepare you for
- If so, which type of improvement program might be of most benefit
(training, mentoring, self-help, etc.)?
If you decide you can make improvements with no extra help, we can support
you with free material:
- Concise printed SPIRE Case Studies, selected from the best examples
of more than 50 improvement projects supported by SPIRE in Austria, Ireland,
Italy and Sweden. These demonstrate in a concrete way the business benefits
that can be had from a systematic approach to SPI.
- The SPIRE Handbook. This is a practical, step-by-step guide for
smaller software organisations about how to carry out successful SPI,
focused on business needs. It is written clearly and simply, with a minimum
of SPI jargon. It is designed to be used both by business managers and
change agents to kick-start SPI in their company, with or without additional
assistance from external consultants and trainers.
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