SPIRE (Software Process Improvement in Regions of Europe) Startvorteil für kleine Software-Unternehmen

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What is SPIRE? SPIRE stands for Software Process Improvement in Regions of Europe. It is an ESSI dissemination project, financially supported by the European Commission within the ESPRIT programme, which started in March 1997 and ends in January 1999. Co-ordinated by the Centre for Software Engineering in Dublin, Ireland, SPIRE has partners in Austria (ARC Seibersdorf), Italy (Etnoteam), Sweden (IVF), and Northern Ireland ( Software Industry Federation).

Focus of SPIRE. SPIRE focuses on small software development units - dubbed SSDs - employing up to 50 software staff, both small software companies, and small software units in larger user organisations.

SSDs encounter special barriers to successful SPI:

Objective of SPIRE.
SPIRE aims to lower the barriers preventing SSDs from successfully applying SPI, by:

How is SPIRE doing this?

Case Studies. Between September and November 1998, SPIRE will publish 20 software process improvement Case Studies in each of English, German, Italian and Swedish, with a smaller number in French. They demonstrate the business benefit of process improvement to small software firms, and serve as models for others to emulate. They cover a wide range of software processes, including requirements management, object oriented design, testing, project management, and configuration management. SPIRE is also disseminating Case Studies of software process improvement in Irish companies generated by the earlier TRI-SPIN Project.

SPIRE Handbook. This is a practical step-by-step guide for smaller software organisations, about how to carry out successful SPI, meeting their own business needs. It is written clearly and simply, with the minimum of SPI jargon, in English. It is designed to be used by both business managers and change agents to kick-start SPI in their company, with or without additional assistance from external consultants and trainers.

European Analysis Report. This will be of great value to researchers, trainers and consultants, and public policy makers, who are interested in SPI in the smaller organisation. The analysis will cover four main subject areas: Technical, Educational, Commercial and Human Factors. A statistical analysis will detect and quantify chains of cause and effect.

How to benefit from SPIRE

Contact for Austria and Germany:
Dipl.-Ing. Erwin Schoitsch
Austrian Research Centers Seibersdorf
A-2444 Seibersdorf, AUSTRIA
tel. +43 2254 780 3117, fax +43 2254 72133

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