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      European Software Process Improvement Conference 2003


   10.-12.12.2003, University of Music and Arts, Graz, Austria

                   *  Call for Papers *

Note the change of the location:

Due to the Iraq war and the resulting terror threats the majority of the
EuroSPI partnership voted by mid March 2003 to move the conference
location to Graz, Austria, the European cultural capital for 2003.

Two reasons were influencing this decision. Firstly major companies have
informed us that their travel allowance for UK will be restricted over the
next few months, and secondly the conference hotel in UK was not flexible
enough to include a risk clause in the contract relating with a terror
threat happening around the conference date.

In Austria we will be supported by a premium environment with modern and
at the same time historical buildings, a social event in the European
cultural capital 2003, and huge support by the National IST Contact Point
in that region.


1. What is EuroSPI
2. Key Notes
3. Call for Papers - Contribution Guidelines
4. Associated Events
5. Exhibitors and Sponsors
6. Local Information
7. Conference Secretariat

1. What is EuroSPI

EuroSPI is a partnership of large Scandinavian research companies and
experience networks (SINTEF, DELTA,STTF), QinetiQ as one of Europe's
largest research centers, the ASQF as a large German quality association,
the American Society for Quality, and ISCN as the coordinating partner.

EuroSPI conferences present and discuss practical results from improvement
projects in industry, focussing on the benefits gained and the criteria
for success. Leading European industry are contributing to and
participating in this event. This year's event is the 10th of a series of
conferences to which countries across Europe and from the rest of the
world contributed their lessons learned and shared their knowledge to
reach the next higher level of software management professionalism.

2. Key Notes

Peter Prestele, IBM Europe

As Director Business Integration EMEA for IBM, Peter Prestele is
responsible for sales, services and strategic development of IBM's
Business Integration range in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The
product range includes CrossWorlds, MQ Workflow, B2B Connector and MQSI
integration solutions. In January 2002 he joined the IBM Software Group
during the course of the acquisition of CrossWorlds Software by IBM. Peter
Prestele previously held the position of a General Manager EMEA for
CrossWorlds Software. He joined CrossWorlds Software as Regional Vice
President in 1998 and has been managing the European headquarters in
Munich since 1999. From 1996 to 1998 Peter Prestele held the position of
Regional Manager for i2-Technologies and built up the organisation in
Central Europe. From 1993 to 1996 he worked as Sales Manager for
Intergraph and before that he was employed as Technical Manager Support &
Services at Wiechers & Partner, a CAD and CAE system vendor. Mr. Prestele
has 10 years of experience in the software industry having started his
career in the Research and Development division of the worldwide
manufacturing company, Aeroquip's European Aerospace, where he managed
European OEM development. Mr. Prestele was born in Munich and studied
mechanical engineering at the Munich University of Applied Sciences.

Norman Fenton, AGENA LTD and Qeen mary Univ. of London

Norman Fenton is Professor of Computing at Queen Mary and Westfield
College (London University) and is also Managing Director of Agena, a
company that specialises in risk management for critical systems. Between
1989 and March 2000 he was Professor of Computing Science at the Centre
for Software Reliability, City University. Norman is a Chartered Engineer
(member of the IEE) and a Chartered Mathematician (Fellow of the IMA). He
has been an elected member of the EPSRC Computing College since its
inception in 1994. His previous academic posts were at University College
Dublin, Oxford University and South Bank University where he was Director
of the Centre for Systems and Software Engineering. He has been project
manager and principal researcher in many major collaborative projects in
the areas of: software metrics; formal methods; empirical software
engineering; software standards, and safety critical systems. His recent
research projects, however, have focused on the use of Bayesian Belief
nets (BBNs) and Multi-Criteria Decision Aid for risk assessment. Also,
Agena has been building BBN-based decision support systems for a range of
major clients. Norman's books and publications on software metrics and
formal methods are widely known in the software engineering community.
Norman is a member of the Editorial Board of both the Software Quality
Journal and the Journal of Empirical Software Engineering.

3. Call for Papers

Theme 2003: Process Improvement Methodologies and Technologies,
Business Strategies, Human Factors, Knowledge, and Innovation

Conference Topics

Assessment Methodologies
Learning Organizations
Experience Reports
SPI in different Process Areas
Cultural Factors
SPI and Business Strategies
Improvement Planning
Innovation Management
Goal Analysis and Improvement
SPI in different Industry Branches
SPI Networks and Systems
Research in SPI
Cultural Factors

Papers shall be about 10 A4 pages, written with MS Word >= 97, and address
one of the topics listed above. For the submission of full papers please
follow the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES published at the conerence web site

The following dates apply:

9.5.2003        First paper to be uploaded

27.6.2003       Review notes will be distributed

30.9.2003       Final version to be uploaded

Please note that you need to submit using the paper upload function on the
conference web site. Also you need to use the standard word template for
arcticle writing which is available at the conference web site.

4. Associated Events

4.1 The e-Sourcing Capability Maturity  Model

The eSourcing Capability Model is a trademark of the CMU (Carnegie Mellon
University, Pittsburgh, USA), and has been developed in a multinational
team together with Satyam Services LTD ( The EuroSPI
conference will include a parallel stream on conference day 2 focussing on
process improvement for IT enabled service providers, systems engineering
firms working in distributed developments,and service centers of large

The eSCM SM is a Service Mark of the Carnegie Mellon University,
Pittsburgh, USA.

4.2 Associated Workshops

EuroSPI will select a set of highly acknowledged European and
international experts holding mini-seminars and workshops the day before
the conference. Seminars will deal with the topics  outlined for the
conference. Submit your proposal for a mini seminar with the upload
function  at the conference web site no later than  9.5.2003.

5. Exhibitors and Sponsors

Contact the co-ordination office to find out exhibition and sponsorship
options, or connect to our web site Exhibitors receive a
package including exhibition boot, free entrance for 2 people, plus
marketing in the conference flyer, programme, and through a leaflet in the
delegate bags. If you want to have your logo posted in the conference
flyer which is distributed to 30000 addresses, contact the conference
secreatariat before the 1.8.2003.

6. Local Information

This year's conference is performed in cooperation with National IST
Contact Point for Southern Austria, APS, ISCN as the EuroSPI co-ordinator
and local Austrian EuroSPI network partner, and hosted by the University
of Music and Dramatic Arts KUG.

The location is in the city center of Graz inside a historical (and
modern) building with conference halls (like the Florence hall) with
beautiful and inspiring environments. Its is the right place to attend an
interesting conference on the one hand and on the other hand get a taste
of old Austria plus a taste of the cultural capital of Europe in 2003.

7. Conference Secretariat

In case of questions concerning EuroSPI 2003 please contact Ms Adrienne
Clarke at the conference secretariat at: c/o ISCN Co-ordination Office,
Mrs Adrienne Clarke, Florence House, 1 Florence Villas, Bray, Co. Wicklow,
Tel. +353 87 988 6065, Fax: +353 1 286 205 0021. [log in to unmask]

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