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             * EuroSPI 2004 Conference *

         European Software Process Improvement

10.-12. November 2004, Trondheim, Radisson SAS Hotel, Norway     Conference Web Site      Initiative Web Site  European Experience Library

EuroSPI represents a European experience forum collaborating
with nearly all SPINs in Europe. EuroSPI offers experiences which
can be re-used creating benefits in your own organisation .

The Norwegian Technical University (NTNU) is this year's major sponsor and
they organise a workshop "Improving Global SW Development" as an
associated workshop.

1. Key Notes
   - Scott Ambler, Ronin International Inc, CA
   - Alec Dorling, ISOSPICE, UK
2. Conference Program (11-12 Nov 2004)
   - Research Sessions
   - Industry Experience Sessions
3. Tutorials (10 Nov 2004)
4. Associated Workshops (10 Nov 2004)
   - Improving Global Software Development
   - SPI for Safety Critical and Business Critical Systems
5. Associated Training/Certificates
   - INTACS Certified ISO 15504 Assessor (6 - 10 Nov 2004)
   - CMMI Introduction Course (7-9 Nov 2004)
6. Sponsors & Partnership
7. In case of interest

1. Key Notes

SPI and Agile Model Driven Development

by Scott Ambler, Ronin International Inc, CA

Scott Ambler is a Senior Consultant with  Ronin International, Inc. since
its inception in 1999.  He actively works with Ronin clients on
large-scale software development projects and on software process
improvement (SPI) efforts around the world.
Scott is Canadian and still lives in Canada although he spends a large
portion of his time consulting in the United States and Europe.  He has
worked in the IT industry since the mid 1980s and with object technology
since the early 1990s. He has written several books and white papers on
object-oriented software development, software process, Agile Model Driven
Development (AMDD), Agile Database Techniques, and the Enterprise Unified
Process (EUP).

The ISO 15504 Standard and Current Initiatives

by Alec Dorling, ISOSPICE, UK

Alec Dorling is an internationally recognized expert in the field of
Software Quality Management, Process Assessment and Improvement. He has
held key posts at international research institutes that include the
Centre for Software Engineering in Sweden, the European Software Institute
in Spain and the National Computing Centre in the UK. He is a chartered
engineer with over 30 years experience in the IT industry gained both in
real-time and commercial systems environments. He has been involved with
most of the key UK government's initiatives in software engineering and
software quality. Alec Dorling is the international project leader of the
(Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination) project and
convener of the ISO group developing ISO/IEC 15504. He is currently
actively involved in leading world-wide assessments of suppliers in the
Space and Automotive sectors.

Alec is also a Director of The Procurement Forum and is involved in key
European projects in IT procurement process assessment, best practice,
benchmarking and improvement.  During the last four years Alec has been
the project leader of the European PULSE and PROBE IT procurement process
assessment, benchmarking and improvement projects and has
participated in the procurement best practice projects ASSIST and

2. Conference Program

EuroSPI 2004 offers a 4 track conference with a mixture of research and
industrial presentations. An OPEN SPACE runs in parallel to the conference
and offers a place to meet, present, and discuss.

11 November 2004

08.00-09.00 Registration

09.00-10.00 Key Note 1 : Scott Ambler

10.00-10.30 Break

10.30-12.00 Research	Research	Research
            Session 1A	Session 1B	Session 1C

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.30 Industry 	Industry	Industry	Industry
            Session 1A	Session 1B	Session 1C	Session 1D

14.30-15.00 Break

15.00-16.30 Industry 	Industry	Industry	Industry
            Session 2A	Session 2B	Session 2C	Session 2D

19.00-21.00 Conference Social Event and Dinner

12 November 2004

09.00-10.00 Key Note 2 : Alec Dorling

10.00-10.30 Break

10.30-12.00 Research	Research	Research
            Session 2A	Session 2B	Session 2C

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.30 Industry 	Industry	Industry	Industry
            Session 3A	Session 3A	Session 3A	Session 3A

14.30-15.00 Break

15.00-15.30 Conference Closure

Research Sessions

Research Session 1A Global SW Development

On-Site Customer in an XP Project: Empirical Results from a Case Study J.
Koskela, P. Abrahamsson, VTT, FIN

Extreme Programming: Reassessing the Requirements Management
Process for an Offsite Customer
M. Korkala, Univ. of Oulu, P. Abrahamsson, VTT, FIN

Global Software Development Project Management – Distance Overcoming D.
Smite, Riga IT Institute, LV

Research Session 1B SPI Techniques I

Towards Comprehensive Experience-based Decision Support
A. Jedlitschka, D. Pfahl, Fraunhofer IESE, D

Discovering the Relation between Project Factors
and Project Success in Post-Mortem Project Reviews
J. Schalken, H. v. Vliet, Vrije Univ., S. Brinkkemper,
Univ. of Utrecht, NL

Serious Insights through Fun Software-Projects
D. Lübke, T. Flohr, K. Schneider, University of Hannove

Research Session 1C Studies of SPI

SPI in SME Sized Software Enterprises in Eastern Finland:
A State-of-the-Practice Study
I. Saastamoinen, M. Tukiainen, Univ. of Joensuu, FIN

An Experimental Replica to Validate a set of Metrics for Software
Process Models
F. García, F. Ruiz, M. Piattini, ESI, E

Using Measurement Data in a TSP Process-Project
N. Davis, J. Mullaney, CMU, U.S., D.
Carrington, Univ. of Queensland, AUS

Research Session 2A Knowledge Management

Software Thinking Improvement: Learning Performance Improving
K. Pedersen, Aalborg Univ., DK

The Adoption of an Electronic Process Guide in a Company with
Voluntary Use
N. Brede Moe, T. Dybå, SINTEF, NO

Knowlede Mapping: A Technique for Identifying Knowledge Flows
in Software Organisations
B. Hansen Hansen, K. Kautz, Copenhagen Business School, DK

Research Session 2B SPI Techniques II

Determining the Improvement Potential of a Software Development
Organization through Fault Analysis:  Method and Case Study
L. O. Damm, Ericsson,  L. Lundberg, C. Wohlin,
Blekinge Institute of IT, S

RCA and Gap Analysis – A Tale of Two Methods
T. Stålhane, NTNU, NO

Empirical Evaluation of Two Requirements Prioritization Methods
in Product Development Projects
L. Lehtola, M. Kauppinen, Helsinki Univ.of Technology, FIN

Research Session 2C Effort Estimation

Project Effort Estimation: Or, When Size Makes a Difference
O. Benediktsson, Univ. of Iceland, IS,
D. Dalcher, Middlesex Univ. , UK

A Comparison of Size Estimation Techniques Applied Early in the
Life Cycle
O. Demirörs, Ç. Gencel, Middle East Techn. University, TR

Development of Model and Process for Timely Progress Reporting in
Use Case Driven Software Development
S. Moon, ComponentBasis, J. Lim, S.  Lee, Sangmzung University, Korea

Industrial Experience Sessions

Industry Session 1-A SPI and Management

Project manager’s guide to the Galaxy
N. J. Villmones, Kongsberg Spacetec, NO

ManagEUr - Success Criteria for Distributed Projects
Miklos Biro, BUESPA, HU

Quantitative Project Management: Integration of Balanced Scorecard and
CMMI maturity level 4 P. V. Petersen, Systematic, DK

Industry Session 1-B SPI and Management

Recipe for Managing at Level 5
J.Y. Chauviere, Motorola, FR

SPI Managers' Experiences and Opinions on SPI in practice
N. Baddoo, Univ. of Hertfordshire, UK

Evolutionary Project Management: Implementation and experiences
Trond Johansen, FIRM, NO

Industry Session 1-C SPI and RUP

Improving The OO Design Process
Javier Garzás,  ALTRAN SDB, M. Piattini, Univ.
of Castilla La Mancha, E

Specializing RUP to defined project types
G. Nordseth, Kantega AS, NO

Tailoring the Unified Process
C. Stensholt, ErgoSolutions, NO

Industry Session 1-D SPI Case Studies

Can Dilbert make a difference?
B.I. Nordhus, Kongsberg Spacetec, NO

Beyond Software Process Improvement: A Case Study on Change and
Knowledge Management
J.Pries-Heje, ITU, DK, P. Pourkomeylian, Astrazeneca, DK

The Software Development Culture of Northern Ireland
F. McCaffery, Univ. of Ulster, UK

Industry Session 2-A SPI and Engineering

Proposal for an Integrated Advanced Engineering Process
U. Hehn, Mmethodpark, D

Continuous tailoring activities in software engineering
P. Saliou, Univ. Brest, FR

Merging Agile Development Methodologies - The Case for DSDM
and XP
R. OConnor, DCU, IE

Industry Session 2-B SPI Case Studies

User Expectations for an SPI Knowledge Management System
I. Saastamoinen, M. Tukiainen, Univ. of Joensuu, T.Makinen,
T. Varkoi, Tampere  University of Technology, FI

Stages of Software Process Improvement Derived from 10 Year
Case Studies
K. Balla, IQSYS, HU

Evaluation of using a UML methodology in a large embedded development
project K.Hansen, B. Anda, I. Gullesen, H. K., Thorsen, ABB, S

Industry Session 2-C SPI and Organisational Strategies

Building a learning organisation: experience with establishing
communities of practice
H. Dreiem, Objectnet, NO

Process Improvement is Not Enough - Do not Forget Innovation Processes R.
Messnarz, ISCN GesmbH, A

Prioritizing SPI actions based on business needs and impacts
M. Haavikko, M. Johansson, R. Nevalainen, STTF, FI

Industry Session 2-D SPI and Assessment

AXA IT Organisation & Process Maturity Assessment Framework
T. Hind , Axa-Sunlife, UK

Maturity Models as an Assessment Tool
K. O. Jensen, DELTA, DK

Rapid Supplier Capability Evaluation
H. Bush, T. Rollo, U.S.

Industry Session 3-A SPI and Estimation

Software Productivity Estimation Based on Association Rules
B. Stamatia, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki, GR

Navigating the Minefield: Estimating BEFORE Requirements
C. A. Dekkers, Quality Plus Technologies, U.S.

Productivity and Cost Structures in Software Development Projects
E. Bartus, P. Thorlacius, SIGMA, NO

Industry Session 3-B SPI and Requirements Management

Developing a RE Process Improvement Model
S. Beecham, T. Hall, A. Rainer, University of Hertfordshire, UK

How Evaluation Techniques Influence the RE-tool Evaluation:
An Experiment
Raimundas Matulevicius, NTNU, NO

Experiences in the Assessment of the Requirement Management Process J.A.
Calvo-Manzano, A. Serrano, Univ. of Madrid, M. Arcilla, UNED, E

Industry Session 3-C SPI and Risk Management

Risk-driven Software Process Improvement
J. Miller, J. Gorski, Univ. of Technology, PL

Increased Value through Reduced Risk in joint industry
/external researcher projects – towards guidelines
L. Bratthall, E. Mikkelsen, DNV, NO

Developing a customer driven decision-making tool for the
selection of software quality models and frameworks
B. Keane, Univ. of Limerick, IE

Industry Session 3-D SPI and Systems

Collaborative management for ICT process improvement in SME
B. Direnzo, CPRHT, LU

Patrical Experience of Virtual Team Software Development
V. Casey, Univ. of Limerick, IE

Process improvement through development of an extended electronic process
guide K. R. Nilsen, Kongsberg Spacetec, NO

3. Tutorials

EuroSPI 2004 also offers a rich set of associated tutorials
on 10 November 2004.

Morning Tutorials

T1 : Agile Development by Scott Ambler

Scott is Canadian and still lives in Canada although he spends
a large portion of his time consulting in the United States
and Europe. He has worked in the IT industry since the mid 1980s
and with object technology since the early 1990s.
He has written several books and white papers on object-oriented software
development, software process, Agile Model Driven Development (AMDD),
Agile Database Techniques, and the Enterprise Unified Process (EUP). In
his tutorial Scott will outline how to practically apply AMDD in industry.

T2 - Function Points , UseCases, and SW Quality

Despite the advances in technology and the increased access to
data with data warehouses , one fundamental element of system
development continues to elude us: the logical user requirements.
Done properly, Use Cases clearly document requirements in user
terms in a more complete and articulated manner than other methods.
>From these use cases FP (Function Points) can be utilized
to quantify the size of software based on a structured evaluation
of the logical user requirements. This tutorial will outline how
practitioners can use Use Cases and Function Points to quantify
and control software requirements. This tutorial is
held by Carol Dekkers from Quality Plus Technologies, U.S.

T3 - Introduction to the Team SW Process

The Team Software Process (TSP SM) provides a powerful framework for
effective software development. The TSP has helped organisations
developing software systems achieve significant gains in quality and cycle
time. The TSP can be characterised as a methodology that builds
self-directed teams that plan and track their work focusing on quality
rather than schedule. The results from applying the TSP reveal that
schedule improvements are also achieved. The tutorial is held by David
Carrington from the University of Queensland, Australia.

Afternoon Tutorials

T4 - Using Agile Approaches to Develop Mobile Applications

Mobile phone terminals have been closed environments until recent years.
The change brought by open platform technologies such as Symbian operating
system and java-technologies have opened up a significant business
opportunity for anyone to develop application software such as games for
the mobile terminals. Agile development solutions can be seen to provide a
good fit for mobile application development environment. This tutorial
seeks to provide an overview on the special characteristics of mobile
software development and introduce a development approach called MobileD.
The tutorial is held by Pekka Abrahamsson from VTT, Finland.

T5 - SPI and Innovation Management - How Does This Work

SPI (Software process Improvement) is a structured approach to increase
the capability of processes . In the German automotive industry, for
instance, the target capability level is 3 . However, the innovation
cycles in industry get faster and faster, so that from a business
viewpoint continuous product innovation is needed leading to a
continuous change o frequirements for the established processes. The
tutorial illustrates case studies where this relationship between product
innovation and process improvement has been managed and provides a list of
success criteria. It will demostrate how a group of German companies were
able to establish mutual beneficial task forces to manage such situations.
The tutorial is held by Richard Messnarz from ISCN, Ireland and Austria.

T6 - How to Make Your Complex Distributed Projects a Success

This tutorial discusses success criteria of distributed multinational EU
projects based on trials performed at 59 organisations in 13 countries in
the EU IST-2000-28162 project TEAMWORK. In this project the typical
working processes, the teamwork structures in multinational distributed EU
projects have been analyzed and configured into e-working spaces. These
e-working spaces were then used in the trials. The experiences from these
trials are leveraged in the design of an EU project manager skill card
being developed in the framework of the EU Leonardo da Vinci project
ManagEUr (2003 – 2006). The cases presented in this tutorial will focus on
two of 6 skills units related with (a) Planning and (b) Team Management .
Attendees will be able to receive a certification. The tutorial is held by
Miklos Biro from University of Budapest, and Janos Ivanyos from Memolux,

T7 - Knowledge Based SPI

This tutorial “Knowledge Based SPI” is based on several years research and
development in Finland among FiSMA companies. FiSMA (Finnish Software
Measurement Association) consists of appr. 40 members, and they have used
SPICE, CMMI and related models for years for their own improvement
purposes.FiSMA has developed a system called GNOSIS to support internal
assessments and SPI planning. This tutorial is partially based on
practical cases using GNOSIS system. Participants will learn how a well
defined and tool-supported SPI can be implemented easily. This tutorial is
held by Risto Nevalainen from STTF, Finland.

4. Associated Workshops (10 Nov 2004)

Ws1: SPI for Safety Critical and Business Critical Systems

There are at the present several processes defined for the development of
safety critical systems, e.g. IEC 61508, DO-178B and SAE ARP4761. However,
the idea of SPI has not yet penetrated this important area. At the EuroSPI
workshop we will bring together people who are working with SPI and people
working with the development of safety critical and business critical
systems in order to see what we can achieve together. The participants are
invited to present short papers that will serve as a starting point for
discussions. The focus of the workshop will be on discussions, not on long
presentations. All contributions will be reviewed and all accepted
contributions will be included in a report.

If you plan to actively contribute send a short paper to email:
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Ws2 Improving Global Software Development.

Software development is to an increasing extent undertaken in
geographically distributed teams. For example, it is not unusual that
companies choose to outsource a substantial part of their development
activities to low-cost countries, and also a large number of software
products are developed in “open source software” projects that sometimes
are global in scope. Given these trends, this workshop aims at discussing
how SPI efforts should be tackled in global software development. More
accurately, the workshop focuses on illuminating empirically as well as
more theoretically, the various cultural, process-related, and technical
challenges involved when software development goes global.

Send short papers to emails: [log in to unmask] , [log in to unmask]

Paper (max 3 pages) submission deadline      August 15th, 2004 (changed!)
Notification of acceptance                   September 15, 2004
Registration deadline                        October 1, 2004
Workshop date                                November, 10th, 2004

5. Associated Training/Certificates

INTACS Certified ISO 15504 Assessor
(6 Nov 2004 14.00 hours - 10 Nov 2004 14.00 hours)
by R. Messnarz , ISCN, IRL and R. Nevalainen, STTF,FIN

The 5-day SPICE Assessor Training Course is designed specifically for
providing IT professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct
software process assessments according to ISO 15504 - Process Assessment.
The course is INTACS (International Assessor Certification Scheme)
certified. Delegates who demonstrate satisfactory performance throughout
the course and pass the final examination are awarded a Certificate of a
Provisional Assessor . The course already bases on the new ISO 15504
standard (not the TR 15504) which recently came out in 2004. As a result
of attending the course, delegates will be able to navigate the five parts
of ISO 15504,  understand and explain the use of software process
assessment, develop a procedure for conduction 15504-conformant
assessments, assemble and brief an assessment team, plan and conduct
assessments using the assessment model in ISO 15504-5 (based on ISO
12207), and present the results of assessment to the assessed
Dr Richard Messnarz has more than 14 years of experience in assessments in
the embedded and automotive sector. He has published a book with IEEE in
1999, he has been a lead consultant and assessor for major German firms,
he is the chairman of EuroSPI, he is a principle/lead assessor in ISO
15504, and he is the  managing director of  ISCN. Dr Risto Nevalainen has
more than 20 years experiences with IT management, he is an experienced
assessor, he coordinates the FisMA initiative in Finland, and he is a
board member of the EuroSPI initiative.

.. the certified ISO 15504 Assessor Course participation fee is  2500
Euro, and if you register for this course you will receive a price
reduction of 200 Euro for the EuroSPI conference.

CMMI Introduction Course (7-9 Nov 2004)

K. Johnson, TeraQuest, U.S., C.T. Nielsen, DELTA, DK

This 3-day course introduces systems and software engineering managers,
practitioners, appraisal team members, and engineering process group
(e.g., SEPG, EPG) members to the fundamental concepts of Capability
Maturity Model ® Integration (CMMI ®). The course is composed of lectures
and class exercises and provides ample opportunity for participant
questions and discussions. After attending the course, participants will
be able to understand how CMMI models can apply to their organization's
process improvement program. Additionally, successful completion of this
course is a prerequisite for Intermediate Concepts of CMMI, SCAMPI Lead
Appraiser Training, and CMMI Instructor Training. Kent A. Johnson is the
Director of Systems Engineering for TeraQuest as well as an SEI-certified
Lead Assessor for SW-CMM and a certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser for CMMI.
Kent's background includes over 25 years experience .
Claus Trebbien Nielsen is the CMMI Programme Manager at DELTA, he is a
member of the CMMI stakeholder group, and he has extensive assessment
experience as BOOTSTRAP and CMMI assessor.

... the CMMI Introduction Course participation fee is  2700 Euro, and if
you register for this course you will receive a price reduction of 200
Euro for the EuroSPI conference.

6. Sponsors & Partnership

The Norwegian Technical University (NTNU) is sponsoring EuroSPI with
significant funds which allow to finance a world wide recognised expert
for agile methods , Scott Ambler. He is a leading expert in AMDD (Agile
Model Driven Development) and has published numerous books in the field.
Also NTNU organises two very interesting workshops in parallel with
EuroSPI. (see section 4. of this email)

EuroSPI's mission is to develop an experience and knowledge exchange
platform for Europe where SPI practices can be discussed and exchanged and
knowledge can be gathered and shared. This mission is implemented by three
major action lines:

1. An annual EuroSPI conference supported by Software Process Improvement
Networks from different EU countries. 2. Establishing an Internet based
knowledge library, newsletters, and a set of proceedings and recommended
 3. Establishing an effective team of national representatives (in future
from each EU country) growing step by step into more countries of Europe.

EuroSPI is a successful initiative since 1994. Annual conferences were
held 1994 in Dublin (Ireland), 1995 in Vienna (Austria), 1996 in Brighton
(UK), 1997 in Budapest (Hungary), 1998 in Gothenburg (Sweden), 1999 in
Pori (Finland), 2000 in Copenhagen (Denmark), 2001 in Limerick (Ireland),
2002 in Nuremberg (Germany), 2003 in Graz (Austria), 2004 in Trondheim
(Norway), 2005 in Budapest (Hungary).

Find more at

7. In case of interest

Contact [log in to unmask] , or open where you can
view the HTML version and download a pdf version of the conference

The pdf version contains also a registration form, if you do not want to
use the online registration functions.

Dr Richard Messnarz
Director ISCN
General Chair EuroSPI Initiative (