Please find below the announcement of the annual EuroSPI 2001 conference.
Look forward to seeing you in Limerick.


                 European Software Process Improvement
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                            www.eurospi.net

                         10 - 12 October 2001

              Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick,
                              Ireland

   The Combination of Methodologies, Tools, And Cultural Factors

                              Key Notes:

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                 * Mark Paulk, SEI, Pittsburgh, USA *
                 * C. Noekleby, GRUNDFOS, Denmark   *
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   EuroSPI is managed by group of Svandinavian, German, UK, and
   Irish partners. EuroSPI 2001 is sponsored by Shannon Development
   (Furthering Cooperation with Ireland). The conference is opened
   officially by the Ministry of Education and Science in Ireland.

            The local conference organisation is supported by
                      www.lit.ie and www.tecnet.ie

Conference Background:
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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 8th 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.

Conference Architecture:
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Tutorials Day, Wednesday, 10.10.2001
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08.30 - 09.30 Registration
09.30 - 12.30 Morning Tutorials with Coffee Break at 11.00
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon Tutorials with Coffee Break at 15.30

Participants register for the tutorial day and can choose either a full
day or 2 half day tutorials for which they receive the
handouts. Participants can freely walk between the tutorials.

Conference Day 1, Thursday, 11.10.2001
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08.00 - 09.00 Registration
09.00 - 09.20 Opening of Conference
              by Ministry of Education and Science, Ireland
09.20 - 09.40 Cooperation Opportunities with Ireland
              by Director of Shannon Development Agency
09.40 - 10.40 Key Note by Mark Paulk, SEI, Pittsburgh, USA

               Stream 1     Stream 2  Stream 3         Stream 4
               --------     --------  --------         --------
10.40 - 11.00  Coffee Break
11.00 - 12.30  Session 1    Session 2 INSERC Workshop  Tool Vendors
12.30 - 13.45  Lunch
13.45 - 15.15  Session 3    Session 4 INSERC Workshop  Tool Vendors
15.15 - 16.00  Coffee Break
16.00 - 17.30  Session 5    Session 6 INSERC Workshop  Tool Vendors

20.00 Social Event - Castle of Bunratty

Conference Day 2, Friday, 12.10.2001
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               Stream 1      Stream 2   Stream 3      Stream 4
               --------      --------   --------      --------

10.00 - 10.30  Coffee Break
10.30 - 12.30  Session 7     Session 8                Tool Vendors
12.30 - 13.45  Lunch
13.45 - 15.15  Session 9     Session 10 Product Talks Tool Vendors
15.15 - 16.00  Coffee Break
16.00 - 17.00  Session 11    Session 12 Product Talks Tool Vendors

17.15 - 17.30  Conclusions and Next Conference Announcement

Programme Committee:
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- Micheal Mac an Airchinnigh, Trinity College & ISCN, IRL
- Gualtiero Bazzana, Onion Technologies, It
- Miklos Biro, Sztaki, HU
- Mads Christiansen, Delta, DK
- Howard Duncan, Dublin City University, IRL
- Taz Daughtrey, Chief Editor of the Software Quality Professional
  Magazine, USA
- John Elliott, DERA, UK
- Tim Hind, AXA-Sunlife UK
- Bernd Hindel, ASQF, D
- Theresa Hunt, Programs Chair of the ASQ Software Division, USA
- Ioana Ene, Onion Technologies, It
- Jorn Johansen, Delta, DK
- Carsten Jorgensen, Delta, DK
- Karl Heinz Kautz, Copenhagen Business School, DK
- Patricia McQuaid, Americas Program Committee Chair for the Second
  (2000) and Third (2005) World Congresses on Software Quality, USA
- Nils Brede Moe, Sintef, No
- Messnarz Richard, ISCN IRL & ISCN A
- Risto Nevalainen, STTF, Fin
- Carsten Noekleby, Grundfos A/S
- Poul Grav Petersen, Novo A/S
- Dag Sjoberg, University of Oslo, No
- Terttu Orci, Royal Inst. of Technology & Stockholm University, S
- Tor Stalhane, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, No
- David Teague, British Telecom, UK
- Timo Varkoi, Pori School of Technology, Fin
- Yingxu Wang, University of Calgary, Canada

Tutorial Abstracts:
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T1 :Improving Your Influence in the Organisation
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Otto Vinter,Delta, Bent Adsersen, Denmark

This highly intensive full day tutorial will teach you how
to exploit the real  powers that you have in your organisation,
and how you can become more efficient in your day-to-day contact
with developers and managers. We will identify and work with common
problems of testers in relation to other groups in the organisation.
Through a self assessment you will learn your personal team
profile. Through group exercises you will learn to be aware
of incongruent communication.

T2: Practical Exercises with CMMI Continuous 1.02
---
Miklos Biro, Sztaki, Hungary, Richard Messnarz, ISCN, Ireland

This highly intensive full day workshop gives an introduction into CMMI
and includes practical exercises about existence scoring, capability
rating, assessment planning (specifically tailoring), and improvement
planning. It is based on a real anonymous firm and allows
participants to form teams and elaborate themselves.
Also a tool set will be presented which supports the data gathering in
CMMI assessments and automates the capability profile calculation as well
as the strengths- and weaknesses analysis.

T3: Software Project Planning Seminar
---
Mads Christiansen, Robert Olesen, Delta, Denmark

Tutorial attendees will learn how to perform a team-based project
planning workshop, how to set up and select participants for the
workshop, how to identify  work  packages based on project objectives,
tailoring of development model,  stakeholders involved, etc.

T4: Project & Risk Management Tutorial
---
Fran OHara, Insight, Ireland

The importance of software project management in determining the success
or otherwise of a project  cannot be understated.
This seminar will focus on these responsibilities  and the associated
project management processes.

T5: PMA - Harvesting Experience - Identifying Improvement Opportunities
---
Nils Brede Moe, Sintef, Tor Stalhane, NTNU, Norway

PMA (Post Mortem Analysis) is a method for harvesting experience  both
good and bad and an important tool for identifying your process
improvement opportunities.
The method can be heavy and elaborated like the PMA used by Apple
Computers and Microsoft, or it can be rather light, like the US Army's
After Action Review.

T6: Teaching SPI at University Graduate and Postgraduate Level
---
Terttu Orci, University of Stockholm, Sweden

SPI is the commonly agreed medicine for the illness called software
crisis. In software  engineering curricula at the university level, not
only the technical and management perspectives for software engineering
should be taught from the theoretical point of view, but also the state of
the practice. This tutorial will present how SPI is taught at the Royal
Institute of Technology and Stockholm University at graduate and
postgraduate levels of education.

T7: Software Measurement
---
Bruce J. Hofman

This tutorial will allow attendees to learn from first hand experience how
to define software measurements that are meaningful because they are
directly related to the needs of their organization.  Each attendee will
be asked to come to the tutorial with 2 or 3 specific business goals
in mind.  These  will be used to develop specific software measurements
that will help their organization meet its business objectives.

T8: Integrating SPICE and CMMI
---
Risto Nevalainen, STTF, Finland

This tutorial presents the two major reference models for software process
assessment and improvement, namely SPICE (ISO15504) and CMMI. Models are
shortly described and compared. A practical approach to use them
together in SPI-oriented assessment is presented.
Some case studies from integrated use of models in Finnish companies is
described.

Conference Sessions 11.10.2001
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Session 1 - SPI and Human Factors
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Experiences with the Impact of Cultural Factors
M. Biro, Sztaki, Hungary, R. Messnarz, ISCN,Ireland, I. Kiszel,
I. Szoboszlai, Ericsson,Hungary
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The Human Element in Process Improvement
Piotr Uminski, Intel, Poland
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The Programming Paradigm for Inexperienced Teams
K. Lui, Univ. Of Hongkong, China

Session 2 - SPI Experience Stories
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Live on Level 5
---
B. Van der Wal, Origin, TheNetherlands
European Experiences with SPI
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Fran O'Hara, Insight, Ireland
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Process Psyops - Moving a Large Well Established Company Towards SPI
G.A. Davison, GNNETTEST, Denmark

Session 3 - SPI and Testing
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Quality Assurance for Passed-On Software
U. Hehn, 3Soft, Germany
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Test Execution and Management for Numerical Software
T. Buerger, J. Mayer,FISW Steuerungstechnik GmbH, Germany

Session 4 - SPI and Development Paradigms
---
RAD Development
P. MacQuaid,California Polytechnic State University, USA
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Evolutionary Development of Web Applications
A. Lien, E. Arisholm, Univ. Of Oslo, Genera AS, J. Skandsen, Norway

Session 5 - SPI and Analysis
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Post Mortem - An Assessment of Two Approaches
T Stalhane, NTNU, N. B. Moe, Sintef, Norway
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Integrating SPI and Assessment Models to Facilitate Measurement
Understanding
J. Elliott, QinetiQ, UK

Session 6 - SPI and Processes
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Is ISO 9000:2000 the Last Chance Saloon for the Standard
P. Wain, QinetiQ, UK
---
Comparison of Software Processes Across Small Companies
I. Richardson, Univ. Of Limerick, Ireland

Parallel Stream : INSERC Workshop
---------------------------------
INSERC 2001  is the first workshop of the National Software Ergonomics
Research Centre recently established in Limerick.

Find the current program of EuroSPI stream 3 at
http://www.lit.ie/research/conf/inserc2001.html

Conference Sessions 12.10.2001
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Session 7 - SPI and Virtual Organisations
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MEDIA-ISF - A Best Practice Action to Involve European Media Through a
Virtual Organisation
J. Ivanyos, Memolux, Hungary, Y. Gilson, European Journalism Center,
Netherlands,  G. Foris, Bruxinfo, Belgium, R. Messnarz, ISCN, Ireland
---
Experience with Teamwork Concepts for Virtual Team and Quality Management
E. O'Leary, B. Foley, Tecnet, Ireland, R. Messnarz, G.Nadasi, R. Bernhard,
ISCN Ireland and Austria
---
Content Requirements for an SPI Repository
M. Lepasar, T. Varkoi, H. Jaakola, Univ. Of Pori, Finland

Session 8 - SPI and Management
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The Magic Management Commitment
M. Korsaa, Consultant for Nokia, Finland
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A Framework for Business and IT Alignment
L. Boldt, D. Walker, Starbase Corp., USA
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Software Metrics - Uncertainity and Causal Modelling
N. Fenton, P. Krause, M. Neil, Univ. of London, UK

Session 9 - SPI and New Approaches
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Patterns to Adopt Knowledge Based Solutions to Software Process
Management Problems
R. Nevalainen, STTF, Finland
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Using Action Research as a Framework
O. Vinter, Delta, J. Pries-Heje, CBS, Denmark

Session 10 - SPI and Supplier Management
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Customer Relationship Management - A Maturity Model
H. Ekstam, D. Karlsson, T. Orci, Stockholm University, Sweden
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Experience on Outsourcing Requirements Specifications
F. Kiedaisch, M. Pohl, J. Weisbrod, S. Bauer, S. Ortmann, DaimlerChrysler
AG, Germany

Session 11 - SPI and Systems Design
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Capability Assessment Approach for User Centred Design Processes
T. Jokela Univ. Of Oulu, Finland
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Assessing Effects of RUP Implementation Using SPICE
G. Grahn, H. Wickberg, Volvo IT, Sweden
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Requirements Based UML
J. D. Schulz, Starbase Corp., USA

Session 12 - SPI and European Results and Benchmarks
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SPIRAL Network development Results
B. Barafort, Centre de Recherche Public Henry Tudor, Luxembourg
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PIPSI - The Results of a 2 Year SPI Experiment
R. OConnor, G. Coleman, DCU, Ireland
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Web Based SPI - Benchmarking of Software Organisations
B. Neuper, M. Stimpfl, FZ Seibersdorf, Austria

Parallel Stream : Tool Vendors Product Presentations
----------------------------------------------------

The talks given by tool vendors will be updated on the EuroSPI
Web Site.

Registration and Prices
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Registration:

                      before 13.9.            from 13.9.

Tutorials             300 Euro                350 Euro
INSERC Workshop       225 Euro                350 Euro
Conference            550 Euro                740 Euro
Combined              690 Euro                890 Euro

Accommodation:

cat.    Hotel Name           Single     Double Code   Phone/Fax

****    Limerick Ryan Hotel  IEP 70     IEP 80 INSERC +353 (0)61 453922
                                                      +353 (0)61 326333

***     Woodfield House      IEP 45     IEP 80 INSERC +353 (0)61 453022/
                                                      +353 (0)61 326755

Attendees have to book the rooms themselves. More information on the
hotels can be found on the conference web site.

Cancellation of registration is not possible after 13. 9. 2001. You may
determine a substitute.

EuroSPI Co-ordination Office
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EuroSPI'2001 Registration Office,
c/o ISCN Co-ordination Office,           http://www.eurospi.net
Florence House, 1 Florence Villas,       Tel :   + 353 1 205 0020
Bray, Co. Wicklow,                       Fax :   + 353 1 205 0021
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