SPICE 2010 News

Tutorial by Richard Messnarz


The SPI Manifesto and the ECQA Certified SPI Manager

  May 18, 2010      Time to be defined
Room to be defined

Based on the SPI Manifesto (see http://newsletter.eurospi.net) and the latest research in the field including the ImprovAbility model, a group of international experts has turned the skills definition into a syllabus, a set of training materials and examination questions.

All this is recognized by ECQA and is now introduced as a certified profession - SPI Manager.
See www.ecqa.org -> Certified Professions -> ECQA Certified SPI Manager

The tutorial gives an insight into this new qualification.

The ECQA SPI manager certification is adding skills to a CV that already includes project management skills and the process professional will be competent to lead his/her organizations process improvement activities with appropriate support from top management.

The SPI manager can:

  • align activities to business goals
  • design the organizational framework that will optimize the effect of process improvements
  • manage expectations from all involved parties
  • identify competence gaps that will compromise the success
  • set up teams and monitor their performance
  • know state of the art process models/practices/experiences and where to find practical support sources
  • manage risks related to process improvement
  • plan activities - from concept to implementation
  • Facilitate the change process

Link to ECQA: http://www.ecqa.org/index.php?id=37

The ECQA is the result of a number of EU supported initiatives in the last ten years where in the European Union Life Long Learning Programme different educational developments decided to follow a joint process for the certification of persons in the industry.

Through the ECQA it is possible to attend courses for a specific profession in one country and perform a Europe-wide agreed test at the end of the course.
The certificate will then be recognized by European training organisations and institutions in 18 member countries.

  Richard Messnarz  

Innovation Related

  • General Chair of EuroSPI (European Systems and Software Process Improvement and Innovation) since 1994
  • 1990 - 1996 Resaercher and lecturer at University of Technology, Graz, Austria
  • 1996 - 1998 expert developing the Best Regional Innovation Transfer Method used by regional innovation centres and basing on a study of 200 innovative companies in Europe.
  • 2001 - 2003 technical coordinator of a project where 59 innovative teams have been connected using a team-working platform (44 participating research companies) and where rules were analysed, how innovative teams act and behave.
  • 2003 - 2006 Project leader of the ORGANIC project developing the course for certified innovation managers. The materials focus on the aspect of learning organisations.
  • Since 2003 moderator of the German SOQRATES Initiative (Bayern Initiative), in which now 24 leading companies cooperate in cross company task forces.
  • 2005 - 2007 technical coordinator of the EQN (European Quality Network) project in which the standard certification processes underlying ECQA have been developed.
  • 2008 - 2009 technical director of the EU Cert Campus project where European learning portals for a cluster of professions have been set up.
  • Since 2008 Vice President of ECQA www.ecqa.org
  • 2009 - 2011 The EU Cert Campus is launched Europe wide in the DEUCERT project, with Dr Messnarz as Vice President of ECQA.

ISO 15504 and Automotive SPICE Related

He is co-founder of ISCN LTD (Dublin, 1994), founder of ISCN Regionalstelle (Graz, 1997), and owner of the ISCN GesmbH (Graz, 2001).

He is a Principal ISO 15504 and Automotive SPICE assessor.

For 19 years he has worked as a consultant for many automotive firms, such as BOSCH, ZF TE, ZF N, ZF Sachs, ZF Lenksysteme, Audi/VW, Continental Automotive, G&D, Magna, T-Systems, etc.

He is a trainer for:

  • iNTACS™ certified ISO/IEC 15504 Provisional Assessor (Automotive SPICE®)
  • iNTACS™ certified ISO/IEC 15504 Competent Assessor (Automotive SPICE®)
  • iNTACS™ certified ISO/IEC 15504 Provisional Assessor
  • iNTACS™ certified ISO/IEC 15504 Competent Assessor

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