The role and application of ISO/IEC 15504 - Process Assessment
May 18, 2010 Time: 13.30 - 17.00
The use of techniques for assessment and evaluation of the software development process has been the focus of increasing attention over recent times.
The available evidence indicates that methods based on the various process assessment models provide the potential for substantial improvement in productivity and quality, as well as giving increased confidence to purchasers of software.
Initiatives have been taken at the international level to develop a standard for process assessment, based on generally agreed principles.
An international collaborative effort - the SPICE Network - has supported the development of an international standard for software process assessment, which is now published as ISO/IEC 15504.
This tutorial provides a detailed analysis of the framework for process assessment in ISO/IEC 15504, placing it in the context of international developments in the area, and emphasizing the role of the framework in harmonizing existing assessment approaches such as those based upon the Capability Maturity Model.
Because of the presenterís close involvement with the standards development effort, the information presented will be the most current available, being based upon the approved and published version of ISO/IEC 15504.
The tutorial will include a detailed discussion of the relationship of the SPICE Framework to existing assessment approaches such as the Capability Maturity Model, as well as to other International Standards including ISO 9001, ISO 12207, ISO 15288 and ISO 20000 (ITIL).
The tutorial will address the issues of assessment of organizational maturity and the certification of assessment results; included in this will be an overview of the emergence of new approaches to process assessment based on ISO 15504, including Automotive SPICE and Pathfinder.