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Biro M.,Software Competence Center Hagenberg | Messnarz R.,ISCN LTD | Colomo-Palacios R.,Ostfold University College
Journal of Software: Evolution and Process

The Special Issue of Journal of Software: Evolution and Process discusses papers on the process improvement approaches by The European System and Software Process Improvement and Innovation Initiative. The paper 'Identifying correlations of findings for building process improvement packages using graph clustering' by Choi, Kim, and Park is devoted to software process improvement (SPI), one of the cornerstones of the EuroSPI community. In the paper 'ITIL in small to medium-sized enterprises software companies: towards an implementation sequence' by Lema and co-researchers, the authors present a suggestion on ITIL implementation sequence on small entities. Experience with teaching and applying Process Appraisals at a University' by De Man deals with SPI education for small companies. The topic of SPI implementations is widespread in the community including papers on evaluation and control information security aspects, and the ISO/IEC 29110: Systems and Software Life Cycle Profiles and Guidelines for Very Small Entities (VSEs). The paper 'Towards Relating Delivery Methods and Examination Success: Lessons Learned from the VALO LLP Project Case Study' by Rahanu and colleagues is also presenting an effort on the ECQA certification schema, this time devoted to project valorization. In the paper 'Where does all this waste come from?', Raschke present a conceptual model on waste creation in software development projects following agile scenarios. Source

Bachmann V.,SIBAC GmbH | Messnarz R.,ISCN LTD
Journal of software: Evolution and Process

Within the last 5 years the need for a system development and a process that describes this development became more and more obvious. The number of software and electronic engineers rose even in companies that were traditionally working in the field of puremechanics. The ISO standard 15504 was consequently expanded fromthe software to the system. Nevertheless, even 5 years after this change, there is nearly no subsystem mechanics completely described in the same tool as the subsystems electronics and software. This break within the tool chain is the tip of an iceberg reaching all the way down to the lived processes in development. This paper tries to give a solution that was worked out in a group of integrated designers that developed a program for the European Certification and Qualification Association. It shows an example that was tested in an industry project to reach level two, according to the Automotive SPICE standard, on system level in a customer assessment. It shows how to bring together standards that are used in electronics, software, and mechanics to find an integrated design approach to improve safety and availability of systems composed of these parts. Namely, this is the IEC 61508 asking for a risk analysis, which again finds entrance into the failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) that is a commonly known tool in mechanical development. The FMEA again has an interface to the ISO 15504, which is described here as well. An integrated design is the outcome of this process by using the tools mentioned and bringing them together properly. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Source

Draghici A.,Polytechnic University of Timisoara | Draghici G.,Polytechnic University of Timisoara | Izvercianu M.,Polytechnic University of Timisoara | Riel A.,Grenoble University of Technology | And 2 more authors.
Communications in Computer and Information Science

The paper presents a specific approach for defining a new job role so call Research-Entrepreneur that have to be trained and certified at the European level. These processes are supported by an e-learning platform developed by the European Certification and Qualification Association in the last ten years. After a brief description of the Research-Entrepreneur skill card definition there are presented the skills acquisition within the platform, the methodology of the skill sets provision and the qualification and certification procedures. Also, the link with a national e-learning platform in the same field is described. © 2010 Springer-Verlag. Source

Messnarz R.,Austria ISCN Ltd. | Messnarz R.,ISCN LTD | Sicilia M.-A.,University of Alcala | Biro M.,Software Competence Center Hagenberg | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Software: Evolution and Process

Software Process Improvement (SPI) activities aim at driving change in information technology development towards increased quality and productivity levels. The SPI Manifesto describes the key values and principles for a successful implementation of SPI. About two-thirds of its principles relate to human, social, and organizational aspects and one-third to technical aspects. This raises the question if these aspects have a relationship with 'social responsibility' principles. The new ISO 26000:2010 standard provides guidance about social responsibility (SR), describing the core subjects and issues an organization has to consider when implementing SR. In this paper, we describe how the values and principles of the SPI Manifesto have a relationship with the SR issues described in the ISO 26000. In addition, this paper describes about the steps taken in an industry group to exchange best practices about how social strategies can be used to achieve higher acceptance and sustainability of SPI initiatives. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Source

Rahanu H.,Middlesex University | Georgiadou E.,Middlesex University | Georgiadou E.,SEEQMA Ltd. | Siakas K.,Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Software: Evolution and Process

Didactic, teacher-centred approaches and rote learning have long been discredited and gradually replaced by participative, interactive and creative learning sessions. Formal classroom sessions are being replaced or augmented by self-directed study increasingly in distance mode. The evolution and affordability of technologies enables massive participation in studies, not only for short training for professional updating but also for longer study periods and attainment of qualifications. The rapid changes in society and technology demand that everybody continuously updates their knowledge and skills in their area of expertise and gain knowledge, skills and competencies in other areas for a successful life of careers and not necessarily a career for life as was the norm in the past. It is important to safeguard the quality of independent assessment and certification methods. In this paper, we consider the main delivery methods and their impact on assessment methods and associated results. With reference to the European Certification and Qualification Association framework and the recently completed European Union co-funded Lifelong Learning Programme project VALO, we juxtapose the delivery methods used and the examination results at different partner institutions. We extract observed issues and trends, which could be principles to be adopted by future projects with regards to process improvement and performance enhancement. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Source

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