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Conducting Automotive SPICE Assessments

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Seminar Content

This five-day course is designed to give the attendee a detailed understanding of Automotive SPICE and methods for assessing software development processes.

The Automotive SPICE Process Assessment Model is used to perform conformant assessments of the software process capability in the development of automotive systems in accordance with the requirements of ISO/IEC 33002.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to apply the evaluation methods used in Automotive SPICE to assess and improve your company’s processes. Methods to integrate Automotive SPICE with both ISO 26262 (Functional Safety) and IATF 16949 (Automotive Quality Management Systems) will be covered in class.

The auditing guidelines of ISO 19011—including the audit process and methodologies, e. g., planning and conducting an audit, writing nonconformity statements, preparing an audit summary and report, and verifying corrective actions—and their application in an Automotive SPICE developmental environment will be covered. Case studies from the automotive industry to develop skills for identifying nonconformities will be used.

Who Should Attend

The seminar has been developed for professionals in system and software engineering (architects, developers, test engineers, etc.), process managers, project managers, consultants, quality managers and other participants involved with development projects of software and electronics companies in the automotive industry.

The second part of the seminar (assessment) is primarily designed for those performing assessments, but can also be valuable for Software Managers, ASPICE Implementers, Quality Assurance Managers, ASPICE Implementation and/or Transition Team Members, and all others who would like to develop competency in Automotive SPICE.

Recommended Training and/or Experience

We recommend the participants have some experience in the development of complex technical systems or in process optimization. Background in developing embedded systems projects, software systems projects, quality management systems, or functional safety will be helpful.

A basic understanding of project management, quality management and system and software engineering processes is helpful, but not required.

Seminar Materials

Each participant will receive a seminar manual and a breakout workbook that includes a running case study of an Automotive Software Project to illustrate an Automotive SPICE audit.

Seminar Goals

  • Detailed understanding of what Automotive SPICE PAM 3.0 is and the motivation behind the model
  • Detailed understanding of process capability levels 1 (HIS-Scope), 2 and 3
  • Detailed understanding of traceability requirements according to Automotive SPICE
  • Understanding of how to evaluate process risks and drive process improvements
  • Understanding of how Automotive SPICE integrates with other standards (ISO 26262 and IATF 16949)
  • Sufficient knowledge and understanding of the assessment process according to Automotive SPICE
  • Detailed understanding of how to perform internal and/or second party assessments
  • Understanding of how to rate and determine the capability level

Seminar Outline

Day One

  • Introduction to Automotive SPICE: Definition, History, Structure, Key Concepts
    • Breakout Exercise – Project Management (MAN.3)
  • Understanding Automotive SPICE Requirements (SYS.2, SW.1)
    • Breakout Exercise – Requirements (SYS.2, SW.1)

Day Two

  • Understanding Architectural, Design, Implementation, and Testing (SYS.3, SW.2, SW.3)
    • Breakout Exercise – Testing (SW.4, SW.5, SW.6, SYS.4, SYS.5)
  • Supporting Processes and Supplier Monitoring (SUP.8, SUP.9, SUP.10, ACQ.4)
    • Breakout Exercise – Quality Assurance (SUP.1)

Day Three

  • Understanding Capability Levels 2 and 3
    • Breakout Exercise – Evaluation of PA 2.1 and 2.2
    • Breakout Exercise – Evaluation of PA 3.1 and 3.2
  • Integration of Automotive SPICE with ISO 26262 and IATF 16949
    • Breakout Exercise – Mapping HIS ASPICE Processes to IATF 16949 Clauses
    • Breakout Exercise – Mapping ASPICE to ISO 26262
    • Breakout Exercise – Scenario Evaluation (SUP.9)
  • ASPICE Final Exam

Day Four

  • Introduction to Assessment Programs
  • Assessment Planning and Preparation
    • Breakout Exercise – Creating Assessment Plan and Schedule
  • Performing the Assessment
  • Audit Findings and Nonconformity Statements
  • Reporting the Assessment Results

Day Five

  • Assessment Follow-up
    • Breakout Exercise – Performing Automotive SPICE Assessment

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