When a company considers implementing the ASPICE model, usually one question pop-up: can we achieve a return on investment? In this blog post, we examine the topic of ASPICE training ROI. Firstly, let’s talk about the costs of implementing ASPICE. When planning our project, we need to take into account that training costs are much more than the price of traveling, training and the exam/certification fees. Quite often the critical -hidden- costs are the time spent on training and the missing support and achievements in the projects during that time. In general, at any time there seem to be good reasons for postponing an Automotive SPICE® training due to budgetary or workload reasons. But working under this model does have a long list of benefits and is entirely possible to achieve a return on investment in the short or the mid-term.
What is an Automotive SPICE® Assessment? Automotive SPICE®, also known as ASPICE, is a standard used as a framework for improving and evaluating processes. The focus is on processes for development of software-based systems. An ASPICE Assessment is a systematic evaluation of the capability level an organizational unit’s processes against the ASPICE model. In other words, in an assessment your current processes are mapped to and compared with the best practices for software and software-based system development for the automotive industry. Why is an Automotive SPICE® Assessment important?
During my years in the medical technology industry I was able to observe a relatively small organization working many years on continuous and incremental improvement of a single core product. Reuse was an automatic result of our focus on a single core application domain and a single product that was evolved over the years. The connection to the customers was loose and delays were never more than an embarrassment.When I moved into the automobile industry the picture changed. I was a member of a large, internationally distributed department. We were working on multiple customer projects in parallel. Most of these projects had huge similarities but every single one had its unique distinguishing factors as well.
During the week from Dec 3rd to Dec 7th we lead a very successful training workshop “Automotive SPICE® for Managers” at a customer in Detroit. 20 managers met outside the office for 2 days, in order to focus on how to drive the change to establish accepted processes. Firstly, we ensured that we are all on the same page according to motivation, objectives and roadmap. We shared some recent experiences and lessons learned and identified the different personal motivations for the same objective of having accepted processes well established. In a teamwork atmosphere a strategy, approaches and plans were developed and already some concrete actions were derived.
The central topics of this Automotive Expert Conference end of November 2018 were: a) Autonomous Driving b) Electrification c) Big Data d) Cyber Security Cultural and Ethical aspects of electrified and autonomous driving were shown as future main considerations in governmental activities as well as for the development of software algorithms. The sensoric concepts of autonomous vehicles are currently very much different between the existing prototype applications all over the world and it seems appropriate to consider a maximal diversified approach in order to mimick human sensoric.
The automotive industry is getting more and more complex every day. The primary challenge shifted from the mechanical aspect of the car to a more technological approach: the software. ASPICE or Automotive SPICE® is a model “which defines processes and best practices for software and software-based system development, especially for the automotive industry.”¹ Implementing ASPICE in your company has remarkable benefits, here is a list of some of them.