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Description and Evaluation of the SPICE Phase One Trials Assessments

: Goldenson, D.R.; Emam, K. el

International Software Consulting Network, Bray:
Practical Improvement of Software Processes and Products. A multimethod view of process improvement
Brighton, 1996
pp.128-140 : Ill., Lit.
International Software Collaboration Networks Congress (ISCN) <3, 1996, Brighton>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IESE ()

The SPICE (Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination) project aims to deliver an international standard on software process assessment. Unique among software engineering standards efforts, there is an empirical trials activity as part of the SPICE project. The first phase of theses trials was completed in calendar year 1995. During phase one, data was collected to evaluate design decisions of the SPICE framework and the usability of the core SPICE documents. In this paper we describe these assessments and present an evaluation of some of the documents based on 35 assessments conducted during phase one of the SPICE trials. The resutls indicate that the SPICE framework is in general sound, but they also highlight some potential weaknesses. Since the completion of these trials, the SPICE documents have been revised taking the trials results into account.