EuroSPI² 2024 Key Notes

The 2024 Key Notes will soon be displayed here.

Key notes from the previous conference in Grenoble can be viewed below.


Quality Properties - Mental Biases and A-SPICE Levels

Abstract: A-SPICE is claimed to be the standard framework for software process capability and improvement determination in the automotive industry. The research performed by the authors proved that despite the very good intentions of the workgroups and extensive guideline material, in many assessments assessors seem to favor the quality property “functional suitability” and focus on “traceability” as proof for sufficient testing the software. Other properties as outlined in the ISO 25010 like “maintainability”, “compatibility” or “reliability” as well as “portability” are despite the individual project context seldom taken into consideration in the reviewed ratings. Many SW development teams but also interviewed assessors could not explain the connection between the quality properties mentioned in ISO 25010 and the work results to be established or tailored during a regular project execution. Many show good knowledge of the base practices and consistently name A-SPICE as their work reference, while seldom it could be explained why and under which circumstances (e.g. project scope, product quality characteristics) a practice or work product should have a higher or lower priority. The question “what is the focus and goal of testing” is often replace by a solemn scope on the coverage rates. The authors explain the risks imposed by the 100 % coverage paradigm given by a single test case per requirement also known as “happy path testing” as well as providing orientation tables for exemplary project types and recommended quality property/work result prioritizations and ratings. The goal is to improve the assessor awareness and rating accuracy avoiding late discover age of false prioritizations or incomplete verification activities.

CV: Andreas Gasch is the Quality Assurance Lead E3 NextGen Platform, Head of CoC Quality ADAS/AD, at CARIAD SE in Nuremberg, Germany. Before CARIAD he worked many years at Elektrobit Automotive GmbH, Erlangen, Germany responsible for System Architecture Safety & CyberSecurity and before as senior expert quality management. He is an Automotive SPICE Principal Assessor, Functional Safety Engineer, ISO 27001 Information Security Expert, VW SQIL and active in working groups like SOQRATES.

Flavia Elena Povirnaru is a Quality Assurance Expert at CARIAD SE in Nuremberg, Germany. She is responsible for establishing the Quality Assurance Strategy and planning of Quality
Assurance activities in the context of E3 2.0 ADAS/AD Parking Function Bundle. Coaching
and supporting the teams to achieve the project goals.


Andreas Gasch,
Quality Assurance Lead E3 NextGen Platform,
CARIAD SE, Nuremberg, Germany

Flavia Elena Povirnaru,
Quality Assurance Expert,
CARIAD SE, Nuremberg, Germany

ASA Automotive Skills Alliance  - The New Initiative FLAMENCO - Strategic Cooperation Models for European Car Industry

Abstract: The ASA (Automotive Skills Alliance DRIVES)  has been formed by end of 2021 inegrating different automotive associations and members of blueprint projects for automtive to build an upskilling strategy and platform for the automotive sector.

A EuroSPI & Valeo (represented in EG-SPICE) working group for IT and software in automotive has been formed and an EuroSPI chair for ASA has been appointed. The working group is now active and participation is possible.

FLAMENCO is a new strategic project at European level where the cooperation strategies between ASA members (see ASA member list, you can join as well the European strategy) are eöaborated to build effective teams elaborating the skills stratergies and training for the automotive industry in all areas required for a future life cycle of vehicle developments.

You can find the information about the ASA working groups here. In this key note the three directors of ASA (Peter Dolejsi, Jakub Stolfa, Jozsef Tichanek) will present the first results about the futrure working models and how the European car industry already contributes or can contribute at a European strategy level.

Curriculum vitae: Petr Dolejsi was born in 1977 in Prague. He has graduated PhD. in Economics and Social policy at the University of Economics in Prague, following the Masters´ degree in Economics and Reginal policy. He also passed several courses and stages, including scholarhip at the Universite Cathollique du Louvain in Belgium.
He has started his career within the public services on different, leaving the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic at the Head of Unit post to Permanent representation in Brussels in 2004. He became member of the Presidency team in 2009 chairing the Competitiveness and Growth working party of the Council. In 2010 he joined ACEA and became a Director for Mobility and Sustainable transport, with a specific focus on CO2 policy, industrial policy and alternative

Future Scenarios for Sustainable Life Cycle Management  - How Could the Future Look Like?

Abstract: The world is changing from having different separate products and production processes to an integrated IOT world with fully networked, automated, connected and AI supported processes. When you drive a car, maybe in 15 years from now you use the mobile and connect the IT infrastructure to everything in the life. How will such a world look like, How will a life cycle management in this future work?

CV: Dr Andreas Riel is a Prof. at Grenoble INP and did his Habilitation in Innovation Management. He has 10 years experience with AVL in Austria, and works in leading industry projects with ISCN as a senior consultant since 15 years. He is and has been safety and security coach to leading automotive industry projects at supplier but also at OEM level. He is a program committee member at CIRP (world leading manufacturing engineering conference series) and member of the book editing team and program committee member of EuroSPI since many years. He is involved in leading research projects at Grenoble INP about life cycle engineering and manufacturing.

Prof. Dr Andreas Riel Grenoble INP, France

The New Cybersecurity Challenges and Demands for Automotive Organisations and Projects - an Insight View from those who developed the iNTACS materials

Abstract: INTACS has developed and rolled out ASPICE for Cybersecurity Assessor training and developed training materials to prepare assessors to rate processes like SEC.1 - SEC.4 and MAN.7 Cybersecurity Risk Management. This requires a from projects a well structured TARA (Cybersecurity Threat Analysis and Risk Assessment) and a basic understanding of automotive cybersecurity architectural frameworks. This key note will outline the expectations from autoimotive projects and provide experiences from a first year of training and assessments on the market applying ASPICE for Cybersecurity.

CVs: Thomas Liedke is the moderator of the INTACS working grpup developig the training materials and examples forAPICE for Cybersecurity and Richard Messnarz is the koderatpr of the SOQRATES group who contributed examples and explanations for the Security processes SEC.1 Cybersecurity Requirements Elicitation, SEC.2 Cybersecurity Implementation, SEC.3 Risk Treatment Verification, SEC.4 Risk Treatment Validation.

Thomas Liedke,
VECTOR Consulting Services, Stuttgart, Germany

Dr Richard Messnarz,
ISCN/SOQRATES Group, Graz, Austria

Solving the mystery of achieving Automotive Business Agility while respecting ASPICE requirements & expectations

Abstract: Agile practices are becoming widely deployed in the SW development industry. A challenging transformation is happening in the whole supply chain including OEMs, Tier x suppliers which requires a complete revamp of the different industry standards to match the new approaches for planning and managing the projects. in the era of distributed development, continuous integration and continuous delivery, the need for integration between ASPICE (as the most stable automotive industry assessment model) & the agile frameworks (i.e. SAFe Agile) is becoming more and more demanded. On the contrary, some initiatives are emerging in the automotive market to change the mindset more towards Agile approaches instead of the traditional waterfall & V Models. Some assessment models, like AgileSPICE which was recently released by represents a good trial to bridge the gap and interrupt the content of the ASPICE into more Agile languages and expressions In this work, we are going to show our experience in using ASPICE and Agile SPICE in assessing a pure SW environment which is using SAFe Agile as a process framework. In addition to adding our recommendations for Automotive suppliers to tailor some SAfe Agile recommendations to fil into the ASPICE framework.

CVs: Samer, is an Automotive SPICE Assessors. He has more than 13 years of experience in the Automotive industry. He is working in Valeo, an automotive supplier and partner to automakers worldwide, as senior expert in processes improvement and assessments. His main mission is to support the improve the current used processes for Sys & SW development to be compliant with the new emerging technologies in the automotive market like Autonomous driving, Artificial intelligence, wireless communication, cyber security As a Valeo Principal Assessor, he is leading the assessments which cover a wide range of projects in the USA, Germany, Spain, China, India, France, Czech, Ireland and Egypt.
Mostafa, is a process improvement engineer in Valeo, his main mission is to drive the knowledge sharing practices in Valeo egypt across all the new aspice assessors in addition to being responsible for IATF 16949 & ISO 9001 audits for the organisation QMS

CVs: Peter, is the Founder of PEDCO and the Creator of Applied SAFe. He is a Certified Consultant in the “Scaled Agile Framework” since 2012, as well as in “Disciplined Agile Delivery” and scrum. Peter was in the first-ever SAFe class held in Switzerland with Dean Leffingwell as his trainer. Peter Pedross has experience in agile practices (XP) since 1999. Peter holds a master's in Software Engineering, a master's in management psychology, and a Diploma in Quality Management from EFQA. In the course of his career, he has authored publications and given lectures on the topics of Agile, DevOps, Scaled Agility in Regulated Environments, Architecture, Process Engineering, and Lean-Agile Requirements Engineering in the USA, Japan, and Europe. He has over 30 years of experience in software development. As the architect of the process framework of one of the leading Swiss financial institutions, he was responsible for the entire set of life cycles (including agile), processes, methods, and tools used. Over the years, hundreds of projects worldwide used this process framework and continually improved. Peter Pedross is the President of the board for Computer Science at the Swiss Association for Quality (SAQ). He is also a member of the board at SAQ. Peter Pedross also leads the Non-Profit special interest group on scaling agility in Switzerland.

Mostafa Elsherif, Valeo Process improvement engineer
and ASPICE provisional Assessor, VALEO

Samer Sameh is a principal ASPICE Assessor,
SAFe program consultant and Valeo
senior process improvement manager, VALEO

Peter Pedros,
Founder of PEDCO and
the Creator of Applied SAFe, PEDCO, Switzerland

Large Websites for Organizations have to become more interactive

Abstract: It is strange to note that Social Networks, e-Learning Modules and Computer games on the net offer all kinds of interactivity between contents, users and even administrators, but large Websites of companies developed for customers very often do not offer any such kind of facility. Typically, if one studies a large Website and finds an issue interesting, yet one needs more information than is available, one is usually stuck. Ways to send a message or a question beyond examining FAQ lists are rarely offered. If one is lucky, one does find a phone-number. Dialing, one usually ends in a long waiting line, supposedly made more pleasant by a bit of music. If finally a person does answer, the person is no specialist and cannot really help except possibly by redirecting the call (to another waiting line). It would be technically easy to offer on any page of the Website a ”Feedback” button, that allows to send messages or queries. Yet companies hate this idea, simply because of the avalanche of messages ending up on someone’s desk, who is also not an expert in most areas. The obvious solution is to define for every Webpage or set of Webpages one or more experts, so nobody is getting an avalanche and questions end up with someone who can provide good answers. In this presentation we show examples of this approach, but also indicate that one should go much further: If someone has a question, probably there are other users who have the same question. So it makes sense to make questions and answers publicly visible, and even allow communication between users with similar problems. The speaker has implemented with his group a fairly sophisticated system going much beyond what just has been explained. Features of this system will be shown, including the provision of group rights, of high resolution pictures, of sophisticated search not restricted to text, notes including links or media object attached not just to text, but also to parts of pictures, and more. The system is available for first tries for a token sum, but can (and has been) also used for major applications.

CVs: Studied mathematics in Austria and Canada. Systems Analyst with the Government of Saskatchewan, Canada (1963); Researcher at the IBM Laboratory Vienna 1964 - 1966. Dr. phil. (Mathematics) from the University of Vienna in 1965. Professor of Computer Science at the University of Calgary 1966-1971, University of Karlsruhe 1971-1977, from 1978 TU Graz. Visiting professor at universities in Denver and Dallas (USA), Brasilia (Brazil), Waterloo (Canada), Auckland (NZ), Perth (Australia). Awards: ADV Prize for services to information processing in Austria, Integrata Prize (for humane use of information technology) 2000, 2001 Austrian Cross of Honor for Art and Science First Class and 2001 Great Decoration of Honor from the Province of Styria. Honorary doctorate from St. Petersburg in 1991, from Karlsruhe in 2002 and from Calgary in 2007. Member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and member of the Academia Europaea in various functions. Publications: 20 books, over 750 scientific articles. Head of several large industrial and research projects. Successful supervision of over 500 diploma theses and 60 dissertations or habilitation theses. (Co) founder of 21 companies, over 1100 lectures.
Research areas: formal languages, algorithms and data structures, web-based learning environments, computer-aided new media and dynamic symbolic languages. Main interest since 2009: New technologies and knowledge structuring in the WWW. This resulted in, and


Professor H. Maurer, Ph.D., MAE
Former Member of the Board, Academia Europaea and
Professor, School of Computer Science,
Graz University of Technology, Austria