Quality in software development

As a software developer, the maturity of your processes is a key criterion. With an assessment according to ISO/IEC 15504, also known as SPICE, you can determine your strengths and weaknesses and incorporate them into improvement cycles. SPICE allows the integration of industry-specific assessments such as Automotive SPICE® 3.0, which is consistently aligned with the needs of the industry. But you can also apply SPICE to your external suppliers of hardware and software.

Reduction of risks and failure costs

Recognized proof of your development competence

Continuous improvement of your processes

Observance of best practices in the assessment model

Beschreibung Standard/Regelwerk

What is ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)?

ISO/IEC 15504 is an international standard for the evaluation of business processes through corresponding assessments. The name "SPICE" (Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination) is the project name from the development period of the standard. It was developed in several stages starting in 1993 and received standard status in 2006 under the designation ISO/IEC 15504.

SPICE considers on the one hand the improvement of processes within the own organization and on the other hand the determination of process capability. Therefore, the standard contains requirements for process reference models (PRM) for process description as well as process assessment models (PAM) with criteria and methods for their evaluation.

The capability or maturity dimension, which divides a development process into six levels from "incomplete" to "optimizing", is considered to be a particularly useful component for practice. Since 2015, ISO has been successively transferring the ten-part set of rules to the new ISO/IEC 330xx series of standards.


Why is ISO/IEC 15504 useful for your company?

With an assessment according to ISO/IEC 15504, you can make strengths and weaknesses within your development processes visible. In addition to the continuous optimization of your processes, the certificate also gives you a visible sign to the outside world. In supplier assessments, for example, the process maturity level can be recognized by customers.


How does the certification according to ISO / IEC 15504 work?

In the first step, you discuss your company, your management system and the goals of ISO/IEC 15504 certification with us. On this basis, you will promptly receive a detailed and transparent offer, tailored to your individual needs.

Processes can be selected individually, such as engineering processes or configuration management. When assessing suppliers, for example, the manufacturer initiative Software in the Automotive Industry (HIS) has agreed on 15 processes. The assessment of process maturity is performed using a valid assessment model, e.g. ISO 15504 Part 5 or Automotive SPICE® based on the requirements of ISO 15504. The certification services depend on

  • Scope, complexity and locations of your company
  • Number of relevant processes
  • Cross-site processes

After the certification audit, the results are evaluated by the independent certification board of DQS. You will receive an audit report that documents the audit results and identifies the need for action and your potential for improvement. If all requirements are met, you will receive an internationally recognized certificate.

To ensure that your company continues to meet all important requirements after the certification audit, we conduct surveillance audits on an annual basis. This provides competent support for the continuous improvement of your management system and business processes.


What does certification to ISO/IEC 15504 cost?

The costs for certification according to ISO/IEC 15504 depend on the scope and complexity of your assessment. Therefore, it is not possible to give a flat rate for the costs. We will be happy to prepare an individual offer based on your requirements!


What you can expect from us

  • More than 35 years of experience in the certification of management systems and processes
  • Our specialists are there for you personally
  • Auditors with practical experience in the industry

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