Enabling Local SPI in a Multi-National Company

  • Peter Fröhlich
  • Horst Lichter
  • Manfred Zeller
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2188)


ABB has a long tradition of improving software processes and of applying CMM in SPI projects. This paper presents the structure and results of a company-wide SPI initiative called ASPI. The initiative aims to complement the existing local SPI projects by harmonizing processes, methods and tools to be used in R&D software development throughout ABB in a common framework. We give an overview of the structure of this framework and present in detail the common decision model for product development projects, which forms an important part of the framework. This model is generic and has to be tailored to the needs of local ABB R&D units. We conclude by discussing the experiences gained during introducing the decision model and give a brief outlook on the SPI activities planned in the future.


Common Framework Software Process Improvement Line Organization Gate Model Product Development Project 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Fröhlich
    • 1
  • Horst Lichter
    • 2
  • Manfred Zeller
    • 1
  1. 1.ABB Corporate Research Center HeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceRWTH AachenGermany

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