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SPICE 2017 : 17th International Conference Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination


Conference Series : Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination
When Oct 4, 2017 - Oct 5, 2017
Where Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Submission Deadline Jun 2, 2017
Notification Due Jul 7, 2017
Final Version Due Jul 21, 2017

Call For Papers


SPICE 2017 - The 17th International Conference Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination

University of the Balearic Islands (UIB)
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Dates: 4-5 October, 2017

Conference website -

Submission link -

Submission deadline - June 2, 2017

SPICE2017, the seventeenth International Conference on Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination in Software, Systems Engineering and Service Management, is to be held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain from 4 - 5 October, 2017 hosted on behalf of the SPICE User Group by the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB).
The conference will have a strong focus and special track on Agility ñ the application of assessment based improvement to agile development, and the implementation of flexible and agile processes - as well as the application of process assessment for risk determination, including approaches for identification of process related risk, and for the management of risks identified through assessment.
We are in important times as the user community transitions from the ISO/IEC 15504 series of standards to the emerging ISO/IEC 3300xx family of standards on Process Assessment and as the standardisation community looks towards new innovative concepts in process quality and organisational maturity.

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference.
Contributions will be accepted in following formats:
* Research (full) papers (maximum 14 pages)
* Industry (short) papers (maximum 8 pages)

Research (full) papers should describe innovative and significant work in process modelling, assessment and improvement, particularly relating to the application of the Standards for Process Assessment, which is relevant across the information technology industry generally.

Industrial experience reports (short papers) should describe practical experiences related to process assessment and improvement across any of the domains of software engineering, systems engineering and IT service management.

All papers must be submitted electronically as MS-Word or Latex files through the EasyChair submission link†, and a copy sent by email to
All paper submissions will be reviewed by members of the Programme Committee, with those judged best to meet the aims of the Conference selected for presentation.
Papers must conform to the Springer CCIS format, identical to the LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) format. Please see the SPICE 2017 website ( for complete author guidelines. Full Papers must not exceed 14 pages and Industry papers must not exceed 8 pages.


Conference Proceedings

It is expected that all accepted research papers and extended abstracts of industrial experience reports will be published in the Conference Proceedings by Springer-Verlag as part of the CCIS (Communications in Computer and Information Science) book series.
Note: For a paper to be published in the proceedings, Springer requires one author to sign a copyright release form. In addition, at least one of the authors must register (paid in full) to attend SPICE 2017 to present the paper. All papers will be published in both print and digital format (therefore all digital source files (doc/docx/latex/pictures, etc.) must be submitted).

Journal Special Issues

We expect (further details will appear on the conference website shortly) that selected authors of best research and industry papers will be invited to submit extended and enhanced papers for consideration for publication in:
* Computer Standards and Interfaces (5-Year Impact Factor: 1.453) published by Elsevier
* Software Quality Professional, published by American Society for Quality (ASQ)


* The application of assessment based improvement to agile development;
* The definition and implementation of flexible and agile processes;
* Model based improvement;
* Determination of risk, based on results of process assessment;
* Knowledge and skills for process assessment and improvement;
* Assessment approaches applied to agile development;
* Lean process improvement;
* Definition of process quality characteristics to support process improvement;
* Empirical studies on characteristics of high maturity organizations;
* Processes and process models applicable to integrated management systems;
* Emerging process reference and assessment models;
* New concepts for process capability and maturity models;
* Use of process assessment in domains outside software, systems engineering and service management;
* Conformity assessment approaches and schemes for process assessment;
* New measurement and rating frameworks;
* The role of situational context in process definition, adaptation and assessment.

Areas of application

* Software, systems engineering and service management;
* Automotive systems and software;
* Aerospace systems and software;
* Medical device and healthcare systems and software;
* Enterprise systems;
* Management systems;
* Functional safety and security;
* Financial institutions and banks;
* Innovation, knowledge and technology transfer;
* Test process improvement;
* Small and very small enterprises;
* IT and public procurement.


Call for Papers 27 February, 2017
Full paper and short paper submission 2 June 2017
Notification of acceptance 7 July, 2017
Preliminary programme 14 July, 2017
Deadline for author registration 14 July, 2017
Final camera ready paper due 21 July, 2017
Conference 4 - 5 October, 2017


Conference Committee
* General Chair: Alec Dorling (Impronova, Sweden)
* Program Chair: Terry Rout (Griffith University, Australia)
* Proceedings Editor: Prof. Rory O'Connor (Dublin City University, Ireland)

Local Organising Committee
* Dr. Antonia Mas (University of the Balearic Islands, Spain)
* Dr. Antoni Mesquida (University of the Balearic Islands, Spain)
* Milos Jovanovic (University of Novi Sad, Serbia)

Program Committee
* Beatrix Barafort (Luxembourg)
* Luigi Buglione (Italy)
* Aileen Cater-Steel (Australia)
* Paul Clarke (Ireland)
* FranÁois Coallier (Canada)
* Antonio Coletta (Italy)
* Onur Demirors (Turkey)
* Fabrizio Fabbrini (Italy)
* Dennis Goldenson (USA)
* Christiane Gresse von Wangenheim (Brazil)
* Victora Hailey (Canada)
* Linda Ibrahim (USA)
* J¯rn Johansen (Denmark)
* Ravindra Joshi (India)
* Ho-Won Jung (South Korea)
* Giuseppe Lami (Italy)
* Marion Lepmets (Ireland)
* Dr. Antoni Mesquida (Spain)
* Catriona Mackie (United Kingdom)
* Antonia Mas Pichaco (Spain)
* Fergal McCaffery (Ireland)
* Antanas Mitasiunas (Lithuania)
* Takeshige Miyoshi (Japan)
* Risto Nevalainen (Finland)
* Mark Paulk (USA)
* Saulius Ragaisos (Lithuania)
* Alain Renault (Luxembourg)
* Patricia Rodriguez-Dapena (Spain)
* Clenio Salviano (Brazil)
* Jean-Martin Simon (France)
* Fritz Stallinger (Austria)
* Timo Varkoi (Finland)
* Bharathi Vijayakumar (India)
* Larry Wen (Australia)
* Murat Yilmaz (Turkey)


For technical matters:
* Terry Rout T.Rout AT
* Alec Dorling info AT

For local arrangements:
* Dr. Antonia Mas antonia.mas AT
* Dr. Antoni Mesquida antoni.mesquida AT

For proceedings matters:
* Prof. Rory O'Connor spice AT

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