SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Automotive Industry Action Group is adding to its quality training portfolio through an expanded partnership with VDA, Germany's automotive quality standards and guidelines organization. New in the AIAG line-up is training designed to develop personnel to conduct VDA's Automotive SPICE assessment.
Automotive SPICE, which stands for Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination, is a worldwide software development capability assessment methodology used for rating and qualification of suppliers of software and software-based systems. The AIAG training includes two courses: one for "Provisional" or co-assessors and one for "Competent" or lead assessors. These courses prepare future assessors for the Automotive SPICE certification exam through practical exercises and discussions.
The training includes:
- Overview of the assessment process, including interview techniques and document reviews
- Process understanding of the original standards ISO/IEC 15504 and ISO/IEC 330xx
- Planning, leading, and conducting Automotive SPICE assessments
- Assessment reporting
- Coaching of future assessors
"Products with embedded software (powertrain, safety systems, infotainment) have a major impact on vehicle performance and customer perceptions of initial quality," says Scott Gray, AIAG's director of quality products and services. "The new IATF 16949 global automotive quality standard requires organizations to assess their software development processes, and AIAG's alignment with VDA's Automotive SPICE assessment methodology provides our members with the training needed to meet these new requirements."
Gray says the requirement in IATF 16949 also extends to purchased parts with embedded software, so the assessment of software development capabilities will be required of both Tier One and Tier Two suppliers.
Created by the auto industry for the auto industry, AIAG is a not-for-profit organization with more than 34 years' experience working with OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government, and academia to collaboratively drive down costs and streamline the complexity of the supply chain through global standards and harmonized business practices. There are more than 1,500 AIAG member companies, including Arctic Cat, Caterpillar, FCA — North America, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Harley-Davidson, Honda of America Manufacturing, Nissan North America, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Volkswagen Group of America, and many of their part suppliers and service providers.
Contact: Greg Creason
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SOURCE Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)