Development of the Project Management SPICE (PMSPICE) Framework

  • Antoni-Lluís Mesquida
  • Antònia Mas
  • Marion Lepmets
  • Alain Renault
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 477)


This paper proposes the development of a project management process assessment framework (PMSPICE). The paper describes three stages for the construction of the proposed PMSPICE process models. PMSPICE will include a process reference model (PRM), a process assessment model (PAM) and an organizational maturity model (OMM). The PMSPICE PRM is based on the project management processes defined in the ISO 21500 standard. The PMSPICE PAM will be used to perform ISO/IEC 15504 conformant assessments of the project management process capability in accordance with the requirements of ISO/IEC 15504-2. The processes also support compliance with OMM established in ISO/IEC TR 15504-7.


Project management process improvement ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE) ISO 21500 Process Reference Model (PRM) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antoni-Lluís Mesquida
    • 1
  • Antònia Mas
    • 1
  • Marion Lepmets
    • 2
  • Alain Renault
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of the Balearic IslandsPalma de MallorcaSpain
  2. 2.Regulated Software research CentreDundalk Institute of TechnologyDundalkIreland
  3. 3.Public Research Centre Henri TudorLuxembourgLuxembourg

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