Automotive Knowledge Alliance AQUA – Integrating Automotive SPICE, Six Sigma, and Functional Safety

  • Christian Kreiner
  • Richard Messnarz
  • Andreas Riel
  • Damjan Ekert
  • Michael Langgner
  • Dick Theisens
  • Michael Reiner
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 364)


This paper discusses (based on the EU project AQUA) how the core elements of three complementary approaches and standards can be integrated into one compact skill set with training and best practices to be applied. In this project experts from Automotive SPICE (ISO 15504), Functional Safety (ISO 26262) and Lean Six Sigma collaborate. In a first analysis the experts identified an architecture of core elements where all three approaches fit together and where a holistic view about improvement is needed. The Automotive Clusters from Austria and Slovenia are trial partners and will roll out this knowledge in pilot courses to the industry. Other Automotive Clusters showed interest and will join the trial phase.


Automotive SPICE Functional Safety Lean Six Sigma Integrated View 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Kreiner
    • 1
  • Richard Messnarz
    • 2
  • Andreas Riel
    • 3
  • Damjan Ekert
    • 2
  • Michael Langgner
    • 4
  • Dick Theisens
    • 5
  • Michael Reiner
    • 6
  1. 1.Graz University of TechnologyAustria
  2. 2.ISCN LTD/GesmbHIreland and Austria
  3. 3.EMIRACLE AssociationBelgium
  4. 4.Automotive Cluster AustriaAustria
  5. 5.Symbol BVNetherlands
  6. 6.European Certification and Qualification AssociationEurope

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