EuroSPI² 2021 Key Notes

Challenges to become a software enabled car company from a quality perspective

Abstract: Volkswagen announced in 2020/2021 to become a software enabled car company. This
goes a long with the big challenge to achieve a good quality rating from the user
perspective and an Automotive SPICE Level 2 in all our software products.
Within this presentation we’ll give a short overview view of the challenges we are
currently facing, both from technical point of view and from the quality point of
view and how we are going to address them especially from the software process
improvement perspective.

CV: Haiko Etzel is currently working in the software quality department for supplier
quality. He studied mathematics at the university of applied science in Flensburg.
After developing about 8 years different types of software he started to be
interested first in to software testing and then very soon with software quality. In
2012 he started in the quality departed of IAV GmbH in Gifhorn, Germany where he
leaded an improvement project to reach an Automotive SPICE Level 1 in an OEM
Assessment. In 2019 he joined the Volkswagen Group in the quality department and is
now conducting a lot of Automotive SPICE Assessments at different suppliers and also


Haiko Etzel, Volkswagen AG, Germany

ASA Automotive Skills Alliance - Integrating European Blueprint Projects into a European Alliance

Abstract: DRIVES as a European Blueprint project developed a Learn-Compass platform for the Automotive and will establish in 2021 a DRIVES FRamework Platform supporting a future ASA (Automotive Skills Alliance).  ALBATTS as a European BLUEPRINT project develops a skills agenda for E-Mobility and electrification in Europe.

Both projects are under the guidance of the ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association and established recently an ASA (Automotive Skills Alliance) for Europe.

Curriculum vitae: Petr Dolejsi was born in 1977 in Prague. He has graduated PhD. in Economics and Social policy at the University of Economics in Prague, following the Masters´ degree in Economics and Reginal policy. He also passed several courses and stages, including scholarhip at the Universite Cathollique du Louvain in Belgium.
He has started his career within the public services on different, leaving the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic at the Head of Unit post to Permanent representation in Brussels in 2004. He became member of the Presidency team in 2009 chairing the Competitiveness and Growth working party of the Council. In 2010 he joined ACEA and became a Director for Mobility and Sustainable transport, with a specific focus on CO2 policy, industrial policy and alternative

VR in the industry – Gamechanger or still playground

Abstract: VR (as well as AR, MR & XR) is announced to be a multibillion $ market for years already. The examples are widely spread, still the question is there “Is it worth it?”. High costs in production and uncertainty in hardware are giving the industry a big problem, that they have to deal with it. Fast changed are problematic as well as Human Computer Interaction problems that still need to be solved. Examples and a broad approach here will try to give a good overview on the current situation as well as the problems and “exotic” solutions to this.

CV: Prof. Reiner is giving lectures in Software application and modern IT Communication since several years at the IMC university of applied sciences of Krems and is an expert on VR/AR/MR and 360videos and social media and web 2.0 matters. He is a well-known speaker in Europe on matters of European certifications and ECQA as well as software matters. As part of the curriculum revision team in his school, he has a long time of experience in allocating ECTS and learning outcomes to within the development of curriculum.Prof. Reiner was leading the following project EQN 2005 – 2007 European Quality network, EU Cert Campus 2008 – 2009 – creating a European training platform underlying ECQA, which directly resulted in the founding of ECQA and ECQA GmbH.

Gamification Implementation in Automotive SW Development Environment to Increase Teams Engagement

Abstract: Engagement of different teams in complex organizations lead team members to be more productive, more motivated and lower the possibility of quitting. Gamification is one of the tools that we can rely on to increase different teams’ engagement. Gamification is known as a fun increasing factor in doing the normal day-to-day work while achieving the desired objectives. In this paper, we present a Gamification framework that can be used to achieve our defined engagement drives. In addition, we are presenting our practical experience in applying some gamification strategies and approaches into one of the most complex sectors which is the Automotive sector, in which there is a paradigm shift especially with all of these new technologies like, Autonomous driving, Artificial intelligence, machine learning, wireless communication and cyber security.

CVs: Samer, Khaled and Mourad are Automotive SPICE Assessors, IATF 16949 and ISO 9001. They have more than 10 years of experience in the Automotive industry. They are working in Valeo, an automotive supplier and partner to automakers worldwide, as experts in processes improvement and assessments. Their main mission is to perfrom processes improvement intitaive to improve the currently used processes for Sys & SW development to be compliant with the new emerging technologies in the automotive market like Autonomous driving, Artificial intelligence, wireless communication, cyber security. As Valeo Assessors, they lead the assessments which cover a wide range of projects in USA, Germany, Spain, China, India, France, Czech, Ireland and Egypt.

Link to Automotive Supplier VALEO.

Cultural Diversity – Building Up a Network of Standardised Expert Skills for Cultural Heritage of the European Union

Abstract: According to the climate change and energy policy of the EU, each member state needed to identify and develop a series of energy efficient goals and regulations, of which buildings are a key element, in order to reach the set goals. However, Europe has numerous traditional buildings, which need permanent maintenance and refurbishment in order to fulfil the requirements of sustainability and use. When responsible bodies do spend money anyway, it seems logical and ecologically worthwhile to apply “soft” maintenance procedures, which save costs and also reduce energy consumption of traditional buildings in the long-run. Integrating these buildings into national climate change and energy policies seems therefore quite necessary and a challenge, as far as appropriate techniques and procedures are concerned, which can only be met through excellently trained professionals (e.g. architects, site and maintenance managers, craftspersons) and apprentices of the works concerned. PRO-Heritage partners aim to offer initial and permanent education for professionals and craftspersons providing traditional competences and skills for built heritage, based on Best Practice of partner organisations. Additionally, PRO-Heritage is going to establish a structure and environment for regular journeyman's travel in Europe, in order to further support the exchange and safeguarding of competences and skills across Europe.

CVs: Burghauptmann Reinhold Sahl is the head of Burghauptmannschaft Österreich since 2010. He studied Law at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and completed a training as professional officer at the Military Academy Wiener Neustadt. Most of his military career he was involved in the facility management of military buildings. In his function as Burghauptmann, he is very keen to maintain and develop relevant competences and modern technologies for Cultural Heritage. BHOe is an executive office of the Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs and is responsible for the maintenance and administration of the Cultural Heritage of Austria. About 110 famous historic buildings like Hofburg Vienna (Imperial Palace Vienna and Prince Eugene of Savoy´s summer residency Belvedere Palace (Austrian Gallery Belverede) are included. Within this presentation we will give a brief overview of the challenges we are facing currently and how we are going to address these by training offers and software use.

CVs: Gerald Wagenhofer is the managing director of UBW, a consultancy company based in Austria. After a technical education in material engineering, he studied business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. His career started as controller in large companies. For 30 years, he is working as business consultant in different industries, like public sector, biopharmaceuticals, logistics and cultural heritage. He holds certificates as Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Scrum Master, Maintenance Manager and Trainer for Cultural Heritage. UBW offers innovative services in the sector of management consulting and training to customers of various sizes. Target groups for these services are service organisations mainly in the public sector. The main topics are organisational reform, process improvement and support for (EU-)funded projects. Due to projects in the field of Cultural Heritage, UBW has a vast experience in Cultural Heritage Management and creates a large network of Cultural Heritage Organisations. In this keynote, we will introduce the H2020 project PRO-Heritage and the EAC pilot project INCREAS, which both deal with competences and skills to tackle best the upcoming challenges in Cultural Heritage Sector.

Reinhold Sahl

Gerald Wagenhofer