1   Introduction and Overview

This chapter consists of three parts: Section 1.1 deals with the question of why there is an increasing trend in the application of maturity models. Section 1.2 briefly explores the history of the maturity models, in particular with regard to the competing models CMMI®1, SPICE, and Automotive SPICE™2, and emerging trends. Section 1.3 explains the basic structures of Automotive SPICE that are needed to understand subsequent chapters.

1.1    Introducing the Subject Matter

In today’s globalized world economy, products and services are rarely developed in isolation by a single company. Manufacturers are increasingly forced to develop their products within a whole network of in-house development centers, suppliers, and ...

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