||Spice: is a capability maturity model applicable in the construction industry?
||Sarshar M, Finnemore M, Haigh R, Goulding J
||Currently the UK construction industry is in search of continuous processimprovement mechanisms, in order to improve quality and reduceconstruction time and costs. Likewise the software industry has been insearch of process improvement frameworks, in the past decade. TheCapability Maturity Model (CMM), developed by the Carnegie MellonUniversity, is one of the most widely adopted process improvementinitiatives, within the software industry. Many of the basic processimprovement concepts in CMM appear generic and could potentially beapplied in construction. A recent research project at Salford University setitself the task of investigating if CMM is applicable in the constructionindustry. The project is titled SPICE (Standardised Process Improvement forConstruction Enterprises). SPICE is in search of a systematic step by stepprocess improvement framework for the construction industry. Itinvestigates whether the CMM framework and concepts can be reused inconstruction. SPICE has conducted several experiments to assess theapplicability of CMM to the construction industry. So far the results showthat most of the basic process improvement concepts of CMM areapplicable. However, the CMM framework is not applicable in its currentform. Much further research is needed to integrate the appropriate processimprovement concepts from CMM and other research to develop a processimprovement framework for the construction industry. In general theconstruction industry appears a more mature industry in its sharedunderstanding of customs and working practices. Industry standards anddata are more readily available. However, major problems stem from thesupply chain arrangements. Also the cost of process improvement initiativessuch as CMM may be too high for the construction SMEs, on most projects.This paper discusses the SPICE experiments undertaken to date. It highlights why the CMM framework can not be applied in construction in itspresent form and suggests future research directions.
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Sarshar M, Finnemore M, Haigh R, Goulding J (1999).
Spice: is a capability maturity model applicable in the construction industry?. Lacasse M A, Vanier D J (ed.); Information technology in construction, volume 4, ISBN 0-660-17743-9; Vancouver, May 30 - June 3, Canada (ISSN: 2706-6568),