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# Welcome to aSPIRE!

aSPIRE - *A*dvanced *S*oftware *P*rocess *I*mprovement *Re*pository -
is a knowledge base of software development practices and
recommendations derived from empirical research carried out at Lero,
the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre.

## Components

aSPIRE comprises three components:

* The aSPIRE Knowledge Base, for which this page is the entry point;
* The [aSPIRE Advisor](advisor/consult.html), that derives relevant
  recommendations from the Knowledge Base to address specific
  situations;
* The [aSPIRE Simulator](simulator), that can show how the
  recommendations and practices
  in the aSPIRE Knowledge Base would affect a hypothetical or actual
  real-world development effort.
  
  
## Lero Research Projects

Lero has research projects investigating a wide range of issues and
domains related to software development, including [Agile methods](),
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* [ALPS](http://www.lero.ie/project/alps) Agile and Lean Project
  Management and Scaling.
* [OPS](http://www.lero.ie/project/ops) Open Software Engineering. 
* [PAISEAN](http://www.lero.ie/project/paisean0) Plan-driven, Agile,
  Inner-Source Environment Analysis Network.
* [SPRTMDRC](http://www.lero.ie/project/sprtmdrc0) Software Processes
  and Roadmaps for Medical Device Regulatory Compliance.
* [MANYCORE](http://www.lero.ie/project/manycore)
 	Understanding Software Performance on Many-Core Systems.