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Welcome to aSPIRE!
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aSPIRE
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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.

aSPIRE also includes _virtual advisor_ to distill the practices and
insights from the aSPIRE knowledge base into a set of
recommendations tailored to a specific situation as specified by a
project manager or technical lead who is consulting the advisor.



Components
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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
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Lero has research projects investigating a wide range of issues and
domains related to software development, including [Agile methods](),
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domains related to software development:

-   [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

Aspire Workshop
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These industry focused, empirically grounded projects produce
insights, models, and practices that will be incorporated into aSPIRE's
knowlege base.

Will take place June 16-17 at the Lero on the UL campus.  Agenda and
other info[here](AspireWorkshop).
aSPIRE's overall objectives are to:

- Demonstrate integration across Lero's process-oriented research projects.
- Show sound scientific foundation of research.
- Be accessible to casual observers.

aSPIRE is accessible via the World Wide Web at http://proisis.lero.ie/aspire/.