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aSPIRE - Advanced Software Process Improvement Repository - 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.


aSPIRE comprises three components:

  • The aSPIRE Knowledge Base, for which this page is the entry point;
  • The aSPIRE Advisor, that derives relevant recommendations from the Knowledge Base to address specific situations;
  • The aSPIRE 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:

  • ALPS Agile and Lean Project Management and Scaling.
  • OPS Open Software Engineering.
  • PAISEAN Plan-driven, Agile, Inner-Source Environment Analysis Network.
  • SPRTMDRC Software Processes and Roadmaps for Medical Device Regulatory Compliance

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

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