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ISO/IEC 15504 also known as SPICE (Software Process Improvement and Capability determination) is a "framework for the assessment of processes" developed by the Joint Technical Subcommittee between ISO ( International Organization for Standardization ) and IEC (International Electro technical Commission).
ISO/IEC 15504 initially was derived from process lifecycle standard ISO 12207 and the ideas of many maturity models like Bootstrap, Trillium and the CMM
ISO/IEC 15504 can be used to perform process improvement within a technology organization. Process improvement is always difficult, and initiatives often fail, so it is important to understand the initial baseline level (process capability level), and to assess the situation after an improvement project.
The organization can determine a target capability for suppliers, based on the organization's needs, and then assess suppliers against a set of target process profiles that specify this target capability