Conferences, Workshops and Call for Papers

Step Workshop

Following on from the highly successful joint PPIG/EASE workshop in Keele at Easter, why not join with the Empirical Software Engineering community to discuss issues pertaining to evidence?

The PPIG community has done important work on the tools used by software engineers, for example, on programming languages and notations. However, PPIG shares a concern with the Empirical Software Engineering community that this work is not sufficiently informing software engineering practice.

One reason might be that the work is not sufficiently visible to practitioners; another might be scepticism as to the external validity of our results. Academic studies may seem to the practitioner to be far removed from the rich context of practice. How, then, do we design studies which are relevant to practitioners and which produce evidence which is both convincing and applicable in practice?

Do come and share your ideas at the workshop that we are running in Amsterdam on Friday 19th September as part of the Software Technology and Engineering Practice Conference.

David Budgen

Agile Development Conference

June 25-26, 2004
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

The Agile Development Conference is an integrated, 4-day conversation about techniques and technologies, attitudes and policies, research and experience, the management and development sides of agile software development.

The agile approach focuses on delivering business value early in the project lifetime and being able to incorporate late-breaking changes in requirements by accentuating the use of rich, informal communication channels and frequent delivery of running, tested systems, and attending to the human component of software development.

The Agile Development Conference gives attendees access to the latest thinking in this domain and bridges communities that rarely get a proper chance to exchange ideas and thoughts, bringing together researchers from labs and academia with executives, managers, and developers in the trenches of software development. The Agile Development Conference is not about a single methodology or approach, but rather provides a forum for the exchange of information regarding all agile development technologies.

We invite you to share your knowledge and experience via the submission of Research Papers and Experience Reports for the 2004 Agile Development Conference. Research Papers present significant contributions to the field of agile software development, advancing the state of the art, influencing the framework of thought in the field, or, perhaps, criticizing current agile development methodologies in a reasoned fashion. Experience Reports contain first-hand information and reflection, offering valuable knowledge gained through hands-on experience in real projects. Papers may present a view of what works, what doesn't, and why, in employing agile methods in software development projects.

The following are example paper topics, but submissions are by no means limited to themes listed here:

  • Research on new, or existing, agile development (AD) methodologies and approaches, including Adaptive, Crystal, DSDM, FDD, Scrum, XP.

  • Case studies, empirical studies involving agile development or a particular technique, tool, or approach; What has worked; What hasn't? What sort of gains (if any) was seen in projects employing an agile approach?

  • Does AD scale? to development in the large (including multi-person/multi-year/multi-component projects)? to safety-critical, life-critical, mission-critical systems?

  • Critical comparisons/evaluations of alternative AD methodologies; is there a 'more perfect world' that involves picking and choosing the best from each?

  • Business analyses - e.g., is AD cost-effective and justified?

  • Management of AD projects, teams, and individuals therein

  • Relationships between AD and user-centered design (UCD)

  • Cognitive aspects of AD; Cognitive aspects of software development (psychology of programming and design) and consequences for AD

  • Patterns and AD; Patterns for AD

  • Introducing AD into existing IT organizations; reactions of developers and executives to AD

  • Sociology of AD; Are there people-oriented problems involved in applying AD methods, and how can they be solved? Sociology of software development and consequences for AD

  • Relationships between CSCW (computer supported cooperative work) and AD

  • Tools for AD, computer-based and others.

More information can be found at the conference website. Authors are invited to submit papers by January 30, 2004.

Conference Chair: Todd Little, Landmark Graphics

Research Papers Chair: Sherman R. Alpert, IBM Watson Research Center

Experience Reports Chair: Andy Pols, Pols Consulting Ltd

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