REFSQ – Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality

Earlier this month, I attended REFSQ conference in Essen, Germany. For me, this always feels a bit like coming home. Not only was I born no more than 50km away from the conference location that has hosted REFSQ for as long as I can think back, but also REFSQ has been one of the primary venues to present my research and get inspired about new directions to take. I agree with Kurt and Samuel that the unique spirit of this conference can best be summarized with Daniela Damian’s quote on the REFSQ homepage:

I heard it first at REFSQ!

In this post, I summarize what I heard this year at REFSQ (Agile and RE, RE for Self-Adaptive Systems, RE and Games, RE and socio-technical systems), express my excitement about next year‘s edition chaired by Kurt Schneider and Samuel Fricker (it will be awesome, don’t forget to submit posters!) and share some news about what will probably affect me personally most: In 2016 Richard Berntsson Sventsson, Michel Chaudron, and myself will be hosting REFSQ in Gothenburg!

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Technical Dependency Challenges in Large-Scale Agile Software Development


Paper on Technical Dependency Challenges in Large-Scale Agile Software Development was accepted by XP 2014 conference in Rome.

In this joint work with Ericsson AB, we discovered five main challenges around technical dependencies in large-scale agile development as well as the vicious way how these challenges interact. Especially hidden technical dependencies make it hard to plan work in a way that limits dependencies between cross-functional teams. Consequently, good prioritization of tasks becomes much harder. Managing code quality and continuous integration suffers and stressed teams start to fail to communicate about dependencies with other teams. This in turn affects the ability to plan work in a way that limits such dependencies.

Nelson Sekitoleko, Felix Evbota, Eric Knauss, Anna Sandberg, Michel Chaudron, and Helena Olsson. Technical Dependency Challenges in Large-Scale Agile Software Development. In Proceedings of International Conference on Agile Software Development (XP ’14), Cantone, G. & Marchesi, M. (Eds.), Springer LNBIP 179, pages 46-61, Rome, Italy, 2014.

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Upcoming: RE 2014 in Karlskrona

Tomorrow, REFSQ starts in Essen. What a wonderful time! I am looking forward to meet other researchers in my field, to have many interesting discussion, and to be inspired to start new research projects. If you feel like me, you might be interested to learn about chances to still actively participate at RE’14 – the next big Requirements Engineering event in Europe this year: Submission deadlines for workshop papers, panels, posters, demos, and the doctoral symposium are still open.

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