Call for Part.: REFSQ’16 Conference

Early Bird Deadline approaching: Feb-26!

Call for Participation

REFSQ’16 will take place from March 14 -17, 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden!
The REFSQ’16 special theme is:

Understanding an ever changing world through the right requirements.

Keynote Speakers

  • Magne Jørgenssen, Simula Norway
  • Roel Wieringa, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Scientific Program

21 papers will be intensively discussed in the REFSQ typical discussion sessions.

3 workshops featuring the topics of:

Doctoral Symposium

Posters & Demos Session

Industry Track

Keynote: Sarah Gregory, Intel, USA

7 Industrial Talks and a Discussion Panel

Research Methodology Track

This track features lively discussions giving you the opportunity to learn about research methods used in RE research.

Social Event

Join us for join us for an unforgettable social Event on March 16, including a guided tour in Universeum, Gothenburg’s famous science park, and a delicious conference dinner in its aquarium.

The detailed program is available at:

The online registration service is available at:


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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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(Semi-)automatic requirements categorization


Paper on (semi-)automatic requirements categorization accepted by REFSQ: In this joint work with Daniel Ott  we investigated how to support a team of engineers in categorizing requirements efficiently and consistently based on a socio-technical approach. In the paper, we investigate levels of automation and their effect on organizational learning. Continue reading

Panel on Empirical Requirements Engineering, EmpiRE@RE’12

Yesterday, I participated in the workshop on empirical requirements engineering. My notes on the talks will follow shortly, but I want to highlight the excellent panel that concluded the workshop. The panelists where Nan Niu, Jörg Dörr and Neil Maiden. Note, that the panelists were required to be provocative in their statements. Also note that I will add more links and references to this article later. Continue reading

Planning for next show: RE’12


Last week I booked my flight and hotel for RE conference in Chicago. Apparently, there is lots of interest in the conference: Most recommended hotels are already booked out. I guess this indicates that we are going to witness a great event with many participants. The preliminary program indicates that our talk on Detecting and Classifying Patterns of Requirements Clarifications is the last research talk of the conference at 11:30am on Friday.