ICSSP/ICGSE 2021
Tue 18 - Wed 19 May 2021
co-located with ICSE 2021

Call for research papers


ICSSP/ICGSE 2021conference theme

In March 2020 the whole world was brought to a halt caused by the pandemic crisis. As highlighted by the UN (United Nations), the COVID-19 pandemic is far more than a health crisis, it is affecting societies and economies at their core. Most countries are in recession and their GDP decreased up to 20% leading not only to just temporarily postponed recruitments and growth, but also to drastic job cuts. Large number of companies in different sectors have sent their employees to work from home, with the effects of the forced remote work yet to be understood. The pandemic has also created the largest disruption of education systems in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries and all continents. Immediate development responses in this crisis must be undertaken with an eye to the future and development trajectories in the long-term have to be considered. As a consequence, and fortunately, a rapidly growing body of research is exploring and overcoming some of the challenges imposed by this pandemic situation. In the ICSSP/ICGSE 2021 edition, we are particularly interested in how system and software processes have been adapted to face the restrictions and constraints imposed by the pandemic. To which extent do the magnitude of the research and industry response in terms of methods, processes, tools and new styles of working match the scale of this crisis? What has been proposed in order to diminish the negative impact of the lockdown on development teams in terms of productivity drop, motivation and creativity? What are the issues and challenges that still need to be solved? And finally, what kind of future shall software companies expect after the pandemic is over?

Topics of interest

Submissions must be related to software and systems processes and/or global software engineering and we are especially interested in, but not limited to, papers addressing the topics in the following list:

Methods and processes
  • Emerging processes supporting remote work (e.g. remote pair and mob programming)
  • Agile methods in co-located and distributed companies, projects and teams
  • Large-scale agile
  • Lean development
  • DevOps
  • Hybrid processes
  • Open source software development
  • Crowdsourcing
  • AI for supporting software and systems processes
  • Software and systems processes for developing AI-based systems
  • Software representation and design (architectures, components and services)
  • General software process related studies and research projects
  • Empirical studies and experiences
Human Aspects of Distributed Development
  • Human-centered and participatory processes
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Communication, coordination, and collaboration
  • Team building
  • Trust and social relationships
  • Newcomers’ onboarding and socialization
Business Strategy
  • Business models
  • Economics
  • Hiring in global settings
  • Strategic issues
  • Supplier management
  • Evolution or transformation of organizations
  • Business continuity
  • Emerging Technologies for Supporting Software Process and Collaboration
    • Collaboration tools and platforms
    • ALM/PLM for distributed teams
    • Infrastructure for remote work
    • Social media support
    • Remote working in teams
    • Augmented, virtual, and extended reality (AR/VR/XR)
    • Low-code development practices
    • Quantum programming and software engineering
    Education and Training
    • Educational studies
    • Software process management (SPM) or GSE curricula
    • Lessons learned on SPM or GSE courses


    Important Dates

    Abstract Submission: Jan 5, 2021
    Paper Submission: Jan 12, 2021
    Notification: Feb 22, 2020
    Camera Ready: Mar 22, 2021

    Overview

    All submissions must conform to the ICSSP/ICGSE 2021 formatting and submission instructions and must not exceed the given page limits for the applicable type of submission. For research papers the limit is 10 pages for regular papers and 5 pages for short papers. All submissions must be in English. Page limits include all text, figures, tables, references, and appendices. Research papers are permitted up to two more pages containing only references. The page limit is strict, and purchase of additional pages in the proceedings is not allowed at any point in the process (including after the paper is accepted). All submissions must be in PDF.
    Formatting. Submissions must conform to the IEEE formatting instructions IEEE Conference Proceedings Formatting Guidelines (title in 24pt font and full text in 10pt type, LaTeX users must use \documentclass[10pt,conference]{IEEEtran} without including the compsoc or compsocconf options).
    Authorship policy. By submitting to ICSSP/ICGSE 2021, authors acknowledge that they conform to the authorship policy of the ACM and the authorship policy of the IEEE. Note in particular that submitted papers must reflect the original work of the authors, the authors must be entitled to publish the work, the work must not have been published previously in a refereed or formally reviewed publication, and the work must not be in press elsewhere while under review for ICSSP/ICGSE 2021, among other provisions.
    Plagiarism policy. By submitting to ICSSP/ICGSE 2021, authors also acknowledge that they are aware of and agree to be bound by the ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism and the IEEE Plagiarism FAQ. In particular, papers submitted to ICSSP/ICGSE 2021 must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere whilst under consideration for ICSSP/ICGSE 2021. Contravention of this concurrent submission policy will be deemed a serious breach of scientific ethics, and appropriate action will be taken in all such cases. To check for double submission and plagiarism issues, the chairs reserve the right to (1) share the list of submissions with the PC Chairs of other conferences with overlapping review periods and (2) use external plagiarism detection software, under contract to the ACM or IEEE, to detect violations of these policies.
    Submission site. Submissions must be made through the ICSSP/ICGSE 2021 submission site on EasyChair no later than the applicable submission deadline. Be sure to direct your submissions correctly and select the appropriate submission type when uploading your submission. We encourage authors to upload their paper info early (and can submit the PDF later, but still before or on the date of the submission deadline AoE) to support the management of the review process. Any submission that does not comply with these requirements may be desk rejected by the PC Co-Chairs without further review. Notice: The official publication date is the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.
    Proceedings. The proceedings will be published as part of the ICSE 2021 proceedings by IEEE Conference Publishing Services (IEEE CPS) under the copyright of IEEE. The proceedings will appear in the digital libraries of both ACM and IEEE. The proceedings will only contain papers that have been presented at ICSSP/ICGSE 2021 and for which at least one author has registered. Digital participation with corresponding registration at a reduced price will apply in case the conference is held virtually.
    Journal Special Issue. Authors of selected technical papers of high-quality will be invited post-conference to submit extended versions of their work for a special issue of the Journal of Software: Evolution and Process (JSEP).
    Reviewing. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the ICSSP/ICGSE 2021 program committees. Each submitted research paper will receive reviews from at least three members of the program committee. ICSSP/ICGSE 2021 will employ a double-blind review process. Thus, no submission may reveal its authors’ identities. The authors must make every effort to honor the double-blind review process. In particular, the authors’ names must be omitted from the submission and references to their prior work should be in the third person.
    Requirement to Register, Attend and Present. Upon notification of acceptance, authors of accepted papers will be asked to complete a copyright form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera-ready versions. At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to register for and attend the ICSSP/ICGSE 2021 conference and present the work. ICSSP/ICGSE 2021 have the right to pull papers out of the proceedings if there is no associated registration by two weeks past the authors’ registration deadline. All accepted contributions with at least one registered author will be published in the conference electronic proceedings and appear in the digital libraries of both IEEE and ACM.
    Open Science Policy. ICSSP/ICGSE 2021 encourage authors to submit artifact packages and/or data sets with their papers, for the sake of transparency, reusability, replicability, and/or reproducibility, as well as for facilitating the peer review process. The following guidelines are recommendations and are not mandatory. Your choice will not affect the review process for your paper. Should you decide to embrace this policy, we strongly encourage you to archive empirical datasets on Zenodo or Dataverse, following Google guidelines to dataset providers, and share analysis scripts on freely accessible code repositories such as GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket. Please, note that this shall be done in a way that does not reveal the names of the authors and violates the double-blinded review process.
    Self-Archiving. ICSSP/ICGSE 2021 also encourage authors to self-archive a preprint of your accepted manuscript in arXiv.org or other similar open repositories. This is permitted by ACM and IEEE publishers for ICSE proceedings. Note that the final version of the paper, as laid out by the publisher, cannot be self-archived. Instead, manuscripts with reviewer comments addressed must be used, but before applying the camera-ready instructions and templates.
    Sponsorship. As an ICSE 2021 collocated event, ICSSP/ICGSE 2021 is sponsored by IEEE-CS TCSE and ACM SIGSOFT.
    Contact. Feel free to contact the ICSSP/ICGSE 2021 Program Co-Chairs for more details.
    Dates
    Tracks

    This program is tentative and subject to change.

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    Tue 18 May
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    08:00 - 08:15
    Conference OpeningResearch Papers at ICSSP/ICGSE Room
    08:00
    15m
    Day opening
    Conference Opening
    Research Papers
    Reda BendraouSorbonne University — LIP6 / Paris Nanterre University , Darja ŠmiteBlekinge Institute of Technology, Stefan SauerPaderborn University, Aurora VizcaínoUniversidad de Castilla - La Mancha
    08:15 - 08:54
    1A: Software ProcessResearch Papers at ICSSP/ICGSE Room
    Chair(s): Marco KuhrmannUniversity of Passau
    08:15
    13m
    Full-paper
    Challenges in the Development of Mobile Online Services in the Automotive Industry – A Case Study
    Research Papers
    A: Nils PrennerLeibniz Universität Hannover, Software Engineering Group, A: Jil KlünderLeibniz Universität Hannover, A: Michael NoltingVolkswagen AG, A: Oliver SniehottaVolkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge, A: Kurt SchneiderLeibniz Universität Hannover, Software Engineering Group
    08:28
    13m
    Full-paper
    Towards Shaping the Software Lifecycle with Methods and Practices
    Research Papers
    A: Jil KlünderLeibniz Universität Hannover, A: Melanie BuschLeibniz University Hannover, A: Natalie DehnLeibniz University Hannover, A: Oliver KarrasLeibniz University Hannover
    Pre-print
    08:41
    13m
    Full-paper
    Understanding Barriers to Internal Startups in Large Organizations: Evidence from a Globally Distributed Company
    Research Papers
    A: Tor SporsemSINTEF, A: Anastasiia TkalichSINTEF, A: Nils Brede MoeSINTEF, A: Marius MikalsenSINTEF
    09:04 - 09:56
    1B: Human Factors and Social AspectsResearch Papers / Experience Reports & Industry Talks at ICSSP/ICGSE Room
    Chair(s): Fabio CalefatoUniversity of Bari
    09:04
    13m
    Full-paper
    TaskAllocator: A Recommendation Approach for Role-based Tasks Allocation in Agile Software Development
    Research Papers
    A: Saad ShafiqJohannes Kepler University, Linz, A: Atif MashkoorJohannes Kepler University Linz, A: Christoph Mayr-DornJohannes Kepler University, Linz, A: Alexander EgyedJohannes Kepler University
    Pre-print
    09:17
    13m
    Full-paper
    Do Communities in Developer Interaction Networks Align with Subsystem Developer Teams? An Empirical Study of Open Source Systems
    Research Papers
    A: Usman AshrafJohannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, A: Christoph Mayr-DornJohannes Kepler University, Linz, A: Atif MashkoorJohannes Kepler University Linz, A: Alexander EgyedJohannes Kepler University, A: Sebastiano PanichellaZurich University of Applied Sciences
    Pre-print
    09:30
    13m
    Experience report
    Toward Understanding of Employee Motivation for Software InnerSourcing
    Experience Reports & Industry Talks
    A: Shinobu SaitoNTT Software Innovation Center, A: IIMURA YukakoNTT
    09:43
    13m
    Full-paper
    The Role of Skillset in the Determination of DevOps Implementation Strategy
    Research Papers
    Ruth MacarthyUniversity of Salford, Julian BassUniversity of Salford
    17:00 - 17:50
    2A: Keynote Margaret-Anne D. StoreyResearch Papers at ICSSP/ICGSE Room
    Chair(s): Reda BendraouSorbonne University — LIP6 / Paris Nanterre University
    17:00
    50m
    Keynote
    After the Pandemic: Rethinking Developer Productivity
    Research Papers
    A: Margaret-Anne StoreyUniversity of Victoria
    18:00 - 18:52
    2B: Collaboration in Organizations, Teams and CommunitiesResearch Papers / Experience Reports & Industry Talks at ICSSP/ICGSE Room
    Chair(s): Paul ClarkeDublin City University & Lero, The Irish Software Research Centre
    18:00
    13m
    Full-paper
    Timestamp-based Consistency Checking of Collaboratively Developed Engineering Artifacts
    Research Papers
    A: Michael Alexander TrölsJohannes Kepler University, Linz, A: Atif MashkoorJohannes Kepler University Linz, A: Alexander EgyedJohannes Kepler University
    18:13
    13m
    Full-paper
    An Empirical Investigation of Pull-Requests in Partially Distributed Teams
    Research Papers
    A: Viktoria StrayUniversity of Oslo, A: Nils Brede MoeSINTEF, A: Marius MikalsenSINTEF, A: Elin HagenUniversity of Oslo
    18:26
    13m
    Industry talk
    Implementation of the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) for Digital Solutions
    Experience Reports & Industry Talks
    18:39
    13m
    Full-paper
    Hierarchical Distribution of Consistency-relevant Changes in a Collaborative Engineering Environment
    Research Papers
    A: Michael Alexander TrölsJohannes Kepler University, Linz, A: Atif MashkoorJohannes Kepler University Linz, A: Alexander EgyedJohannes Kepler University

    Wed 19 May
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    08:00 - 08:50
    3A: Keynote Marcin FloryanResearch Papers at ICSSP/ICGSE Room
    Chair(s): Darja ŠmiteBlekinge Institute of Technology
    08:00
    50m
    Keynote
    Into the Unknown: From the Office via Home to Anywhere. Experiences from Spotify
    Research Papers
    A: Marcin FloryanSpotify
    09:00 - 09:52
    3B: Agile Development PracticesJournal-First / Doctoral Track / Research Papers at ICSSP/ICGSE Room
    Chair(s): Nils Brede MoeSINTEF
    09:00
    13m
    Talk
    Do Scaling Agile Frameworks Address Global Software Development Risks? An Empirical Study
    Journal-First
    A: Sarah BeechamLero - The Irish Software Research Centre and University of Limerick, A: Tony ClearAuckland University of Technology, A: Ramesh Lal, A: John NollUniversity of Hertfordshire
    Link to publication DOI
    09:13
    13m
    Talk
    Empower Your Agile Organization: Community-based Decision Making in Large-Scale Agile Development at Ericsson
    Journal-First
    A: Maria PaasivaaraLUT University, Finland & IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark & Aalto University, Finland, A: Casper LasseniusAalto University, Finland and Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering, Norway
    Link to publication
    09:26
    13m
    Full-paper
    Is Agile Not Agile Enough? A Study on How Agile is Applied and Misapplied in the Video Game Development Industry
    Research Papers
    Tim McKenzieUniversity of Canterbury, Miguel Ehécatl Morales TrujilloUniversity of Canterbury, Stephan LukoschUniversity of Canterbury, Simon HoermannUniversity of Canterbury
    Pre-print
    09:39
    13m
    Doctoral symposium paper
    Supporting Agile Transformation: A Proposal for a Scientifically Founded Agile Assessment Model
    Doctoral Track
    A: Doruk TuncelSiemens AG
    17:00 - 17:52
    4A: Global Software Engineering PracticesJournal-First / Experience Reports & Industry Talks at ICSSP/ICGSE Room
    Chair(s): Stanley SuttonIndependent Researcher
    17:00
    13m
    Industry talk
    The Distance Made Us Work Closer Together, Now What?
    Experience Reports & Industry Talks
    A: Geir GåsoddenNorwegian Labour and Welfare Administration
    17:13
    13m
    Industry talk
    "Pressure Makes Diamonds": Accelerating Modern Approaches in Global Software Engineering
    Experience Reports & Industry Talks
    A: Frances PaulischSiemens Healthineers
    17:26
    13m
    Talk
    Understanding Coordination in Global Software Engineering: A Mixed-Methods Study on the Use of Meetings and Slack
    Journal-First
    A: Viktoria StrayUniversity of Oslo, A: Nils Brede MoeSINTEF
    Link to publication DOI
    17:39
    13m
    Talk
    An Empirical Study on the Teams Structures in Social Coding Using GitHub Projects
    Journal-First
    A: Mariam El MezouarRoyal Military College, A: Feng ZhangQueen's University, Kingston, Ontario, A: Ying ZouQueen's University, Kingston, Ontario
    Link to publication DOI
    18:02 - 18:47
    4B: Panel Discussion on Work-from-Anywhere (WFX)Research Papers at ICSSP/ICGSE Room
    Chair(s): Darja ŠmiteBlekinge Institute of Technology
    18:02
    45m
    Meeting
    Panel Discussion: Will work-from-anywhere (WFX) be the new normality and what research opportunities does it create?
    Research Papers
    C: Darja ŠmiteBlekinge Institute of Technology, P: Marcin FloryanSpotify, P: Eduardo FranciosiDell, P: Gerd HoefnerSiemens Healthineers, P: Nils Brede MoeSINTEF, P: Margaret-Anne StoreyUniversity of Victoria
    18:47 - 19:00
    Conference Closing & AwardsResearch Papers at ICSSP/ICGSE Room
    18:47
    13m
    Awards
    Conference Closing & Awards
    Research Papers
    Reda BendraouSorbonne University — LIP6 / Paris Nanterre University , Darja ŠmiteBlekinge Institute of Technology

    Not scheduled yet

    Not scheduled yet
    Talk
    Session 1A Opening
    Research Papers
    Marco KuhrmannUniversity of Passau

    Accepted Papers

    Title
    After the Pandemic: Rethinking Developer Productivity
    Research Papers
    An Empirical Investigation of Pull-Requests in Partially Distributed Teams
    Research Papers
    Challenges in the Development of Mobile Online Services in the Automotive Industry – A Case Study
    Research Papers
    Conference Closing & Awards
    Research Papers
    Conference Opening
    Research Papers
    Do Communities in Developer Interaction Networks Align with Subsystem Developer Teams? An Empirical Study of Open Source Systems
    Research Papers
    Pre-print
    Hierarchical Distribution of Consistency-relevant Changes in a Collaborative Engineering Environment
    Research Papers
    Into the Unknown: From the Office via Home to Anywhere. Experiences from Spotify
    Research Papers
    Is Agile Not Agile Enough? A Study on How Agile is Applied and Misapplied in the Video Game Development Industry
    Research Papers
    Pre-print
    Panel Discussion: Will work-from-anywhere (WFX) be the new normality and what research opportunities does it create?
    Research Papers
    Session 1A Opening
    Research Papers
    TaskAllocator: A Recommendation Approach for Role-based Tasks Allocation in Agile Software Development
    Research Papers
    Pre-print
    The Role of Skillset in the Determination of DevOps Implementation Strategy
    Research Papers
    Timestamp-based Consistency Checking of Collaboratively Developed Engineering Artifacts
    Research Papers
    Towards Shaping the Software Lifecycle with Methods and Practices
    Research Papers
    Pre-print
    Understanding Barriers to Internal Startups in Large Organizations: Evidence from a Globally Distributed Company
    Research Papers