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"Cataldo Marcelo (CR/RTC3-NA)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Cataldo Marcelo (CR/RTC3-NA)
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2nd International Workshop on Socio-Technical Congruence
May 19th, 2009
At ICSE 2009 in Vancouver, Canada

The need for coordination among developers, teams, and organizations is
one of the fundamental problems of real-world software engineering
projects. Technical decisions about the structure of software serve to
shape the extent and content of the required coordination, while team
structure, social networks, work history, geographic location, and other

organizational factors determine coordination capabilities. Finding a
match -- so the coordination capabilities between individuals and
between teams meet or exceed the coordination required of them -- is a
novel and increasingly pressing research question. Finding this match,
or congruence, as it is often called, requires progress in many related
research areas.

The 2009 instance of the STC workshop will focus increased attention on
critical topics for advancing our understanding on how to measure
socio-technical congruence and assess its implications in software
development projects as well as continue fostering a research community
in this area.

Workshop theme

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Measuring socio-technical congruence in software projects
* Assessing the impact of development practices on congruence
* Architectural and organizational tactics for achieving better
* Models and techniques for reasoning about tradeoffs between congruence
and desirable technical characteristics
* Methods for mining congruence data from software repositories
* Factors influencing congruence in a variety of organizational forms,
such as open source, outsourcing, global distribution
* Variation in the type and nature of coordination required when
developing in different architectural styles
* Application of social network analysis in studying congruence
* Analysis techniques for identifying important patterns of technical
dependency requiring coordination
* Tools for assessing and visualizing the degree of congruence at the
individual, group or organizational level
* Assessing the impact of different techniques for visualizing
congruence to individuals or groups

Workshop goals

We have several overlapping goals for the workshop:

* Advance the development of this research area
* Exchange ideas on existing and novel analysis methods and tools for
using them
* Begin to provide practical approaches that industry can use now or in
the near future to improve project coordination
* Continue to foster an interdisciplinary research community around this
important topic
* Continue raising awareness of this topic

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline: 3 March 2009
Notification to authors: 31 March 2009
Final papers due: 21 April 2009


Both research papers (10 page max) and position papers (4 page max) will
be accepted. Submissions should be in pdf format, and should use the
ICSE 2009 submission template
Submissions are being handled online by EasyChair where the STC 2009
submission web site is


STC 2009 is intended to be primarily a forum for presentation and
discussion of new ideas, preliminary results, novel approaches, and new
research questions. In order to allow the free flow of ideas without
pre-empting any future publications, we do not plan to place papers in
the ACM or IEEE digital libraries. All accepted papers will be
distributed at the workshop, and those who wish will have their papers
made accessible to the public on the workshop web site.

Workshop organizers:

Marcelo Cataldo, Bosch Corporate Research, USA,
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Daniela Damian, University of Victoria, Canada, [log in to unmask]
Premkumar Devanbu, University of California, Davis, USA,
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Steve Easterbrook, University of Toronto, Canada, [log in to unmask]
James Herbsleb, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, [log in to unmask]
Audris Mockus, Avaya Labs Research, USA, [log in to unmask]

Program Committee:

Leonard Bass, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, [log in to unmask]
Matthew Bass, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, [log in to unmask]
Andrew Begel, Microsoft Research, USA, [log in to unmask]
Yuanfang Cai, Drexel University, USA, [log in to unmask]
Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University, [log in to unmask]
Cleidson de Souza, Federal University of Par, Brazil, [log in to unmask]
Kate Ehrlich, IBM TJ Watson, USA, [log in to unmask]
Mary Helander, IBM TJ Watson, USA, [log in to unmask]
Irwin Kwan, University of Victoria, [log in to unmask]
Gail Murphy, University of British Columbia, Canada, [log in to unmask]
Anita Sarma, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, [log in to unmask]
Anand Swaminathan, Emory University, USA, [log in to unmask]
Giuseppe Valetto, Drexel University, USA, [log in to unmask]
Patrick Wagstrom, Carnegie Mellon University,
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Clay Williams, IBM TJ Watson, USA, [log in to unmask]
Volker Wulf, Universitat Siegen, Germany, [log in to unmask]

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