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3rd International Workshop on Socio-Technical Congruence.

ICSE 2010, May 4th, Cape Town, South Africa.

Following up on the success of the first two iterations of the
workshop, the third instance of the STC workshop will be held in
conjunction with ICSE 2010.

Workshop Website

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: 1 February 2010
Notification to authors:  8 March 2010
Final papers due: 5 April 2010


Software engineering has long been recognized as a human activity with
significant communication, coordination and collaborative needs.
Socio-technical congruence is broadly defined as the match between the
coordination requirements established by the dependencies among tasks
and the actual coordination activities carried out by the workers. The
concept of congruence has been previously suggested as an important
concept in system and organizational design [1, 4]. However, new
approaches to congruence introduces a new way of thinking about
coordination and communication among interdependent development teams
by focusing on a fine-grain level of analysis of different types of
product dependencies [2, 3, 5]. Promising results have been reported
in terms of the impact of congruence on development productivity [3]
as well as approaches for analyzing the implications of congruence
[5]. The first two instance of this workshop, STC 2008/2009, provided
a fruitful environment for discussion of open research questions in
the area of congruence and future directions. Workshop participants
presented a collection of innovative ideas in terms of measurement of
congruence, data analysis methods, approaches to examine the
implications of congruence or the lack of it as well as case studies
of socio-technical congruence at play in different organizational

Despite the valuable contributions of our past workshops, there is a
clear need to further developments and a third instance of the STC
workshop represents an important step forward. For instance, new
measurement approaches of congruence are needed, particularly, those
capable of capturing relevant technical dependencies at different
stages of the development process such as architectural design,
detailed design and implementation. A deeper analysis of the
implications of socio-technical congruence at different levels of
analysis and across different organization settings (e.g. open source
and distributed development) is required. In addition, the development
of mechanisms for assessing and utilizing congruence measures to
improve software design and development through novel tools, processes
and practices

Workshop Theme

The topics of interest for STC 2010 include, but are not limited to:
      Definitions of coordination and congruence in the context of
software engineering and their relationship to dependencies
      Examining the relationship between different types of
dependencies, coordination capabilities and actual coordination
      Examining the range of problems in software development
organizations that can be thought as coordination problems
      Measuring congruence in different types of software projects
      Comparative analysis of factors influencing congruence in
different organizational settings such as open source, outsourcing,
global distribution.
      Assessing the impact of development practices on congruence
      Approaches to assess and maintain congruence across the entire
software development life cycle
      Architectural and organizational tactics for achieving better congruence
      Variation in the type and nature of coordination required when
developing in different architectural styles
      Analytical techniques for identifying patterns of technical
dependency requiring coordination
      Tools for assessing and visualizing congruence at the
individual, group or organizational level
      Analytical techniques and tools for extracting congruence from
historical data repositories.

Workshop Goals

The third instance of the STC workshop has the following several
overlapping goals:
      Start addressing the research topics outlined above.
      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.

Workshop Organizers

Marcelo Cataldo, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, [log in to unmask]
Daniela Damian, University of Victoria, Canada, [log in to unmask]
Premkumar Devanbu, University of California, Davis, USA, [log in to unmask]
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]
Kate Ehrlich, IBM TJ Watson, USA, [log in to unmask]
Mary Helander, IBM TJ Watson, USA, [log in to unmask]
James Howison, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, [log in to unmask]
Irwin Kwan, University of Victoria, [log in to unmask]
Anita Sarma, University of Nebraska, USA, [log in to unmask]
Giuseppe Valetto, Drexel University, USA, [log in to unmask]
Patrick Wagstrom, IBM TJ Watson, USA, [log in to unmask]
Clay Williams, IBM TJ Watson, USA, [log in to unmask]


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 2010 submission template.
Submissions are being handled online by EasyChair: STC 2010 submission
web site (

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