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Software Engineering in-the-Small
IEEE Software seeks articles and reviewers for this special issue,
scheduled for publication in May/June 2000.
The goal of the IEEE Software special issue is to raise awareness
among groups of researchers, managers, and practitioners to the
particular needs of small development groups working on complex
projects. In the coming years, this topic will capture a great
deal of attention since the great majority of software engineering
organizations have fewer than fifty employees and work on projects
very different from those described by the classical software
engineering literature. Issues of group size and development
environment are known, but they have yet to be treated as the
primary focus of a series of articles. Among the reasons for this
lack, we feel, is that the proportion of small software development
groups has not been generally noticed and that the scale and
complexity of work that these groups perform has been underestimated.
Even more significantly, the major body of software engineering
literature addresses a software development methodology which small
companies find sub-optimal in their environments.
Small groups, especially those developing mass-market and Internet
software products rarely work according to the published formal contract
models. Although they are intensely interested in best practices,
software engineers in small organizations find it difficult to separate
the reported methods useful to them from the methods used principally
to coordinate multiple large groups. By focusing on small-scale software
engineering and by comparing it with large-scale methods, we expect that
the importance of this area will be highlighted and spur new research.
We seek original articles on specific issues related to software
engineering in-the-small that might be addressed include (but are not
* Software development and management processes for small organizations
* Life cycle issues
* Adapted methods and techniques for small groups
* Development issues for mass-market/Internet software
* Coping with limited resources.
* Modeling and documentation in the small
* Planning and estimation
* The roles and application of new technology in the small
We will also have roundtable of up to 10 software houses and small
companies, point-counterpoint debates, short articles related to
failure and success stories in software engineering in the small.
Reviewers: Please e-mail your contact information and your area of
interests to one of the three Special Issue editors.
Authors: Please submit one electronic copy in RTF interchange or
MS-Word format and eight printed copies by September 30, 1999 to
one of the three Special Issue Editors:
Mauri Laitinen Dr. Mohamed Fayad Robert Ward
Laitinen Consulting Computer Science & Engineering Quokka Sports
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Articles should be 4-12 double-spaced pages, including illustrations, or
1500-6000 words. Submissions are peer-reviewed and are subject to editing
for style, clarity, and space.
For detailed author guidelines, check the following web site:
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