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Marcelo Cataldo <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 23 Aug 2009 14:38:39 -0400
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The Socio-Technical Environment: Rethinking Coordination in the
Software Development Organization of the Future

Guest Editors
Marcelo Cataldo, Bosch Corporate Research
Kate Ehrlich, IBM Research
Audris Mockus, Avaya Labs

Software engineering has long been recognized as a human activity that
is managed through a system of methods, tools and processes. The
interaction and dependencies between the product, the work and the
people doing it represents the socio-technical environment of a software
development project. For instance, socio-technical congruence provides a
theoretical and methodological framework to examine the relationship
between the technical properties of the software systems and the
development organization including developers, methods, tools and
processes. This approach opens up new ways of thinking about
coordination requirements in development organizations (e.g. use of
architectural patterns that improve modularization), supporting
coordination activities (e.g. through processes, collaboration tools or
other mechanisms) or both.

We are soliciting novel work that adopts a socio-technical perspective
to address open research issues such as coordination and its
relationship with empirical software engineering, software
architectures, software processes and development and collaboration
tools. We encourage the submission of papers utilizing methodological
approaches traditionally used in other disciplines such as computer
science, mathematical science, social and management sciences. However,
all papers should make a significant contribution to the literatures on
empirical software engineering, software architectures or software

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

*       Measuring and assessing the impact of techniques that address
shortcomings in socio-technical environments of commercial and open
source projects.
*       Models and techniques for reasoning about tradeoffs between
congruence and desirable technical characteristics of software systems.
*       Advances in methods based on social network analysis applied to
the coordination and congruence in software development projects
*       The development and evaluation of novel methods, processes and
tools to increase coordination and awareness amongst members of software
*       Methods of mining technical dependencies and inferring
communication and coordination patterns in a project from software
*       Approaches to assess and maintain coordination across the entire
software development life cycle.
*       Empirical studies evaluating approaches to identify coordination
needs from architectural documentation and the impact of different
styles of software architecture on coordination among development teams

Manuscripts should adhere to the format guidelines defined by IEEE
Computer Society, publisher of IEEE Transactions on Software
Engineering. For further information, authors are welcomed to contact
the editors of this special issue: [log in to unmask],
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Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: 15 October 2009
Major Revision Due: 26 February 2010
Minor Revisions (if needed) Due: 23 April 2010
Notification of final acceptance Due: 14 May 2010
Publication Date: Mar/Apr 2011 Issue

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