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************** Call for Papers *************************

European Workshop on "Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing in Software
Development Teams (SofTEAM'09)"

In Conjunction with SE09, Kaiserslautern, Germany, March 2nd



"These are indeed interesting times. The challenges of software
development are certainly not going to go away, for we as an industry
are continually being driven to do more with less. Methods and
processes help; so do languages, frameworks, and tools. However,
software development is ultimately a human endeavor, and as such it's
ultimately the efforts of the software development team that enable us
to deliver quality systems in a predictable and sustainable
fashion." (Booch, 1999)

Almost ten years after Booch emphasized the importance of development
team productivity, the underlying research topics are only slowly
becoming part of mainstream Software Engineering. Research on software
development teams requires interdisciplinary approaches to study the
interplay of technologies, tools, processes and human factors
appropriately. Although the body of research is growing, it is often
scattered across different communities such as Software Engineering,
Computer-Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) and Knowledge Management.
On the other hand, the trend towards distributed software development
- which comes in different flavours such as off-shore- and near-shore
development, Open Source communities and inter-organizational project
teams - presses researchers to deliver results which help to improve
the efficiency of development teams.
In the past, research and practice have often taken different
directions - research targeting fancy prototypes, while practitioners
adopted pragmatic solutions such as instant messaging, Wikis or agile
methodologies to increase team productivity. While such hands-on
solutions worked quite well for many teams, they lack scientific
backing and guidance and have problems to scale up in large and
complex project settings. Thus, solutions are sought which embed
development methodologies, lightweight approaches for collaboration
and knowledge sharing into software development processes. An
example for such an effort is the IBM Jazz platform [Cheng et al.
2004], which intends to seamlessly integrate common collaboration
features into IDEs. Thereby, open development platforms such as
Eclipse make it easier to transfer research into practice (e.g. the
Eclipse mylyn project [Kersten and Murphy 2006]).


In this workshop we would like to bring together researchers and
practitioners working on different aspects of collaboration and
knowledge sharing in software development to discuss new results and
future research challenges. Major topics addressed at the workshop
include (but are not limited to):
- Collaboration and knowledge sharing in development teams and
- Lightweight and unobtrusive tools, Web 2.0 and Social Semantic Web
applications, supporting development teams
- Concerns of individual developers in collaboration settings, such as
learning, personal productivity, usability and incentives
- Approaches and tools for context-aware development and collaboration
- Assistance and recommendation tools based on team experience
- Research methods and approaches for analyzing and designing
successful collaboration support
- Empirical studies on collaboration and information behavior in
development teams
- Scientific analysis of the relation between methods/processes, tools
and collaborative development practice


Andreas Abecker, FZI Karlsruhe
Lilith Al-Jadiri, T-Systems
Bernd Bruegge, TU Muenchen
Bjorn Decker, Empolis GmbH
Robert DeLine, Microsoft Research
Paul Gruenbacher, Johannes Kepler University
Hans-Joerg Happel, FZI Karlsruhe
Wolfgang Kaltz, Swiss Post
Steffen Lohmann, University of Duisburg-Essen
Walid Maalej, TU Muenchen
Karsten Nebe, University of Paderborn
Jasminko Novak, University of Zurich
Barbara Paech, University of Heidelberg
Dirk Riehle, SAP Research
Hans Schlichter, TU Muenchen
Janice Singer, National Research Council Canada
Anil Kumar Thurimella, Harman/Becker Automotive Systems
Denny Vrandecic, University of Karlsruhe
Juergen Ziegler, University of Duisburg-Essen
Thomas Zimmermann, University of Calgary


Hans-Joerg Happel, FZI Karlsruhe
Steffen Lohmann, University of Duisburg-Essen
Walid Maalej, TU Muenchen

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*** DEADLINE ***

- 15th January: Paper submission (extended deadline)
- 30th January: Author's notification
- 10th February: Camera-ready version
- 2nd March: Workshop


Full papers (max 10 pages), position papers (max 5 pages) and tool
demonstrations (max 5 pages) are equally welcome for the workshop.
They can be submitted via the workshop website (
softeam09). Accepted contributions will be published in the GI-Edition
"Lecture Notes in Informatics". Papers must follow the instructions
and templates provided at
At least one author should participate in the workshop and register
for the SE2009 conference.


[Booch 1999] Grady Booch: The Software Development Team. 01/1999. URL:
[Cheng et al. 2004] Li-Te Cheng, Cleidson R.B. de Souza, Susanne
Hupfer, John Patterson; Steven Ross: Building Collaboration into IDEs.
Queue, 1(9):40-50, 2004.
[Kersten and Murphy 2006] Mik Kersten, Gail C. Murphy: Using Task
Context to Improve Programmer Productivity. In SIGSOFT'06/FSE-14,
pp. 1–11, New York, ACM, 2006.

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