3rd HELENA Workshop

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Location: Wolfsburg, Germany
Submission Deadline: July 22, 2018
Abstract submission deadline: July 15, 2018
Abbreviation: helena-3

A software process provides a game plan for organizing project teams and running projects. Software processes have existed in many forms, over a period of decades. Yet, it is still a challenge to select the most appropriate process for a given context. A multitude of development approaches compete for the developers’ favour, and there is no silver bullet serving all possible setups. Moreover, recent research as well as experience from practice show companies utilizing different development approaches to assemble the best-fitting approach for the respective company, team and project at that point in time. For instance, a more traditional process might provide the basic framework often to serve the organization, while project teams embody this framework with more agile (and/or lean) practices to leverage their flexibility.


This Workshop continues the software process community work initiated at ICSSP 2016 (Austin, Texas). The HELENA (“Hybrid dEveLopmENt Approaches in software systems development”) study aims to investigate the current state of practice in software and systems development. In particular, we aim to determine which development approaches (traditional, agile, mainstream, or homegrown) are used in practice and how they are combined, how such combinations are developed over time, and if and how standards (e.g., safety standards) affect the development process as such and the methods applied. With this information, we aim to push forward systematic process design and improvement activities to allow for more efficient and lower-overhead development approaches.

HELENA has been planned as a 3-stage international research endeavour. The first stage initiated data collection through the building and testing of a survey instrument. The second stage enabled “mass data” collection using a revised survey instrument, available in four languages. This second stage was conducted via a large international consortium comprising more than 70 partners from more than 20 countries. Finally, the third stage will emphasize more focused research based on the outcomes of the second stage.

In this Workshop, we aim to bring together all (academic) HELENA contributors to:

  1. Report the current state and (tentative) outcomes of the HELENA survey (from global and regional perspectives)

  2. Develop a work program and define next steps within the whole community

  3. Build working groups, to work on the selected (sub-)topics of interest

Note​: for all these agenda items, we will include detailed discussions on an EU Cost Action Network, which will be submitted before the event.


The 3rd HELENA Workshop is a full-day event, organized for the community to meet and advance topics of interest.  Visitors and interested future collaborators are also welcome.

The 3rd Workshop is organized by:

  • Paolo Tell, IT University of Copenhagen

  • Stephen MacDonell, Auckland University of Technology

  • Sherlock Licorish, University of Otago

(see also the HELENA Team)


The Workshop welcomes short paper submissions (maximum 6 pages in Springer LNCS proceedings format).  Submissions should focus mainly on presenting:

  • Preliminary results of work in progress aimed at larger endeavours

  • Position papers that would stimulate discussions at the event

Below is a rather confirmed outline of the deadlines:

  • Submission of abstracts: July 15, 2018

  • Submission of full papers: July 22, 2018

  • Notification of authors: August 15, 2018

  • Author kit for camera-ready: August 25, 2018 (expected)

  • Camera ready submission: September 2, 2018 (HARD)

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