ESEMT: Emerging Software Engineering & Management Trends: DevOps, Design Thinking and Lean Startup (Special Session)

The field of software engineering & management is known to develop rapidly. The special session on emerging trends in the field attempts to make sense out of several most dominant propositions made in recent years: DevOps, Design Thinking, and Lean Startup.

DevOps breaks down the separation of development and IT operations in a company, merging them into a single coherent unit with new practices for communication and collaboration. A DevOps professional is noted sometimes to represent the Chief Engineer of the Toyota Production System. While the concept of design thinking is not a new one, it has increasingly dominated the discussions in professional communities globally. Design thinking steps away from the technocratic viewpoint to software development and brings the innovativeness in the focal point of software creation. Finally, lean startup advocates the creation of rapid prototypes designed to test market assumptions, and uses the feedback to evolve them much faster than before. Lean startup is also associated with lean thinking applied to the entrepreneurial process.

All of these trends represent a unique but a coherent development in the field. The aim of this special session is to gather industrial and academic minds together to explore the potentials underlying the newest fads in the field. As a result of the session, we should have a clear understanding on how these new ideas shape the future of our field.

To this end, we encourage people who are working on or interested in these areas to submit their original research studies or their first hand experiences regarding these new trends in software engineering and management. Due to the emerging and renascent nature of these subjects, conceptual or opinion papers with original insights are also welcome.

The topics listed below are only suggestive and serves to solicit more interesting related topics:

  • Lean Startup concepts and their implication to software business
  • Customer/Consumer Development
  • Software startup applying lean startup approach 
  • Agile infrastructure for DevOps
  • Continuous integration and delivery
  • Cultural integration between Dev and Ops groups
  • Design thinking concepts and their implication to software business
  • Underlying theories/principles of the three trends
  • Potential Synergies generated from the three trends

To further increase the visibility of the work submitted to the ESEMT special session, authors of selected high-quality submissions will be invited to revise and extend their papers, which will be published by an open access journal. The Paper submission system and further instructions are available at the submission page.


Session Organizers

wang Dr. Xiaofeng Wang, Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
minna Dr. Minna Pikkarainen, VTT, Finland
pekka Prof. Pekka Abrahamsson, Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy

Program Committee

  • Jan Bosch, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Nick Boucart, Sirris, Belgium
  • Kieran Conboy, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Tor Erlend Fegri, SINTEF, Norway
  • Brian Fitzgerald, Lero, Ireland
  • Slinger Jansen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Darja Smite, BIT, Sweden
  • Nilay Oza, VTT, Finland
  • Pasi Tyrväinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Richard Vidgen, Hull University, UK
  • Blagojevic Vladimir, Sirris, Belgium