[Conference] Call for Contributions: AKNOWLEDGE workshop, February 2008, Munich, Germany
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[German title: [Konferenz] Aufruf für Beiträge: AKNOWLEDGE workshop, Februar 2008, München, Deutschland (Translate text to: Deutsch)]

Call for Contributions:
AKNOWLEDGE’08 – Workshop “Agile Knowledge Sharing for Distributed Software Teams”, 19.02.2008, Munich, Germany

In Conjunction with SE08 in Munich

  • 21.01.2008 Deadline for the submission of contributions

MOTIVATION
The increasing number of distributed software development projects – in particular in the Open Source field, as well as the success of agile development methodologies raise new challenges for collaboration and knowledge sharing for software teams:

  • Distributed development hinders knowledge sharing because of reduced communication bandwidth. Despite progress in communication technology, distributed teams have less context information and encounter more awareness difficulties. Research has shown that distributed teams are less efficient than collocated ones [1, 2].
  • Agile methodologies embrace tight collaboration and informal communication, manifesting in practices such as frequent Scrum meetings or pair programming. These practices dismiss “unnecessary” formal overhead like extensive documentation.

Traditional centralized knowledge management solutions fail to address these challenges. They require large upfront configuration and investment as well as stable, long-term environments. However, in dynamic software projects, developers avoid spending extra effort for following formal and extensive knowledge management policies. Knowledge Management methods and tools have to adapt themselves with the current development practices.
In this workshop we will explore enablers of new, agile approaches for coordination and knowledge sharing in distributed teams. Major topics addressed at the workshop are (but not limited to):

  • Lightweight and unobtrusive tools for knowledge capture and sharing in distributed teams.
  • Methods for supporting knowledge sharing in agile and/or distributed development teams.
  • Observation tools and frameworks for context awareness.
  • Tools for intelligent developer assistance, such as search and recommendation tools.
  • Empirical studies of developers’ collaboration and information behaviour.
  • Scientific analysis of the relation between agile processes and knowledge management (e.g. witch activities in agile processes enable knowledge capture and sharing).

GOALS
Despite of the practical relevance, current research around these topics is fragmented. Various disciplines and communities, such as the Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Management and Software Engineering ones, have overlapping interests. However proposed approaches are mostly undertaken from only one perspective. Moreover, different research methods such as empirical, process-oriented or tool-oriented ones, lead to unrelated, partial and sometimes even contradictory results.
In this workshop, we aim at bringing together practitioners and researchers from various disciplines and backgrounds. Thereby, one major goal is to establish a community around the crosscutting topic of Agile Knowledge Sharing in Distributed Software Teams.
In addition to the workshop, we will launch a community portal at the beginning of 2008. (www.aknowledge.org)

WORKSHOP FORMAT
The workshop should last for one day and consist of two slots: an introductory slot fading over to a discussion and roadmapping.
After a short opening session, a keynote presentation will be given by a representative from a multi-site software development company. After that, contributors from research present their position papers. The industrial organizations present their needs, requirements, and expectations from the community.
During the second slot, main topics will be discussed in the auditorium with the focus on bridging and integrating the different research perspectives. In a final wrap up session, a roadmap for future research efforts will be identified.

DEADLINES

  • 21.01.2008 Deadline for the submission of contributions
  • 28.01.2008 Review feedback
  • 03.02.2008 Submission of the camera-ready version
  • 19.02.2008 Workshop

ORGANISATION

  • Walid Maalej, Technische Universität München
  • Hans-Jörg Happel, FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik Karlsruhe
  • Björn Decker, empolis GmbH, part of arvato, a Bertelsmann company

For more Information go to the workshop website.


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