[ecoop-info] CfP: Social and Organizational Dimensions of Software Architecting - SODA at ICSA 2018

Matthias Galster mgalster at ieee.org
Thu Feb 15 03:21:05 CET 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: Second International Workshop on the Social and
Organization Dimensions of Software Architecting - SODA 2018

April 30, 2018, Seattle, USA

Workshop held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on
Software Architecture (ICSA) 2018

Software architecting shapes a software product and development process in
both social and organizational contexts. Architects operate in these
contexts, influenced by different stakeholders and other organizational and
socio-technical forces. While researchers and practitioners have tried to
define and scope the role of the architect, these social and organizational
impacts on the architect and the resulting architecture are often
neglected, e.g., since they are seemingly difficult to measure and
quantify. Social aspects and the role of different players in the software
development process have been previously examined within the broader
context of software engineering (e.g., the CHASE and CSD workshop series at
ICSE). The SODA workshop on the other hand focuses on the social and
organizational dimensions in which architects operate and produce their
outputs. SODA focuses on the architect, the surrounding organization, and
the process rather than on the architecture as the output of the
architecting process. SODA offers a venue for researchers, practitioners
and educators within the software architecture domain to jointly discuss
experiences, forge new collaborations, and explore innovative solutions in
this area. The second edition of SODA focuses on: (1) Tasks performed and
skills required from architects; (2) The wider social and organizational
contexts of the architect.

*Evidence for the relevance of skills of architects and their impact on
project success and product quality
*Identification of architecture skills within organizations
*Impact of experience on how well architects perform tasks
*Tasks and skills of developers and their relation to tasks and skills of
other roles (e.g., developers)
*The role of the architect in highly iterative/incremental development
contexts, continuous delivery, DevOps
*Personality and personality traits of architects, in particular in their
social and organizational context
*Socio-technical and organizational relationships of architects at the
crossroads of organization, architecture and social development networks,
*Impact of culture on architects and architecting
*Social and organizational pitfalls and conflicts of interests faced by
architects (and how to handle them)
*Community smells in organizational context
*Social-technical project cost and social debt
*Job performance of architects, evaluation and assessment of architects and
their skills and skill level
*Implications of skills and social/organizational context on career paths
to become a successful architect and tertiary education and professional

*Notes, position and vision papers (1-4 pages): On-going research, new
challenges, emerging trends; novel solutions, new ideas; future research,
statements from practitioners.
*Reference problem papers (2-4 pages): Descriptions or examples of problems
in real-life settings that pose fundamental or characteristic challenges.
*Full papers (6-8 pages): Innovative, original research, empirical studies,
systematic literature studies, etc.
*Industry and experience papers (2-8 pages): Industrial experience, case
studies, challenges, problems, solutions.
*Education and training papers (2-8 pages): Experiences, approaches and
tools for academic courses or industrial training (e.g., lesson plans,

Each submission must clearly include and elaborate on at least one
"position" or "argument" - something that the authors feel strongly about
in the context of SODA.

All papers must conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Formatting
Guidelines. Please submit your contribution via the SODA 2018 EasyChair
Each paper will be reviewed by three members of the program committee.
Papers must present novel material and not under review elsewhere at the
time of submission. Accepted papers will be published in the IEEE CS
Digital Library and presented as short talks at the workshop.

*Submission date: March 8, 2018
*Notification: March 29, 2018
*Camera-ready: April 12, 2018
*Workshop: April 30, 2018

Matthias Galster, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Rick Kazman, University of Hawaii, USA
Damian A. Tamburri,  TU/e - JADS, Netherlands

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