Call for Papers and Proposals
3rd International Conference on
Software Engineering Approaches For Offshore and Outsourced
Development (SEAFOOD 2009)
July 2-3, 2009 - ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Abstracts due: Feb 13th, 2009
Papers due: Feb 20th, 2009
NotiÞcation of acceptance: April 10th, 2009
Camera-ready papers due: April 24th, 2009
Preliminary program: April 30th, 2009
Enabling Global Partnerships to Deliver on Business Needs
Companies have been outsourcing areas of software development work for
many years, either because of the engineering challenges or because
the outsourced aspect is not central to their core business. A
profound transformation has been affecting this model over recent
years: a massive transfer of development activities from the US and
Europe to a skilled labour force in service-providing countries. This
transformation has been driven by the demands of a global business
climate seeking to increase the value delivery of IT investment.
However, the ability to realise this value can prove problematic in
practice. Of particular concern are the hidden costs of globally
distributed models of working, such as understanding and communicating
the true business needs across organisational and cultural boundaries.
To address such issues, offshore outsourcing needs quite different
support from in-house development and this means adapting familiar
techniques, processes and tools to this setting, as well as perhaps
creating innovative new ones. Coupled with this industry
transformation there is hence a pressing need to re-examine those
software engineering approaches that either facilitate or impede this
model of working. With an inevitable focus on the economy in 2009,
business decisions regarding the sourcing of software development
projects will come under close scrutiny. It will become increasingly
critical to design global partnerships that both clarify cost/beneÞts
and enable delivery on business needs.
The aim of the SEAFOOD series of conferences is to examine offshore
and outsourced software development from a software engineering
perspective. SEAFOOD strives to: highlight problems faced by industry
and provide a forum to share good practices; spotlight new processes,
models, techniques and tools emerging from research efforts that are
crucial to distributed development, and provide an opportunity for
industry transfer; and build a community of educators either offering
or planning to offer global software development experiences for
students, so as to share project plans and lessons.
SEAFOOD is co-located with TOOLS EUROPE (http://tools.ethz.ch), so the
use of object technology, component-based and/or model-based software
development in globally distributed settings is a synergistic theme.
Emerging tools for offshore and outsourced software development may be
SEAFOOD aims to provide an intimate, highly structured and interactive
forum for its participants, so it will be organising pre-assigned
discussants for the various conference sessions. SEAFOOD also plans to
organise an industry round table and educational exchange forum for
This year, we particularly invite papers that focus on processes,
techniques and tools to understand, communicate and deliver on
business needs. Broader topics of interest include, but are certainly
not limited to, the following dimensions of globally distributed
+ Strategic dimensions - scope decisions; cost/benefit analysis; value
propositions; risk assessment and management; vendor selection.
+ Process and management dimensions - process models, including
distributed agile; project management; team organization; customer/
supplier engagement and relationship management; supply chain
management; knowledge transfer and management; project governance;
quality assurance; metrics and measurement.
+ Development dimensions - requirements engineering; system
speciÞcation; architecture; conÞguration management; traceability;
testing; maintenance; deployment.
+ Infrastructure dimensions - technology and tooling.
+ Social dimensions - effect of cultural differences on communication,
coordination and collaboration; socialisation and community building.
+ Foundational dimensions - requirements and constraints that
characterise offshore and outsourced processes; comparative studies of
globally distributed, near-sourced and co-located software development.
We invite original submissions of high quality papers in the following
RESEARCH PAPERS - technical solutions, empirical studies and survey
papers. Research papers are expected to explain how the problem being
addressed is relevant to the conference, describe the research
approach and include preliminary validation.
INDUSTRY PRACTICE PAPERS - country and domain-specific reports.
Industry papers are expected to provide sufficient context for
understanding the challenges and insights, and to make the more
general lessons for global software development clear.
EDUCATION and TRAINING PAPERS - experience and proposal papers.
Education papers are expected to explain the pedagogical goals of the
work, critique their attainment (or not) and provide guidance for
In all categories: full papers (up to 15 pages); short/position/vision
papers (up to 6 pages). Accepted papers will be published in the
Springer LNBIP series. Please see the conference website for
formatting and submission guidelines (http://www.seafood.ethz.ch/2009).
We also accept proposals for:
Panel sessions on the conference theme. Panel proposals should
describe the topic of the panel, the positions and biographies of the
proposed panellists, and identify the panel chair.
Tool demos (technical and communications). Tool demo proposals should
describe the tool(s) and its relevance to supporting offshore and
outsourced software development projects.
Panel session and tool demo proposals should not exceed 4 pages,
formatted as per the regular paper submissions.
Bertrand Meyer, ETH ZŸrich, Switzerland
Mathai Joseph, Tata Consultancy Services, India
Olly Gotel, Pace University, New York City, USA
++Industry Track Chair++
David Michael, United Business Media, USA
++Education Track Chair++
Christelle Scharff, Pace University, New York City, USA
Patrick Maeder, Ilmenau Technical University, Germany
Martin Nordio, ETH ZŸrich, Switzerland
Claudia GŸnthart, ETH ZŸrich, Switzerland
Kay Berkling, Inline Internet Online GmbH, GERMANY
Manfred Broy, Technische UniversitŠaet MŸuenchen, GERMANY
Val Casey, Bournemouth University, UK
Oliver Creighton, Siemens AG, GERMANY
Jean-Pierre Corriveau, Carleton University, CANADA
Al Davis, University of Colorado and The Davis Company, USA
Barry Dwolatzky, Wits University, SOUTH AFRICA
Patricia Ensworth, Harborlight Management Services, USA
Samuel Fricker, University of Zurich and FUCHS-INFORMATIK AG,
Don Gause, SUNY Binghamton and Savile Row, LLC, USA
Matt Ganis, IBM Hawthorne, USA
Victor Gergel, University of Nizhni Novgorod, RUSSIA
Tony Gorschek, Blekinge Institute of Technology, SWEDEN
Amar Gupta, University of Arizona, USA
Vidya Kulkarni, University of Delhi, INDIA
Vinay Kulkarni, Tata Research Development and Design Centre, INDIA
Liz Q. Li, Motorola Inc., USA
Christine Mingins, ucube, AUSTRALIA
Cornelius Ncube, Bournemouth University, UK
Uolevi Nikula, Lappeenranta University of Technology, FINLAND
Dragutin Petkovic, San Francisco State University, USA
Moniphal Say, Institute of Technology of Cambodia, CAMBODIA
Thanwadee Sunetnanta, Mahidol University, THAILAND
Gary Thompson, Sun Microsystems and San Francisco State University, USA
Rainer Todtenhoefer, University of Applied Sciences Fulda, GERMANY
Hiroshi Tsuji, Osaka Prefecture University, JAPAN
Ye Yang, Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHINA
Yunwen Ye, Software Research Associates, Inc., JAPAN
Jianjun Zhao, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, CHINA
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