Keynote

The keynote will be given by Dr. Magne Jørgensen entitled:

Working with industry to conduct empirical software engineering research: Patterns of successful and failed collaborations”.

Abstract: The industry should be the laboratory of a large part of empirical SE research. Not only does this create a more realistic context for the empirical research, it also eases the result transfer and makes them more convincing for the industry. Unfortunately, this is currently not the case. About 90% of SE experiments are, for example, conducted with students instead of software professionals as subjects. One reason for the lack of industry studies is that a good and sustainable “give-and-take”-based collaboration with industry can be difficult to establish. The collaborations are frequently fragile, end before the research is completed, and lead to a waste of resources for both the researchers and the industrial partners. This keynote presents experience from different, failed and successful, academia-industry collaborations with the goal of identifying approaches that are more likely to give the researchers insight and opportunities to evaluate methods and tools, and the industry benefits that make the collaborations worthwhile for them. A special focus will be on experiences with the use of “lightweight” collaborations, collaboration where the researchers use part of their budget to create monetary incentives for the industry to collaborate, and the use of evidence-based SE as a supporting tool for industry collaborations.

Bio: Dr. Magne Jørgensen is a chief research scientist at Simula Research Laboratory and a professor at University of Oslo, Norway. His research includes work on management of software projects, evidence-based SE and human judgment. He has published papers on these and other topics in SE, forecasting, project management and psychology journals. He has been ranked the most publishing (top scholar) in systems and SE four times and received in 2014 the ACM Sigsoft award for most influential paper the last ten years for his work on evidence-based SE. He has extensive experience from academia-industry collaborations using a variety of research methods, such as action research, observational studies, surveys and controlled experiments. Since January 2016 he has been part of the Norwegian Digitization Council advising the management of large, governmental IT projects.

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