International Conference on Technical DebtTechDebt 2018
Technical debt describes a universal software development phenomenon: design or implementation constructs that are expedient in the short term but set up a technical context that can make future changes more costly or impossible. Software developers and managers increasingly use the concept to communicate key tradeoffs related to release and quality issues. The goal of this two-day conference is to bring together leading software researchers, practitioners, and tool vendors to explore theoretical and practical techniques that manage technical debt.
The Managing Technical Debt workshop series has provided a forum since 2010 for practitioners and researchers to discuss issues related to technical debt and share emerging practices used in software-development organizations. A week-long Dagstuhl Seminar on Managing Technical Debt in Software Engineering has produced a consensus definition for technical debt, a draft conceptual model, and a research roadmap.
To accelerate progress, an expanded two-day working conference format has become essential. The inaugural edition of the TechDebt Conference will be held jointly with ICSE 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden, May 27–28, 2018. The conference is sponsored by ACM SIGSOFT and IEEE TCSE.
- Save the Date! TechDebt 2019 in conjunction with ICSE, May 26-27, 2019.
- The program is posted.
- Early registration ends on April 1, 2018
- The accepted papers and tools track topics are posted.
- Eoin Woods will speak at the conference on The Past, Present and Future of Technical Debt.
- The Call for Papers is announced
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Conference DaySun 27 MayDisplayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change
09:00 - 09:30
|Opening Remarks: The Journey from Metaphor to Theory and Practice|
09:30 - 10:30
|An Exploratory Study on the Influence of Developers in Technical Debt|
|Architectural Technical Debt Identification: The Research Landscape|
Roberto VerdecchiaGran Sasso Science Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Ivano MalavoltaVrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Patricia LagoVrije Universiteit AmsterdamLink to publication Pre-print
11:00 - 12:30
|Technical Debt as an External Software Attribute|
|Prioritizing Technical Debt in Database Normalization Using Portfolio Theory and Data Quality Metrics|
|Evaluating Domain-Specific Metric Thresholds: An Empirical Study|
14:00 - 14:30
|Tools Track Introduction|
Clemente IzurietaMontana State University
|Introducing Debtgrep: A Tool for Fighting Technical Debt in Base Station Software|
Svante ArvedahlEricsson AB
|Static Software Metrics for Reliability and Maintainability|
Jeremy LudwigStottler Henke Associates, Inc.
|AnaConDebt: A Tool to Assess and Track Technical Debt|
Antonio MartiniUniversity of Oslo | CA Technologies
|Cognitive Complexity: An Origin Story Overview and Evaluation|
G. Ann CampbellSonarSource SAFile Attached
|Prioritize Technical Debt in Large-Scale Systems Using CodeScene|
Adam TornhillEmpear AB
14:30 - 15:30
16:00 - 16:45
|The Developer's Dilemma: Factors Affecting the Decision to Repay Code Debt|
Alexander ChatzigeorgiouUniversity of Macedonia
|From Lasagna to Spaghetti: A Decision Model to Manage Defect Debt|
Abdullah AldaeejUniversity of Maryland Baltimore County, Carolyn SeamanUniversity of Maryland Baltimore CountyFile Attached
|A Proposed Sizing Model for Managing Technical Debt in Third-Party Code|
Conference DayMon 28 MayDisplayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change
09:00 - 10:30
|Keynote: The Past, Present, and Future of Technical Debt: Learning from the Past to Prepare for the Future|
K: Eoin WoodsCTO of Endava
11:00 - 12:30
|Governing Technology Debt: Beyond Technical Debt|
|Trade-off Decisions Across Time in Technical Debt Management: A Systematic Literature Review|
|Design Debt Prioritization: A Design Best Practice-Based Approach|
16:00 - 16:30
|Technical Debt-Related Information Asymmetry Between Finance and IT|
Thomas Patrick StableinUniversity of South Florida
|A Position Study to Investigate Technical Debt Associated with Security Weaknesses|
Clemente IzurietaMontana State University
16:30 - 17:15
Call for Papers
The First International Conference on Technical Debt will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, on May 27-28, 2018 collocated with ICSE 2018.
Technical debt is a metaphor that software developers and managers increasingly use to communicate key tradeoffs related to release and quality issues. The Managing Technical Debt workshop series had, since 2010, brought together practitioners and researchers to discuss and define issues related to technical debt and how they can be studied. Workshop participants reiterated the usefulness of the concept each year, shared emerging practices used in software development organizations, and emphasized the need for more research and better means for sharing emerging practices and results.
As the interest from our industry and academic researchers in Technical Debt has steadily grown, the workshop series has morphed into a full conference in 2018. Our goal for this conference on Technical Debt is to bring together leading software engineering researchers and practitioners for the purpose of exploring theoretical and practical techniques for managing technical debt.
The following topics are aligned with the conference theme:
- Identification of technical debt
- Visualization of technical debt
- Analysis of technical debt
- Metrics for technical debt
- Economic models for describing or reasoning about technical debt
- Understanding causes and effects of technical debt
- Relationship of technical debt to software evolution, maintenance, and aging
- Relationship of technical debt with other activities, such as testing or requirement elicitation
- The business case for technical debt management
- Technical debt and software life-cycle management
- Technical debt within a software ecosystem
- Technical debt in designs and architecture
- Technical debt in software models
- Techniques and tools for calculating technical debt principal and interest
- Concrete practices and tools used to measure and control technical debt
- Education related to technical debt
We invite submissions of papers in any areas related to the theme and goal of the conference in the following three categories:
- Research Papers: describing innovative and significant original research in the field (up to 10 pages max.)
- Industrial Papers: describing industrial experience, case studies, challenges, problems, and solutions (up to 10 pages max)
- Short papers: Position and Future Trend Papers: describing ongoing research, new results (up to 5 pages max.)
Submissions must be original and unpublished work. Each submitted paper will undergo a rigorous review process by three members of the program committee. Submissions must be submitted online via the TechDebtConf2018 EasyChair conference management system and conform to the ACM formatting guidelines .
Upon notification of acceptance, all authors of accepted papers will be asked to complete an ACM Copyright form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera ready versions. All accepted contributions will be published in the conference electronic proceedings. The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ICSE 2018. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. Purchases of additional pages in the proceedings is not allowed.
Accepted papers must be presented in person at the conference by one of the authors. Excellent papers will be considered for a Distinguished Paper Award from ACM Sigsoft.
|* January 15:||Abstract submitted to EasyChair|
|* January 22:||Full papers entered in EasyChair|
|* March 1:||Notification of acceptance / rejection|
|* March 15:||Camera ready submission of final paper|
|* May 27-28:||Presentations|
TechDebt 2018 is the first International Conference on Technical Debt. It brings together leading researchers and industry practitioners in this growing field. Industry plays a critical role in the understanding of the management, monitoring, and calculations of technical debt in real world situations, and as such, new techniques, methods and tools that can aid practitioners and decision makers in these critical tasks are cordially invited to participate at TechDebt 2018, to be held in conjunction with ICSE 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Industry representatives interested in participating are encouraged to submit a letter of interest by January 5th, 2018 directly to Dr. Clemente Izurieta (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In your letter please state how you will contribute. There are various ways to participate:
- Submit an extended abstract (maximum of 2 pages). Abstracts are due on January 15th, 2018. Although extended abstracts are not peer reviewed, abstracts will be screened to ensure they meet the expectations of the tools track and are aligned with the overarching technical debt theme of the conference. In the abstract we suggest that authors address the purpose of the tool, its use in industry (if applicable), and its relevance to technical debt. Authors of accepted abstracts will be required to participate in a panel discussion.
- Tools Paper. Abstracts are due on January 15th, 2018, and papers are due on January 22nd, 2018. The intent of this option is to give vendors an opportunity to communicate tool experiences (e.g., practice, prototype, experimental, or new research) in tools associated with technical debt. Submissions can be in the form of short, industrial or research papers as specified in the Call for Papers at https://2018.techdebtconf.org/track/TechDebt-2018-papers#Call-for-Papers. These papers will be peer reviewed and must be submitted through EasyChair. When you submit, make sure you specify “Vendor Tools” in the keywords section of your paper. Authors of accepted papers will be required to present their results.
- Tool demonstration. If you propose to showcase a product from your company or organization, please let us know your power and space requirements.
- Poster. A poster should describe a tool, or some aspect consistent with tools of the trade. Poster abstracts are due on January 15th, 2018. Posters will be screened to ensure they meet the expectations of the tools track and are aligned with the overarching technical debt theme of the conference.
All inquiries may be directed to email@example.com
Keynote: The Past, Present, and Future of Technical Debt: Learning from the Past to Prepare for the Future
While technical debt has emerged as a formal concept relatively recently we have had technical debt from the earliest days of software development, it has simply evolved in nature. So what can we learn from past types of technical debt to allow us to prepare for its future forms? When we look back over recent software history, we can see identifiable evolutions of software systems, each one roughly aligning with a decade. In this talk we will explore what technical debt has meant during each era of software systems and what this might mean for technical debt in the future.
Eoin Woods is the CTO of Endava, a technology company that delivers projects in the areas of digital, agile, and automation. Prior to joining Endava, Eoin worked in the software engineering industry for 20 years, developing system software products and complex applications in the capital markets domain. His main technical interests are software architecture, distributed systems, and computer security, and he is the author of a book and a number of practitioner and research publications in these fields. Eoin can be contacted via his website at www.eoinwoods.info.
An Exploratory Study on the Influence of Developers in Technical Debt
Reem Alfayez, Pooyan Behnamghader, Kamonphop Srisopha, and Barry Boehm
Limiting Technical Debt with Maintainability Assurance: An Industry Survey on Used Techniques and Differences with Service- and Microservice-Based Systems
Justus Bogner, Jonas Fritzsch, Stefan Wagner, and Alfred Zimmermann
A Position Study to Investigate Technical Debt Associated with Security Weakness
Clemente Izurieta, David Rice, Kali Kimball, and Tessa Valentien
Technical Debt as an External Software Attribute
Luigi Lavazza, Sandro Morasca, and Davide Tosi
Governing Technology Debt: Beyond Technical Debt
Johan Magnusson, Carlos Juiz, Beatriz Gomez, and Belen Bermejo
Prioritizing Technical Debt in Database Normalization Using Portfolio Theory and Data Quality Metrics
Mashel Albarak and Rami Bahsoon
Trade-off Decisions Across Time in Technical Debt Management: A Systematic Literature Review
Christoph Becker, Ruzanna Chitchyan, Stefanie Betz, and Curtis McCord
Design Debt Prioritization: A Design Best Practice-Based Approach
Reinhold Ploesch, Johannes Braeuer, Christian Koerner, and Matthias Saft
Evaluating Domain-Specific Metric Thresholds: An Empirical Study
Allan Victor Mori, Gustavo Vale, Markos Viggiato, Johnatan Oliveira, Eduardo Figueiredo, Elder Cirilo, Pooyan Jamshidi, and Christian Kastner
The Developer’s Dilemma: Factors Affecting the Decision to Repay Code Debt
Theodoros Amanatidis, Nikolaos Mittas, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, Apostolos Ampatzoglou, and Lefteris Angelis
A Framework for Managing Interest in Technical Debt: An Industrial Validation
Areti Ampatzoglou, Alexander Michailidis, Christos Sarikyriakidis, Apostolos Ampatzoglou, Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, and Paris Avgeriou
Architectural Technical Debt Identification: The Research Landscape
Roberto Verdecchia, Ivano Malavolta, and Patricia Lago
From Lasagna to Spaghetti: A Decision Model to Manage Defect Debt
Abdullah Aldaeej and Carolyn Seaman
Technical Debt Cripples Software Developer Productivity: A Longitudinal Study on Developers’ Daily Software Development Work
Terese Besker, Antonio Martini, and Jan Bosch
A Proposed Sizing Model for Managing Third-Party Code Technical Debt
Will Snipes and Srini Ramaswamy
Technical Debt-Related Information Asymmetry Between Finance and IT
Thomas Stablein, Don Berndt, and Matthew Mullarkey
Introducing Debtgrep, a Tool for Fighting Technical Debt in Base Station Software
Svante Arvedahl, Ericsson
Static Software Metrics for Reliability and Maintainability
Jeremy Ludwig and Steven Xu, Stottler Henke Associates, Inc., and Frederick Webber, Air Force Research Laboratory
AnaConDebt: A Tool to Assess and Track Technical Debt
Antonio Martini, University of Oslo
Cognitive Complexity: An Origin Story Overview and Evaluation
Ann Campbell, SonarSource S.A.
Prioritize Technical Debt in Large-Scale Systems Using CodeScene
Adam Tornhill, Empear AB
|Paris Avgeriou, University of Groningen|
|Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia|
|Robert L. Nord, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute|
|Ipek Ozkaya, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute|
|Carolyn Seaman, University of Maryland Baltimore County|
|Philippe Kruchten||University of British Columbia||Program Co-chair|
|Frank Buschmann||Siemens AG||Program Co-chair|
|Esra Alzaghoul||University of Jordan|
|Francesca Arcelli Fontana||University of Milano Bicocca|
|Paris Avgeriou||University of Groningen|
|Stephany Bellomo||Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute|
|Ayse Bener||Ryerson University|
|Terese Besker||Chalmers University of Technology|
|Christian Bird||Microsoft Research|
|Jan Bosch||Chalmers University of Technology|
|Alexander Chatzigeorgiou||University of Macedonia|
|Zadia Codabux||Colby College|
|Robert Eisenberg||Lockheed Martin|
|Hakan Erdogmus||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Davide Falessi||California Polytechnic State University|
|Juan Garbajosa||Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)|
|Johannes Holvitie||University of Turku|
|Clemente Izurieta||Montana State University|
|Andreas Jedlitschka||Fraunhofer IESE|
|Heiko Koziolek||ABB Corporate Research|
|Ville Leppänen||University of Turku|
|Antonio Martini||Chalmers University of Technology|
|Andrew Meneely||Rochester Institute of Technology|
|David Morgenthaler||Google, Inc.|
|Ipek Ozkaya||Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute|
|Jennifer Perez||Technical University of Madrid (UPM)|
|Narayan Ramasubbu||University of Pittsburgh|
|Gonzalo Rojas||University of Concepcion|
|Klaus Schmid||University of Hildesheim|
|Carolyn Seaman||University of Maryland Baltimore County|
|Andriy Shapochka||SoftServe Inc.|
|Emad Shihab||Concordia University|
|Forrest Shull||Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute|
|Will Snipes||ABB Corporate Research|
|Wolfgang Trumler||Siemens AG|
|Jesse Yli-Huumo||Aalto University|
|Olaf Zimmermann||University of Applied Sciences (HSR FHO)|
To accelerate progress, an expanded two-day working conference format has become essential. The inaugural edition of the TechDebt Conference was held jointly with ICSE 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden, May 27–28, 2018. Researchers, practitioners, and tool vendors explored theoretical and practical techniques that manage technical debt.
A week-long Dagstuhl Seminar on Managing Technical Debt in Software Engineering, April 17 – 22 , 2016, has produced a consensus definition for technical debt, a draft conceptual model, and a research roadmap.
The Managing Technical Debt workshop series has provided a forum since 2010 for practitioners and researchers to discuss issues related to technical debt and share emerging practices used in software-development organizations.