Call for Papers
Requirements Engineering (RE) is a way to understand wishes and expectations. Through RE we speak the same language and have a common means of expression. As a result we understand each other, irrespective of whether we're a customer, manufacturer or supplier.
The most important thing is that we talk to one another. Tools, rules, contracts, established practices, methods, frameworks and principles can support us in this. But, ultimately, our values and mindsets play a key role. Values and mindsets on the other hand have been shaped by our culture.
Can we specify culture? What actually is culture? What constitutes culture? Which definitions and frameworks help to make the issue of 'culture' and specifically 'corporate culture' tangible? And in what way can it influence RE? How can culture be analysed?
The instruments used for communication, means of expression and specific terminology are all important in this. Certain existing conventions and procedures may difficult to explain at first sight, but are in fact culturally based.
Be part of it with your presentation!
REConf® is a conference of delegates for delegates. That's why we wish to encourage you to make a contribution! Even if making presentations is not part of your normal job. In your presentation you are welcome to talk about successful practices and, even better, about challenges in dealing with new approaches in RE. Your experiences can be a of great help to other delegates and provide positive impulses.
Below you will find groups of topics to guide you in your submission. We are looking for presentations(papers) in the following areas:
How can we intervene in cultures that prevent good requirements management?
Which starting positions and approaches make reflection and rethinking possible in the first place?
What do we need to do so that people "hear the penny drop"? And at which level and on which points can we focus on to successfully intervene?
RE in Autonomous Systems, IoT and the Digital World
We wish to ensure the quality of modern and complex products. To that end, the development process is subject to ever increasing requirements. That RE is of central importance in system development processes is now absolutely clear. But, in view of the complexity, do we need entirely new stand-alone methods? How could AI support Requirements Engineering to handle these future challenges? What does a particular culture look like in networked development? Which additional cultural requirements do we have to meet now?
Success and Failure
Sometimes culture stands in the way of change. But there are are also cultures that support change. Where can corporate culture (incl. your formal organisation / organisational structure) support change? What cultural factors support good RE? What factors hinder it?
What does the requirements profile for a culture that supports good RE look like?
RE and Systems Thinking
System-theoretical concepts, largely developed from engineering, have been quickly applied to asking "soft" questions. This has also given rise to concepts such as systematic coaching and operations research.
Can we address questions of culture from an engineer's perspective? How can concepts such as cybernetics, systems thinking and system dynamics help us in this?
According to a study by the Boston Consulting Group, agile organisations are up to five-times more likely to produce higher margins and stronger growth than their competitors. In an agile environment, to what extent is RE a question of culture? How can RE provide support in agile cultures? What happens to RE with agile transformation?
RE in Software Development
Software development is becoming increasingly important in organisations. Even in ones that have no technical product development, for example the service sector. Does RE have special tasks in software development? In pure software development, could we actually handle culture without RE? Is rapid prototyping the solution?
Hybrid Approaches - Does it make sense?
We often have the need to combine both agile and traditional approaches in our businesses. Is this possible? And if yes, does it produce the same or a better result than in a monoculture? How does company culture need to be established for this?
In requirements, we communicate at different levels and with different languages (e.g. specialist terminology/IT language) These various languages highlight cultural differences. This often results in barriers. We need to overcome them. We can create trust with a common understanding and mindset. It is the basis for successful cooperation irrespective of language. This is simply a question of culture.
Culture of Support Tools
What do our tools need to provide in the future, in order to support new types of RE and cooperation? What culturally-driven expectations do we place on tools? How can AI help? How does UX support it?
As in previous years, we are using a professional web-based tool (ConfTool) for submission of papers.
You will find a template for structuring your submission here.
- All persons who handed in a paper will be notified beginning of November 2019 whether their paper has been accepted by the prgrom committee.
- As an accepted speaker you get free access to the conference 24/25 March 2020 and to the welcome reception of Monday 23 March 2019 and evening session of Thuesday 24 March 2020.
- It is not necessary to register as a speaker: As a speaker or first co-speaker for a presentation that has been accepted, you do not have to register for the conference via the shop.
For additional co-speakers: please note the relevant point in the list below.
- Co-speakers: The speaker for each presentation that has been accepted has free entrance to the all conference presentations (not to the workshops). A maximum of one additional co-speaker per presentation has free access to the conference. However, this free admission is only valid when the co-speaker was named at the time of submitting the presentation.
- Registering as a conference speaker at the event: At the conference, you only need to give your name at the registration desk to receive a full conference pack and your name badge. If you would like to take part in the Speed Presentation, we would ask you to attend the keynote session and to take a seat in the first row: this will ensure everything runs smoothly. Please also note that, due to the high number of participants (particularly on Tuesday morning), there may be some delays in registration.
- Travel and accommodation: Participation in the conference is free of charge for you; you will need to take care of your own travel and accommodation arrangements. You will find the link for booking accommodation at special REConf rates here. Because this allocation of rooms is limited, please book your accommodation as far in advance as possible.
- Speed Presentation: As last year, the day's presentations will once again be introduced directly after the opening keynotes on 24/25 March 2020. Each speaker has one slide and exactly one minute to introduce their presentation to the conference delegates. This is very useful for delegates in deciding which presentations they wish to attend during the day; and a good opportunity for speakers to promote their presentation to conference delegates.
- Final presentation slides: Please have your final presentation slides, your presentation in PDF format (which we will offer as a download after the conference) and the slide for your Speed Presentation ready 01. March 2020. You will get additional information on that.