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Tuesday, May 23 • 09:00 - 10:15
Evidence-Driven Change in Software Development, Is It Feasible?

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Evidence-based software engineering through the use of systematic literature studies (reviews and maps) has emerged. However, actual changes to software development practices are mostly not based on scientific evidence. Should they be? Or is it impossible given the fast paced evolution of technology and methodologies? The keynote addresses the circumstances under which evidence-driven change is feasible as seen by the presenter. In particular, three main areas are highlighted. The three areas are: software engineering principles, close collaboration between industry and academia, and to challenge well-established “truths”. The points made are exemplified based on systematic literature studies, industry collaboration and research on developing empirically based software engineering theories.
The keynote is focused on the needs for change in industry and academia to make evidence-driven change possible. From a research perspective, it has been established that synthesis of evidence is difficult and improvements are needed. At the same time, industry ought to be more interested in evidence and not being governed by their gut feeling and sometimes even misconceptions. Thus, industry and academia have a joint challenge in establishing a more evidence-driven approach to improving software development practices.

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Claes Wohlin

Professor and Dean, Blekinge Institute of Technology
Claes is a professor in software engineering and dean of the Faculty of Computing at Blekinge Institute of Technology. In 2011, he was elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. His main research interest include agile and lean software development, and evidence-based... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 09:00 - 10:15 CEST
Ballroom B+C+D (Keynote) 1st Floor