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BCS Manchester Branch is supporting RISE (Researching Industry-based Software Engineering) North West, a new forum for academics and practitioners interested in applied software engineering, agile methods and digital technology.

Our aim is to create opportunities for researchers and practitioners to network, identify trends and build consensus on areas of common interest. Our long term goal is to become a significant focus for applied software engineering and industry collaboration with Universities in the north west of England.

We are soliciting presentation proposals based on previously published work, position papers or experience reports. Topics of interest at the workshop include all aspects of applied digital technology and software engineering with a particular focus on:
• Conducting empirical studies with industry, public and third sector stakeholders
• Large-scale and legacy projects
• Agile (Scrum, lean, Spotify, etc.) methods, projects, culture and organisation
• Global software engineering
• Human aspects and values in software development practice


We are soliciting three types of contributions.
Research Presentation Abstracts
• One page abstracts should include a summary of: context, problem, research methods, findings and conclusions.
Experience Report Abstracts (must include one or more authors from industry)
• One page abstracts should include a summary of: context, problem, best practices, lessons learned and conclusions.
Research Directions
• One page abstracts for practitioners to make the case for researchers to tackle specific problem areas or challenges.

Submission Instructions

Submissions are through EasyChair, in IEEE two column conference format. Submission templates are available from


The EasyChair submission page is at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wesei19


Key dates

• Abstract submissions: 17th May 2019
• Notification: 10th June 2019
• Workshop: 4th July 2019


Programme Committee Co-chairs:

Julian Bass, University of Salford
Peggy Gregory, University of Central Lancashire
Darren Dancy, Manchester Metropolitan University


Workshop aims:
1) Communicate research interests, experiences and findings
3) Enlarge personal networks (within industry and industry-researchers)
4) Identify topics for future research

09:30 - Welcome & Brief Intro (Julian Bass, Peggy Gregory & Darren Dancy)Background, aims for the day, further activities
09:45 - Keynote, Professor Tracy Hall (40 mins + 10 mins QA)
10:35 - Identify Challenges & Success factors for researching with industry – post-it notes
Discussion to identify topics for afternoon (25 mins)
11:00 - Coffee
11:20 - Antony Grinyer – Agile Transformation Resistance: Patterns for Adoption Comfort, Abdallah Salameh – Influential Factors on Aligning Spotify Squads
Andy Haxby – Seven Years of Enterprise Agile, Peggy Gregory et al – A Practice-based Approach to Agile Culture (15 mins x 4 + 5 minutes QA per talk)
12:40 - Lunch
13:10 - Alastair Faulkner – Data, Data Everywhere: Software Engineering Superabundant Systems, Lucy Hunt – Story Telling for Software Engineers, Amr Hamed – Tailoring Scrum for Product Service Innovation, Scarlet Rahy – Information Flows and Inter-Team Boundaries in Agile Information Systems Alastair (15 mins x 4
+ 5 minutes QA per talk)
14:30 - Tea
14:50 - World Café Discussion or Open Space – about challenges identified (1 hour)
16:00 - Feedback, Summary, Next Steps
16:30 - Close

Workshop on Empirical Software Engineering in Industry - Manchester Branch
Date and time
Thursday 4 July, 9:30am - 4:30pm
University of Salford
Council Chamber, Old Fire Station
The Crescent
M5 4WT
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