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  • Filipe Correia
    QUATIC 2010 Thematic Track: Quality in Agile Methods 7th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 13, 2010
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      QUATIC 2010 Thematic Track: Quality in Agile Methods
      7th International Conference on the Quality of Information and
      Communications Technology
      Faculty of Engineering, Porto University
      Oporto, Portugal
      29 September to 2 October 2010

      *** Call for Papers ***

      Agile methods have gained popularity due to their ability to cope with
      unstable requirements throughout the development life cycle, improving
      communication between developers and customers, and delivering
      products in shorter time frames, with more constrained budgets, when
      compared to traditional development methods. However, the real impact
      of agility in quality is a controversial topic. Although agility has
      earned support from many researchers and practitioners, the evidence
      provided by those supporters to back up their claims has yet to
      convince agility skeptics. The ICT systems community would benefit
      from compelling evidence with respect to the contexts in which agility
      is a good option (and those where a more traditional approach is more
      advisable), and to the effects of agility in software quality. We seek
      contributions on the impact of agility in the quality of ICT systems.

      Suggested topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:
      * Evidence, and "reports from the trenches" concerning the Agile
      Manifesto and its impact on ICT systems quality
      * Agile versus Traditional Quality Management
      * Evaluation of the Quality Assurance Activities and Practices in the
      context of agile methods
      * Agility in the context of long-lived ICT systems (with developers
      turnover, ...)
      * Empirical evaluation on evidence concerning the effect of agility in quality
      * Quality metrics for Agile Project Management
      * Gaps in Agile Software Quality Assurance activities
      * Agile Quality Trends and Agile Quality Improvements

      *** Selection process ***

      The paper selection process for this conference is innovative, in that it
      will be organized in three rounds, of increasing Quality ratings. On the
      first round, the thematic tracks papers will be selected. On the second
      round, the best papers of the first round will be given a chance to
      participate in the main track with an extended version of their work. On the
      third round, the best papers for the second round will be given the chance
      to participate on a special edition of a peer-reviewed journal.

      *** Paper submission ***

      We are seeking papers in English both of a scientific nature and/or
      containing reports on experiences coming from the industry and services.
      Papers with the explicit purpose of promoting companies, services or
      products will not be accepted. We encourage the authors of papers with a
      more scientific flavor to take into account the applicability of their work
      in a company environment and the experience reports from companies to have
      an adequate scientific framework. Papers must not have been previously
      published or submitted elsewhere. Authors are requested to submit a PDF
      version of their papers in IEEE format. These papers should not exceed 6
      pages, including figures, references, and appendices.
      Submissions must be done on the following URL:


      Each submitted regular paper will have a blind review from, at least, 3
      members of the Track Program Committee.
      Papers in the Main Track will be chosen among the 3 best papers submitted on
      each Thematic Track. The Thematic Track Program Chair will invite the
      corresponding authors to produce an extended version not exceeding 10 pages,
      IEEE format, including figures, references, and appendices. Information
      about the final submission (format and submission procedure) will be
      forwarded in the invitation email. The QUATIC'2010 Program Committee will
      perform a blind review of the extended versions (at least by 3 reviewers) to
      guarantee that the final version is up to this conference's standards.
      Selected papers for the Main Track will appear in the conference proceedings
      in its extended version only instead of the short (track-only) one. Authors
      of these accepted extended papers will have the chance to present their work
      orally twice: one for the more focused audience in the scope of the
      corresponding Thematic Track (these tracks run in parallel in the first day)
      and a second one in the scope of the Main Track for a much larger audience.
      For the authors whose extended version cannot be accepted, the short version
      will be kept in the corresponding Thematic Track and, consequently, in the
      conference proceedings.

      *** Proceedings publication ***

      As in the previous edition, papers accepted at this conference will be
      published by the IEEE Computer Society Press (Los Alamitos, California,
      USA). Participants will receive a proceedings paper edition containing Main
      Track papers and a CD containing the electronic proceedings with all
      Thematic Track papers. Papers and other presentation materials accepted for
      the Industrial Track will be published online at the conference website.
      Papers exceeding established limits will be charged for pages in excess.
      Authors of accepted papers must sign the IEEE copyright form. At least one
      author of each accepted submission must register and present the paper at
      the conference, to assure its inclusion in the conference proceedings. Like
      in previous editions, QUATIC proceedings will be indexed by the IEEE Digital
      Library, ISI Web of Science, SCOPUS, ACM Portal, DBLP and DOI System. During
      the closing session of QUATIC'2010, awards will be given to the best papers
      presented during the meeting. Authors of selected papers will be invited to
      submit extended versions to be published in a special edition of the ASQ
      Software Quality Professional Journal.

      *** Important dates ***

      - Quality in Agile Methods Thematic Track
      Abstract submissions: 1 April 2010
      Paper submissions: 11 April 2010
      Authors' notification: 5 May 2010
      Camera-ready: 6 June 2010

      - Main Track
      Invitation to main track: 5 May 2010
      Extended paper submission: 30 May 2010
      Reviewers' feedback: 24 June 2010
      Camera-ready: 16 July 2010

      *** Organization ***

      Organizing Chair - João Pascoal Faria <jpf@...> (FEUP)
      Organizing Co-Chair - Ana Paiva <apaiva@...> (FEUP)
      Program Chair - Fernando Brito e Abreu <fba@...> (FCT/UNL)
      Program Co-Chair - Miguel Goulão <miguel.goulao@...> (FCT/UNL)
      Industrial Chair - Jorge S. Coelho <Jorge.S.Coelho@...>(SisConsult)
      Publications Chair - Ricardo J. Machado <rmac@...> (Univ. Minho)
      Sponsor Chair - Raul Moreira Vidal <rmvidal@...> (FEUP)
      Image & Marketing Chair - João Sabbo <joao.sabbo@...> (CS03)
      Web Chair - Rafael Pires <rafael.pires@...> (FEUP)

      *** Track Committee ***

      Chair - Panagiotis Sfetsos <sfetsos@...> (Alexander Technological
      Educational Inst., Thessalonki, Greece <http://aetos.it.teithe.gr/~sfetsos/>
      Local Co-Organizing Chair - Filipe Figueiredo Correia
      <filipe.correia@...> (FEUP)
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