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CfP: IEEE WETICE Knowledge Management for Distributed Agile Processes (KMDAP'03)

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  • Grigori Melnik
    Please accept our apologies if you receive multiple copies of this e-mail. ... CALL FOR PAPERS 1st Workshop on Knowledge Management for Distributed Agile
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 10, 2003
      Please accept our apologies if you receive multiple copies of this e-mail.
                                  CALL FOR PAPERS

                                  1st Workshop on
              Knowledge Management for Distributed Agile Processes:
                      Models, Techniques, and Infrastructure
                                     (KMDAP '03)

                                       for the
            Twelfth IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies:
              Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises (WET ICE '03).
                  June 9-11, 2003, University of Linz, Linz, Austria
         Up-to-date information on the workshop can be found at

      Workshop Description
      Knowledge Management (KM)  is currently  receiving increasing  attention in
      diverse areas such as medicine and systems engineering. Here, special focus
      is put on  process-oriented Knowledge  Management, where abstract  activity
      descriptions  serve   as  the  primary  means  to  capture,  organize,  and
      distribute  knowledge  items  that  are relevant  during individual, actual
      process steps. Most approaches developed so far rely on static processes as
      well  as  on  documents indexed  by  formalized  meta-data  and  additional
      ontologies. However, these approaches are inadequate for highly dynamic and
      volatile processes, whose steps cannot  be planned in  advance, and  during
      which new, unanticipated "knowledge needs" frequently arise. Such processes
      handle  mostly  informal documents  and  rely on face-to-face communication
      between  participants. Typical examples of such processes occur in  domains
      like medical diagnostics and disaster management.
      In   Software   Engineering,  the  realization  that  software  development
      processes are inherently dynamic inspired an entire new discipline focusing
      on   "Agile   Software    Development   Processes".  These   human-centered
      methodologies are being increasingly applied in  the  past couple of years.
      However, trading off explicit knowledge captured in documentation for tacit
      interpersonal  knowledge  poses  new  challenges, especially in the case of
      distributed  settings,  where   support  by   proper  Knowledge  Management
      techniques is essential.
      The main goals of this workshop are  to  bring  together  practitioners and
      researchers from the areas of Knowledge Management and Agile Processes from
      different domains to discuss the current state  of ongoing research efforts
      and  to  share  their  practical  experiences  with  adaptation  of  modern
      Knowledge Management techniques by agile teams.

      Topics of Interest
      Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
       - Knowledge management support systems for agile teams
       - How to remain agile while applying KM techniques relying on explicit
         knowledge representation?
       - KM techniques that help making processes more agile
       - KM to improve agile processes (self-adaptive processes)
       - Collaborative ontology construction and mediation
       - Knowledge assets of agile teams
       - Knowledge elicitation in distributed agile processes
       - Proactive knowledge distribution
       - Cooperative adaptation of knowledge in agile processes
       - Managing tacit knowledge
       - Inter-project knowledge integration and management
       - Knowledge visualization for agile teams
       - Knowledge annealing

      In  the  context  of  this  workshop,  our notion of distribution is a wide
      one,  encompassing  any situation  where direct  face-to-face communication
      between (current or former) process participants is somehow inhibited.
      Concerning  the  notion  of  agility, a number of interpretations have been
      developed by different industries (e.g., see [2] for the Software Industry).
      For the purpose of this workshop, we adopt the encompassing view  from [1],
      where  business agility is defined as "the ability to demonstrate flexible,
      efficient  and  swift  responses  to  changing  circumstances by maximizing
      physical and human resources."
      [1] Gartner UK Ltd.: "The Age of Agility", Report prepared by Gartner for
          BT, July 2002

      Paper Submission
      Papers (maximum: 6 pages in 10-pt Times, single-spaced)  can  be  submitted
      for  review in PDF or RTF format. Papers longer  than  6 pages  will not be

      Please submit your papers via e-mail to
          Harald Holz

      Authors  will  be  requested  to  take  part in the peer review process and
      will  be  asked  to  review  other  submissions.   In  order  to  ensure an
      anonymous   review  process, please try to avoid  including any information
      in the body  of the paper or references that would  identify the authors or
      their   institutions.  Instead,  please   provide  the  names  and  contact
      information of the authors in your submission  e-mail. This information can
      also be added to the final camera-ready version for  publication at a later

      Accepted  papers will  be  published  in  the  post-conference  proceedings
      (publisher: the IEEE Computer Press).  Final  camera-ready  copies  may not
      exceed six pages  and  must  conform  to  the  IEEE  Computer Society Press
      Proceedings Author Guidelines,
      Each  accepted  paper  should have at least one author register and present
      the paper at WETICE-2003 to get the paper published in the Proceedings.

      Important Dates
       Paper submission deadline:          March 7, 2003
       Notification of acceptance:         April 11, 2003
       Final camera ready copies of accepted papers
       due to IEEE:                        May 16, 2003
       Advance registration by:            May 16, 2003
       Workshop:                           June 9-11, 2003

      Workshop Location
      Linz  is  the  Upper Austrian state capital, third largest city in Austria,
      and  located  on  both  sides  of the Danube. For more information on Linz,
      please see:
      For more information on Austria, please see:

      Organizing Committee
        Harald Holz, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
        Grigori Melnik, University of Calgary, Canada
        Martin Schaaf, University of Hildesheim, Germany

      Program Committee
        Klaus-Dieter Althoff, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software
                              Engineering (IESE), Germany
        Ralph Bergmann, University of Hildesheim, Germany
        Ansgar Bernardi, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
                         (DFKI) GmbH, Germany
        Ward Cunningham, Cunningham & Cunningham, Inc., USA
        Mehmet Goeker, Kaidara Software Inc., USA
        Scott Henninger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
        Frank Maurer, University of Calgary, Canada
        Charles Petrie, Stanford University, USA
        Michael M. Richter, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
        Steffen Staab, University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany
        Laurie Williams, North Carolina State University, USA

      Please contact Harald  Holz (holz@...-kl.de) with questions and/
      or suggestions.
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