A software process is the game plan to organize project teams and run projects. Yet, it still is a challenge to select the appropriate development approach for the respective context. A multitude of development approaches compete for the users’ favor, but there is no silver bullet serving all possible setups. Moreover, recent research as well as experience from practice shows companies utilizing different development approaches to assemble the best-fitting approach for the respective company: a more traditional process provides the basic framework to serve the organization, while project teams embody this framework with more agile (and/or lean) practices to keep their flexibility.


This workshop addresses the community work initiated at ICSSP 2016 (Austin, Texas) and continued in the 1st HELENA Workshop (Paris, France); in particular, the HELENA survey with which we aim to investigate the use of “Hybrid dEveLopmENt Approaches in software systems development”. This 2nd workshop will be co-located with the 18th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement (Innsbruck, Austria).

Currently, the HELENA community comprises more than 70 (academic) contributors from more than 20 countries. In this workshop, we aim at bringing together all (academic) contributors and further interested people to:

  1. Report the current state and (tentative) outcomes of the HELENA survey (from a global and regional perspective)
  2. Develop a work program and define next steps within the whole community
  3. Build working groups, which work on selected (sub-)topics of interest

Format and Program

The 2nd HELENA Workshop is a full-day event, organized for the community to meet and discuss topics of interest. Of course, visitors and interested future collaborators are always welcome.

The second workshop is organized by:

  • Marco Kuhrmann
  • Philipp Diebold
  • Jürgen Münch
  • Stephen MacDonell

(see also the HELENA Team)


Here is the program for the second workshop:

No. Topic
09:00-09:05 Welcome and Introduction (M. Kuhrmann, S. MacDonell)
09:05-09:45 Reports from the regions (followed by a discussion of the global and regional status in the whole group)

  1. Initial Results of the HELENA Survey Conducted in Estonia with Comparison to Results from Sweden and Worldwide; Ezequiel et al. for Estonia and Sweden
  2. Hybrid Software and Systems Development in Practice: Perspectives from Sweden and Uganda; Nakatumba-Nabende et al. for Uganda and Sweden
  3. HELENA Stage2 – Danish Overview; Tell et al. for Denmark
  4. HELENA Study: Reasons for Combining Agile and Traditional Software Development Approaches in German Companies; Klünder et al. for Germany
  5. Hybrid Software and System Development in Practice: Initial Results from Austria; Felderer et al. for Austria
  6. HELENA Study: Initial observations of Software Development Practices in Argentina; Paez et al. for Argentina


  1. M. Kroop: Hybrid Facts from the Swiss Agile Study and Swiss Helena Data, Switzerland
09:45-10:30 Wrap up of results and work that happened since the 1st workshop:

  1. Report of the current state from a global perspective (M. Kuhrmann)
  2. EU Cost Action Network application status (M. Kuhrmann)
  3. Terminology working group (P. Tell, Ö. Top)
10:30-11:00  Break
11:00-11:45 Lightning Talks:

  1. A. Krieg: Holistic approach of an agile organization, Acando, Hamburg
  2. S. MacDonell: Results from New Zealand, New Zealand
  3. D. Mendéz Fernández: Naming the Pain in Requirements Engineering (NaPiRE) Initiative, Germany
  4. M. Ciolkowski: TBD (requested)
11:45-12:30 Discussion of the results and next steps, setup of working groups and continuing in breakout sessions
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-16:00 Breakout session (incl. Breaks)
16:00-16:45 Presentation of the working group results
16:45-17:15 Development of the HELENA Agenda and next steps
17:15-17:30 Closing (Organizers)

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