A software process provides a game plan for organizing project teams and running projects. Software processes have existed in many forms, over a period of decades. Yet, it is still a challenge to select the most appropriate process for a given context. A multitude of development approaches compete for the developers’ favour, and there is no silver bullet serving all possible setups. Moreover, recent research as well as experience from practice show companies utilizing different development approaches to assemble the best-fitting approach for the respective company, team and project at that point in time. For instance, a more traditional process might provide the basic framework often to serve the organization, while project teams embody this framework with more agile (and/or lean) practices to leverage their flexibility.


This Workshop continues the software process community work initiated at ICSSP 2016 (Austin, Texas). The HELENA (“Hybrid dEveLopmENt Approaches in software systems development”) study aims to investigate the current state of practice in software and systems development. In particular, we aim to determine which development approaches (traditional, agile, mainstream, or homegrown) are used in practice and how they are combined, how such combinations are developed over time, and if and how standards (e.g., safety standards) affect the development process as such and the methods applied. With this information, we aim to push forward systematic process design and improvement activities to allow for more efficient and lower-overhead development approaches.

HELENA has been planned as a 3-stage international research endeavour. The first stage initiated data collection through the building and testing of a survey instrument. The second stage enabled “mass data” collection using a revised survey instrument, available in four languages. This second stage was conducted via a large international consortium comprising more than 70 partners from more than 20 countries. Finally, the third stage will emphasize more focused research based on the outcomes of the second stage.

In this Workshop, we aim to bring together all (academic) HELENA contributors to:

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

Note​: for all these agenda items, we will include detailed discussions on an EU Cost Action Network, which will be submitted before the event.


The 3rd HELENA Workshop is a full-day event, organized for the community to meet and advance topics of interest.  Visitors and interested future collaborators are also welcome.

The 3rd Workshop is organized by:

  • Paolo Tell, IT University of Copenhagen
  • Stephen MacDonell, Auckland University of Technology
  • Sherlock Licorish, University of Otago

(see also the HELENA Team)

Submissions [UPDATED!]

The Workshop welcomes short paper submissions (maximum 6 pages in Springer LNCS proceedings format).  Call for paper and submission page.  Submissions should focus mainly on presenting:

  • Preliminary results of work in progress aimed at larger endeavours
  • Position papers that would stimulate discussions at the event


Confirmed outline of the deadlines:

  • Submission of abstracts: July 22, 2018 (was July 15, 2018)
  • Submission of full papers: July 29, 2018 (was July 22, 2018)
  • Notification of authors: August 15, 2018
  • Author kit for camera-ready: August 25, 2018 (expected)
  • Camera ready submission: September 2, 2018 (HARD)


All participants will have to register as regular attendees.


The 3rd HELENA workshop will be co-located with Profes 2018 in Wolfsburg, Germany.


Time Topic
15′ Welcome and Introduction (P. Tell, S. MacDonell, S. Licorish)
15′ HELENA: report of the current state from a global perspective
40′ Presentation of submitted articles (20’ per presentation)

·      Possibilities of applying institutional theory in the study of hybrid software development concepts and practices. Doležel M.

·      Towards a better understanding of the motivation of German organizations to apply certain development methods. Klünder J., Hohl P., Krusche S., Lous P., Fazal-Baqaie M., Küpper S., Prause C.R.

60′ Reports from ongoing initiatives (10’ to 20’ per presentation)
10’ Presentation of major topics under investigation (work packages from the EU cost action)
10’ Discussion on further topics that should be considered for inclusion
90’ Working groups on major topics and newly created ones (if any)
60’ Plenary session based on outcomes from working groups
60’ Presentation and discussion of the foci for the third phase of HELENA
30’ Refinement of the HELENA Agenda and next steps
15′ Closing session


Thank you to all participants!!!