The 17th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement

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The 17th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES2016) brings together researchers and practitioners to share their findings and experiences in professional software process and product improvement. PROFES 2016 will focus on how the challenges of improving software processes and product improvement are being addressed and resolved within the different practice areas such as requirements, design, construction, testing, maintenance, process, methods, management, etc. The conference explicitly encourages submissions of evidence-based research papers ranging from controlled experiments to case studies and from quantitative to qualitative studies.

The topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Process modelling, management, assessment and improvement
  • Value-driven software development
  • Processes for software innovation
  • Infrastructure and processes for iterative or incremental software delivery
  • Release planning
  • Continuous deployment
  • Development approaches using customer feedback
  • Product quality models for software, system, and services
  • Project management techniques
  • Methods and processes for developing cloud-based systems and services
  • Software development for Cyber Physical Systems
  • Agile and lean methods and processes
  • Global or distributed software development
  • Processes and methods for COTS and open source development
  • Service engineering processes
  • Software business models
  • Software Engineering in startups


Research track:

  • Research papers and experience reports June 10th, 2016 June 24th, 2016
  • Notification of accepted/rejected papers: July 10th, 2016 July 17th, 2016 August 9th, 2016
  • Camera ready paper for Springer publication: August 10th, 2016 September 9th, 2016

Workshop proposals:

  • Workshop proposals: June 1st, 2016 June 24th, 2016
  • Notification of accepted/rejected workshops: June 15th, 2016 July 7th, 2016

Tutorials / Posters / Panels:

  • Tutorial, poster or panel proposals: August 31st, 2016
  • Notification of accepted tutorial, poster panel submissions:
    September 14th, 2016


We invite submissions of full papers (max. 16 pages), and short papers (max. 8 pages) related to all the topics of interest of the conference. The research radical challenge track provides a forum where new research can be presented, communicated, and discussed. Accepted short papers should include initial validation, although the results do not have to be as complete as for full papers. Papers (full papers and short papers) that address collaborations between industry and academia, case studies as well as experience reports on any of the conference themes are welcome.

All submitted papers will undergo a rigorous peer review process. Papers will be selected based on originality, quality, soundness and relevance. All contributions must be original, not published, accepted or submitted for publication elsewhere. All papers should be submitted in PDF format through EasyChair (explicit link: Submitted papers must conform to the Springer LNCS author guidelines.

Submission Template:
Information for Authors of Computer Science Publications (LNCS template)

Submission Portal:


Publication of the submission in the proceedings requires the following steps:

Step 1: Upload in Easychair a revised version of your paper, taking into
account the comments from reviewers.

The paper must strictly follow the Springer LNCS format and not exceed the page limit for the category of your paper:
– Full Papers – maximum length of 16 pages
– Short Papers – maximum length of 8 pages
– Poster Papers – maximum length of 4 pages

Please do not forget to proof-read your submission for grammar and
spelling. Your camera-ready is due on ***September-9th, 2016*** (fixed deadline).

Step 2: Together with your paper, upload a signed copyright form –
available here.

Step 3: At least one of the authors of the submission should register for
the conference before ***October-21st, 2016*** (early registration
deadline). The conference registration site will open at August-22nd, 2016.

We are looking forward receiving your camera ready contributions by
Sep-9th! Please contact us if you have any further questions.


PROFES will host workshops and tutorials that will complement and enhance the main conference program, offering a wider knowledge perspective around the conference topics.

Workshops and Tutorials are expected to be in tune with the topics of interest of the conference. Workshop or tutorial proposals on interesting topics related to ongoing research or industrial projects are welcome. Tutorials and workshops are either half or full day. Accepted tutorials are documented in short summary papers (1-3 pages) which will be published in the main conference proceedings. Papers that will be accepted for the workshops will be also published in the main conference proceedings. The maximum length of workshop papers is 16 pages.

Please use the following format for workshop / tutorial proposals:

  • Title
  • Biography and contact information of tutorial presenter(s)
  • Abstract, suitable for inclusion in conference registration materials
  • Description, to be used for evaluation, including aims and/or learning objectives
  • Target audience and desired number of participants (minimum and maximum)
  • Special Requirements, such as facilities, equipment, and materials, if applicable

Proposals should be sent by email to:

Please include “PROFES 2016 Tutorial (or Workshop) Proposal” in the Subject field.

If you are proposing several tutorials/ workshops, please send each proposal in a separate email.

Submission Template:
Information for Authors of Computer Science Publications (LNCS template)

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