Research

I am working in Software Engineering Research Lab (SERL) at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. Research group web: http://www.bth.se/tek/serl/
Since September 2019 I am also carrying the Deputy Dean duties in the Faculty of Computing.

Research areas
Global Software Engineering | Distributed  Teams | Virtual Teams | Productivity and Efficiency Improvement | Software Process Improvement | Development Value | Return on Investments | Agile Software Development | Group Autonomy | Project Governance

Ongoing research projects
GoLD – Governance in Large-Scale Distributed Agile Development – KK-Hög project supported by the Swedish Knowledge Foundation, in collaboration with Ericsson, Spotify and DXC Technologies. April, 2017 – March 2020. Role: main applicant, project manager, leading researcher.

SERT – Software Engineering ReThought – KKS profile project. Role: support researcher.

Research in brief
Research questions that are motivated by the GSE challenges
–  Which forms of sourcing (offshoring, onshoring, nearshoring, outsourcing vs insourcing) are economically feasible and under which circumstances?
–  How to organize sourcing arrangements in a way profitable for the client company?
– What are the economic and quality implications of moving software work (software transfers)?
–  Can GSE be agile? How to scale agile practices to multi-team, multi-site environments?
–  Can remote teams be autonomous? What hinders and enables autonomy in large-scale distributed projects?
–  Can distributed teams be effective? What is necessary to achieve efficiency?
–  What is the cost of mitigating GSE challenges and do outsourcing/offshoring benefits overweight it?
–  What is the length of the learning curve when onboarding engineers and teams in different projects (onboarding in legacy projects, onboarding on a distance)?
–  How to implement communities of practice/guilds in large-scale software companies?
–  How to scale softawre projects (capacity growth)?

Research grants
• Swedish Knowledge Foundation KK-Hög grant Nr. 2016/0191 (2017-2020) – GoLD project
• Swedish Knowledge Foundation KK-Hög grant Nr. 2012/0200 (2013-2017) – TEDD project
• Swedish Knowledge Foundation KK-Hög grant Nr.2009/0249 (2010-2013) – R2D2 project
• Latvian Council of Science project Nr. 02.2002 “Latvian Informatics Production Unit Support Program in the Area of Engineering, Computer Networks and Signal Processing” (2003-2010)
• European Social Fund project “Doctoral student research and post doctoral research support for university of Latvia” (2004-2007 student support, 2007-2008 post doc support)

Research supervision
Finished:
• Dr. Ronald Jabangwe (Blekinge Institute of Technology, June 2015).
• Dr. Ricardo Britto (Blekinge Institute of Technology), November 3, 2017.
In progress:
• Aivars Šāblis (Blekinge Institute of Technology), Doctoral defense planned in 2020
• Ehsan Zabardast (Blekinge Institute of Technology), Doctoral defense planned in 2023

Conference organization
• IS FCT | International Symposium on Fundamentals of Computation Theory
Local organizing committee member 2001
• PROFES | International Conference on Product Focused Software Development and Improvement
Local organizing committee co-chair
 2007
Tutorial & Workshop Chair

 2008
• ICGSE | IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering
Tutorial Chair

 2008
Tutorial Chair

 2012
Publicity Chair

 2013
Program Co-Chair 2018
• XP | International Conference on Agile Methods
Doctoral Symposium Co-Chair 2016

Editorial Work
• Software Engineering area editor in the Baltic Journal of Modern Computing (BJMC) | ISSN 2255-8950 (since 2012)
• Member of the editorial board in the Journal of Supply Chain Relocation (2017-2018)

Scientific reviews – Journals
• Information and Software Technology (since 2007)
• Software Quality Journal (since 2009)
• Journal of Systems and Software (since 2011)
• Journal of Empirical Software Engineering (since 2015)
• IET Software Journal (since 2015)
• Transactions on Software Engineering (since 2016)

Scientific reviews – Conferences
ESEM | International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement 2013-…• Agile 2011
• ICGSE | IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering 2007-…
• XP | International Conference on Agile Software Development 2012-13, 2016-…
• Baltic DB&IS | International Baltic Conference on Databases and Information Systems 2010
• ECIS | European Conference on Information Systems | Global Sourcing Management 2012 | Human Factors in Information Systems Development 2013
• EUROSPI | European Systems, Software & Service Process Improvement & Innovation 2006-09
• Globagile Workshop 2011-12
• ICSSP | International Conference on Software and System Process 2012
• ICSE SEE | International Conference on Software Engineering Software Engineering Education Track 2013
• HICSS | Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences | Minitrack on Global Virtual Teams
 2008-09
• PROFES | International Conference on Product Focused Software Development and Improvement 2008-09
• SEAA | Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications 2013

Scientific reviews and organization – Workshops
• Workshop on Managing the Client Value Creation Process in Agile (co-located with PROFES), PC member, 2012
• Virtues – Virtual Teams: Experiences in Global Software Engineering (co-located with ICGSE), PC member, organizer, 2013-2014
• Globagile workshop (co-located with ICGSE), PC member, 2010-2012
• ImpAct workshop (co-located with ICSSP), organizer, 2015–2017

Evaluations
• 2017 – PhD evaluator for Muhammad Salam (University of Malakand, Pakistan)
• 2016 – PhD opponent for Daniel Graziotin (Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy)
• 2014 – PhD opponent for Ben van Gameren (Delft Technical University, Netherlands)
• 2014 – PhD opponent for Christina Manteli (VU University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
• 2011 – PhD opponent for Paula Savolainen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
• 2010 – Licenciate opponent for Emilie Engström (Lund University, Sweden) in 2010

 

 

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