Call for Tools
The 4th International Conference on Technical Debt will be held virtually (originally in Madrid, Spain), on May 19-21, 2021, collocated with ICSE 2021.
Technical debt is a metaphor that software developers and managers increasingly use to communicate key trade-offs between time to market and quality issues.
While other software engineering disciplines—such as software maintenance and evolution, refactoring, software quality, and empirical software engineering—have produced results relevant to managing technical debt, none of them alone suffice to model, manage, and communicate the different facets of the design trade-off problems involved in managing technical debt. Similarly, while many software engineering practices can be used to get ahead of technical debt, organizations struggle with managing technical debt routinely and strategically.
Tools play a critical role in understanding the management, monitoring, and measurement of technical debt in real-world situations. We invite researchers, practitioners and organizations to showcase new techniques, methods, and tools that can aid practitioners and decision makers in these critical tasks to participate in TechDebt 2021.
Tools track accepts two types of submissions:
- Tool presentation papers (up to 5 pages): describe innovative and original tools addressing technical debt issues or aiming at the management of technical debt. Submitted tool papers will be peer-reviewed and accepted submissions will be published in the conference proceedings.
- Extended abstract (1-2 pages): describe innovative and original initial tools idea for which there is not yet a prototype in order to obtain early feedback. Extended abstracts provide practitioners with an opportunity to showcase a tool-specific perspective. Extended abstracts are not peer reviewed and will not be published in the conference proceedings.
Suggested content for both types of submissions, the program committee and chairs will look for:
- The alignment to the overarching technical debt theme of the conference.
- How the purpose of the tool is addressed and how validation experiences with practitioners have been planned or conducted (if applicable)
In EasyChair, on top of specifying the type of submission, indicate how you will participate in the conference session (you may select one or both):
- Panel participant: In the panel discussion we will engage participants and the audience on how the showcased tools help address technical debt challenges.
- Tool demonstration: If you propose to showcase your tool or product from your organization, please let us know your requirements *(such as space, equipment, …). A dedicated demo session will be part of the Tools track.
All accepted papers will also have the possibility to bring a poster during the conference.
Papers and extended abstract must be submitted electronically via the TechDebtConf2021 EasyChair site. Submissions must be in PDF and conform to the ACM formatting guidelines applied for ICSE 2021. Submissions may not exceed the number of pages specified above (including all text, references and figures). Purchases of additional pages in the proceedings are not allowed.
Formatting instructions are available at https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template for both LaTeX and Word users.
The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM or IEEE Digital Libraries. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ICSE 2021. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.
Accepted papers must be presented in person at the conference by one of the authors. Accepted submissions will be published as part of the ICSE co-located events proceedings.
January 27January 31, 2021: Tool presentation papers (up to 5 pages) (extended)
- February 24, 2021: Notification of acceptance or rejection
- March 22, 2021: Camera-ready papers
- March 30, 2021: Extended abstracts (up to 2 pages)
- April 10, 2021: Notification of acceptance or rejection for Extended abstracts
- May 23–24, 2021: TechDebt Conference
Wed 19 May
16:00 - 16:50
Antonio Martini University of Oslo, NorwayMedia Attached
|Business-Driven Technical Debt Prioritization: An Industrial Case Study|
Rodrigo Rebouças de Almeida Federal University of Paraiba, Rafael do Nascimento Ribeiro Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte - UFRN, Christoph Treude University of Adelaide, Uirá Kulesza Federal University of Rio Grande do NortePre-print Media Attached
|Preventing Technical Debt by Technical Debt Aware Project Management - Evaluation of a Framework for Managing Technical Debt Developed by Practitioners|
Marion Wiese Universität Hamburg, MIN Fakultät, FB Informatik, Matthias Riebisch Universität Hamburg, MIN Fakultät, FB Informatik, Julian Schwarze Gruner + Jahr GmbHPre-print Media Attached
17:00 - 17:50
|Frequency and Impact of Technical Debt Characteristics in Companies Producing Mechatronic Products|
Fandi Bi Technical University of Munich, Birgit Vogel-Heuser Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Litong XuPre-print Media Attached File Attached
|Impact of Opportunistic Reuse Practices to Technical Debt|
Rafael Capilla Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Tommi Mikkonen University of Helsinki, Carlos Carrillo Technical University of Madrid, Francesca Arcelli Fontana University of Milano - Bicocca, Ilaria Pigazzini University of Milano-Bicocca, Valentina Lenarduzzi LUT UniversityMedia Attached File Attached
|Security Debt: Characteristics, Product Life-Cycle Integrations and Items|
Jabier Martinez Tecnalia, Nuria Quintano Tecnalia, Alejandra Ruiz Tecnalia, Izaskun Santamaria Tecnalia, Iker Martinez de Soria Tecnalia, José Arias TecnaliaPre-print Media Attached
18:00 - 19:20
|A Decision Support System Towards a Systemic Perspective on Technical Debt Management|
Technical PapersMedia Attached
S: Florian Deissenboeck CQSE GmbH, Jan Bosch Chalmers University of Technology, S: Ramsés Gallego Micro Focus, S: Robert Lagerstedt Robert Bosch AB, S: Rodrigo Rebouças de Almeida Federal University of ParaibaMedia Attached
|Architectural Archipelagos: Technical Debt in Long-Lived Software Research Platforms|
Marcelo Schmitt Laser University of Southern California, USA, Duc Minh Le Bloomberg, USA, Joshua Garcia University of California, Irvine, Nenad Medvidović University of Southern California, USAPre-print Media Attached
Thu 20 May
16:00 - 16:50
|Technical Debt in the Age of Ops|
K: Jan Bosch Chalmers University of TechnologyMedia Attached
17:00 - 17:40
|Experiences on Managing Technical Debt with Code Smells and AntiPatterns|
Jacinto Ramirez Lahti Solita Ltd, Finland, Antti-Pekka Tuovinen University of Helsinki, Tommi Mikkonen University of HelsinkiPre-print Media Attached
|Worst Smells and Their Worst Reasons|
Technical PapersPre-print Media Attached
17:40 - 18:20
18:20 - 19:00
|Predicting Relative Thresholds for Object Oriented Metrics|
Sultan Alhusain Saudi Electronic UniversityPre-print Media Attached File Attached
|Characterizing Technical Debt and Antipatterns in AI-Based Systems: A Systematic Literature Review|
Justus Bogner University of Stuttgart, Institute of Software Engineering, Empirical Software Engineering Group, Roberto Verdecchia Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Ilias Gerostathopoulos Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamPre-print Media Attached
Fri 21 May
16:00 - 16:50
|The Product Owner who Didn't Break my Window and Disappeared - An Experience Report on Managing Technical Debt in Agile Contexts|
Marcus Ciolkowski QAwareMedia Attached
17:00 - 17:50
|Carrot and Stick approaches revisited when managing Technical Debt in an educational/training context|
Yania Crespo University of Valladolid, arturo gonzalez University of Valladolid, Mario Piattini University of Castilla-La Mancha, SpainPre-print Media Attached
|The Need for Holistic Technical Debt Management across the Value Stream: Lessons Learnt and Open Challenges|
Somayeh Malakuti ABB Corporate Research, Germany, Jens Heuschkel ABB Corporate Research Center, GermanyPre-print Media Attached
|Assessing Smart Contracts Security Technical Debts|
Sabreen Ahmadjee University of Birmingham, Carlos Mera-Gómez ESPOL Polythecnic University, Rami Bahsoon School of Computer Science, University of BirminghamPre-print Media Attached
18:00 - 19:30
|Working session, awards and closing|
Antonio Martini University of Oslo, Norway, Davide Taibi Tampere University , Narayan Ramasubbu University of Pittsburgh, USAMedia Attached