The 5th International Workshop on Software-intensive Business: Towards Sustainable Software Business (IWSiB 2022) bridges the gap between software engineering and software business research.

One-day workshop will be held during May 18, 2022 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA and is hosted by 44th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2022). ICSE 2022 and its workshops are organized as hybrid events.

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Keynote presentation for the workshop will be given by Associate Professor Birgit Penzenstadler from Chalmers University of Technology. The topic of her presentation is:

Software-intensive business supporting resilience and sustainability for people

Prof. Birgit Penzenstadler

This keynote takes a human-centered perspective on software-intensive business. We explore the concepts of resilience and sustainability in individuals and how that is supported through technology products and services. I highlight a few observed discrepancies in between the way how software-intensive business is currently carried out and what a sustainable and resilient global community could look like. I offer an intervention to reconciliate these discrepancies and put the human first in value-entered development. 

DR. Birgit Penzenstadler

Birgit Penzenstadler is an Associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology and an Adjunct Professor at Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology. She has been researching the relationship between software systems and sustainability for a decade, and recently focused on resilience by neuroplasticity techniques.


The times are given in CEST.

StartingEndingTitlePresenter / Authors
14:0014:45SESSION: Kick-off and Keynote
Welcome and workshop introductionWorkshop chairs
Software-intensive business supporting resilience and sustainability for people
Birgit Penzenstadler
14:4515:30SESSION 1: Organizational Management
Towards Situation-specific Software Support for Cross-organizational Design Thinking ProcessesSebastian Gottschalk, Enes Yigitbas, Alexander Philipp Nowosad and Gregor Engels.
Transformation Towards a Product-Led Company: Case Studies from IndustryStefan Trieflinger, Jürgen Münch, Lukas Weiss, Bastian Roling and Dominic Lang.
The state of the art of the Integration Platforms as a Service researchSonja Hyrynsalmi.
16:0016:45Session 2: Software Startups
The Negative Implications of Technical Debt on Software Startups: What they are and when they surfaceAbdullah Aldaeej and Carolyn Seaman.
Towards Understanding Analytics in Software StartupsUsman Rafiq.
Effective Communication About Software in a Traditional Industrial Company – an Experience Report on Development of a new Measurement InstrumentJens Bæk Jørgensen, Henrik Lauf Christensen, Søren Thestrup Hansen and Bent Bisballe Nyeng.
16:4517:30SESSION 3: Design & Development
Understanding the Design of App Stores in the IIoTDimitri Petrik, Felix Schönhofen and Georg Herzwurm.
Paving the Way to a Software-Supported Requirements Prioritization in Distributed Scrum ProjectsKleophas Model, Carolin Mombrey and Georg Herzwurm.
Continuous Process Model Refinement from Business Vision to Event Simulation and Software AutomationOlaf Zimmermann, Katharina Luban, Mirko Stocker and Giuliano Bernard.
17:4518:30SESSION 4: Continuous Practices
Enablers and inhibitors in Agile Teams – A Case Study Using Challenge Based Learning for Mobile Application DevelopmentNicolas Nascimento, Alan R. Santos, Afonso Sales and Rafael Chanin.
The unified perspective of digital transformation and continuous software engineeringEriks Klotins and Einav Peretz-Andersson.
Understanding DevOps critical success factors and organizational practicesNasreen Azad.
18:3019:00Closing session


Please also note the forthcoming International Conference on Software Business, ICSOB 2022, November 8-11 at Bolzano, Italy!

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Programme Committee

Abdullah Aldaeej, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Ville Alkkiomäki, F-Secure Corporation
Pekka Abrahamsson*, University of Jyväskylä
Jan Bosch, Chalmers University of Technology
Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University
Christoph Bussler, Google
José Carlos Camposano, LUT University
Rafael Chanin, PUCRS
Daniela Damian*, University of Victoria
Henry Edison, University of Southern Denmark
Christoph Elsner, Siemens AG
Michael Felderer, University of Innsbruck
João M. Fernandes, University of Minho
Jens Förderer, University of Mannheim
Juan Garbajosa, Universidad Politécnico de Madrid
Paul Grünbacher, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Robert Heinrich, Karlsruher Institute of Technology
Phil Hennel, University of Cologne
Georg Herzwurm, University of Stuttgart
Helena Holmström Olsson, University of Malmo
Dron Khanna, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Slinger Jansen*, Utrecht University
Hans-Bernd Kittlaus, InnoTivum Consulting
Eriks Klotins, Blekinge Institute of Tecnology
Thomas Kude, ESSEC Business School
Tiziana Margaria, Lero
Nils Brede Moe, SINTEF
Tommi Mikkonen, University of Jyväskylä
Juergen Muench, Reutlingen University
Alexander Mädche, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Anh Nguyen Duc, University college of Southeast Norway
Alexander Nolte, University of Tartu
Efi Papatheocharous, RISE SICS
Karl-Michael Popp
Rafael Prikladnicki*, PUCRS
Bala Ramesh, Georgia State University
Andrey Saltan, LUT University
Rodrigo Santos, UNIRIO
Maximilian Schreieck, Technical University of Munich
Marko Seppänen, Tampere University
Pertti Seppänen, University of Oulu
Dominik Siemon, LUT University
Kari Smolander, LUT University
Pasi Tyrväinen, University of Jyväskylä
Erno Vanhala, LUT University
Krzysztof Wnuk, Blekinge Institute of Technology

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Call for papers

One-day workshop during May 18, 2022 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Hosted by 44th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2022)

Call for Papers 

The global pandemic has shown, thanks to advanced software technologies, society and businesses were able to quickly respond to environmental disruptions. Software-intensive businesses had to quickly pivot their business model. Also, demands in software-based service offerings facilitating remote work drastically increased and challenged control modes of prior management practices. These exemplary challenges cannot be tackled by engineering or business disciplines alone. The 5th International Workshop on Software-intensive Business (IWSiB) aims to bring together research communities working on topics relevant to software-intensive business to jointly investigate these challenges and to bridge the gap between different research communities.

The workshop will facilitate knowledge exchange through discussions of issues and experiences, to improve research contributions through feedback from the wider community, and to develop new projects between researchers and practitioners. To this end, the workshop will be a mix of research work and industry experience presentations, interactive discussions and group activities, to maximize the potential synergy among the participants from different research and industry backgrounds.

Submission Guidelines & Themes

IWSiB seeks submissions describing novel research, experience reports, as well as emerging ideas. We are interested in studies describing original and unpublished results in the field of software-intensive business. The focus of the workshop is on new promising ideas and therefore work-in-progress reports are welcome to ignite discussion in the workshop.

The paper length should not exceed 8 pages for research paper submissions, and 2-4 pages for industry experience reports and position paper submissions.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited, to the following aspects of software-intensive business:

  • Software product management (e.g., strategy, planning, pricing)
  • Software ecosystem (e.g., engineering ecosystems, analysis of ecosystem data, modeling of ecosystem structure and behavior, management of developer ecosystems and platforms)
  • Continuous practices (e.g., experimentation, innovation, improvement)
  • Agile & lean projects & portfolio (e.g., methods & practices, management and organizing, behavioral and cognitive factors)
  • Organizational management (e.g., managing technical and social debt, integrating product and business development, managing human-AI symbiosis)
  • Software startups (e.g., scaling, privoting, funding, business models)
  • Software platform (e.g., orchestration, governance, architecture, evolution and lifecycle)
  • Software engineering economics (e.g., in engineering of software or in the software industry)
  • Emerging trends and research areas (e.g., implications of COVID-19 to the software industry, AI ethics, digital twins, etc. )


Submission (EXTENDED)January 14, 2022 (AoE) January 21, 2022 (AoE)
NotificationFebruary 25, 2022
Camera-readyMarch 18, 2022March 22, 2022
WorkshopMay 18th, 2022


We encourage submissions of contributions describing different stages of research, from position papers to full research reports. We welcome both research and industry papers. The workshop proceedings will be published in a separate volume of the ICSE proceedings, which will be prepared to be archived by ACM Library.


All submissions must conform to the ACM’s formatting and submission instructions. Formatting instructions are available at for both LaTeX and Word users. LaTeX users must use the provided acmart.cls and ACM-Reference-Format.bst without modification, enable the conference format in the preamble of the document (i.e., \documentclass[sigconf,review]{acmart}). We encourage authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers.

The paper length should not exceed 8 pages for research papers and 4 pages for industry reports. It is not possible to buy extra pages.

Please also, note:

  • There is no limit on the number of submissions an author may submit, but authors are advised to focus on quality rather than on quantity.
  • By submitting to the IWSiB workshop, authors acknowledge that they are aware of and agree that papers submitted to IWSiB workshop must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere while under consideration for IWSiB workshop.
  • The official publication date of the workshop proceedings is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ICSE 2022. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.
Submission system

Papers must be submitted electronically via Easychair by the defined deadline (see above):


Submissions will be first screened on rigor and relevance and then evaluated by at least three members of the program committee based on soundness, significance, novelty, verifiability, and presentation quality.

Organizing team

Proceedings chair

Panel 4 Placeholder