Workshop on Knowledge Management in Software Engineering (WMSE05)

Venue: Informatik 2005

Location: Bonn, Germany

Event Date/Time: Sep 19, 2005 End Date/Time: Sep 22, 2005
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 29, 2005
Paper Submission Date: Apr 29, 2005
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Even after thirty years of practice, the software engineering is still struggling with problems like overdrawn project dates, overdrawn budgets and products not fulfilling the customer's expectations.
The so called silver bullet by Brooks, often cited but only marginally or putative found in form of CASE-tools, object-oriented programming and software-development process models, is not within sight. With the start of the early 90s, the spotlight changed from dealing mainly with severe quality aspects to a more project management oriented focus. Software engineering can be seen as a mix of software construction and management of software projects.

The focus of this workshop held in conjunction with the German Society for Informatics (GI) 35th annual meeting in Bonn, Germany will focus on the role and application of the factor knowledge within the software developing domain.

Different problems which occur when developing software could be solved by using a systematic, documented and target-oriented application of knowledge. The transfer of knowledge management concepts to the domain of software engineering is at its very beginning. Concepts which take advantage of either the tacit (e.g. skills of developers to perform programming or to take architectural decisions) and explicit characteristics of knowledge (e.g. documenting facts about conducted projects or customer requirements) must be taken into account when trying to improve software engineering with measures from the knowledge management domain. This workshop should provide a platform for users of such approaches to exchange their knowledge and built up contacts.



The topics aim at providing a look at current scientific approaches as well as to establish a deeper discussion about the theme. Future approaches should be presented to support software development through knowledge management. The following topics have been chosen for a special interest:

  • Software development as a knowledge-intensive process
  • Types of knowledge within software engineering
  • Process maturity: Which improvements can be reached through the utilisation of knowledge management?
  • Integration of knowledge management into software development process models
  • Documenting developer's knowledge
  • Techniques of knowledge management with a particular focus on software engineering concepts (CBR, Experience Factory, Expertise Location, Debriefing, Technology Experience Package)
  • Needed knowledge for the reuse of software components
  • Post-mortem analysis and case studies within software development projects
  • Controlled experiments and other techniques for experimental software engineering for gaining knowledge about projects conducted

Themes not fitting directly the aforementioned points but dealing with km in se are also welcome.


The workshop wants to attract either scientists being familiar with the theme and developers and practioners using approaches on a day-by-day basis. Therefore practical and theoretical solutions could be presented.



  • 29.04.2005 Submission of papers to the workshop organizers

  • 27.05.2005 Notification of rejection or acceptance

  • 24.06.2005 Submission of camera-ready papers



Only papers having a length of up to 5 pages will be accepted for review. The papers have to be submitted electronically as a PDF file to by the 29th April 2005. The submitted papers will be undergoing a double-blind review having at least two members of the committee reviewing them. Accepted papers will be published within the GI-Edition "Lecture Notes in Informatics" providing the conference proceedings.
Please refer to the format template before submitting your paper for a correct design. It can be downloaded at
At least one author of accepted papers is requested to attend the conference and pay the according fees. Due to organisational reasons the exact date of the workshop cannot be given before the acceptance date. Therefore, authors are also requested to keep free the whole time-slot of the conference. Workshop submissions are accepted either as German or English papers, the talk will be given either in German or in English.

Workshop organisation

  • Prof. Dr. W. Hasselbring, University of Oldenburg/OFFIS , Germany

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. N. Gronau, Universität of Potsdam, Germany

  • Dipl.-Inform. E. Thaden, OFFIS, Oldenburg, Germany

  • Dipl.-Inform. M. Uslar, OFFIS, Oldenburg, Germany

Contact adresse for questions and submissions:

    Mathias.Uslar (at)

    Tel.: +49 441-9722 128

    Fax: +49 441-9722 102


Program commitee

  • Klaus-Dieter Althoff, University of Hildesheim, Germany

  • Andrea Back, University of St. Gallen, Institute for Business Information Systems, Swiss

  • Andreas Birk, sd&m AG, Germany

  • Torgeir Dingsøyr, SINTEF IKT, Norway

  • Norbert Gronau, University of Potsdam, Business Information Systems and e-Government, Germany

  • Wilhelm Hasselbring, University of Oldenburg, Software Engineering Group, Germany

  • Franz Lehner, University of Passau, Business Information Systems, Germany

  • Ronald Maier, University of Halle, Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsinformatik, Germany

  • Markus Nick, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering Kaiserslautern, Germany

  • Ralf Reussner, DFG Gruppe "Palladio", University of Oldenburg, Germany

  • Kurt Schneider, Universität Hannover, Software Engineering Group, University of Hannover, Germany

  • Mathias Weske, Hasso-Plattner-Institut Potsdam, Business Process Technology, Germany

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