Continuous Software Engineering 2018


In order to develop and deliver high-quality products to their customers, software companies have to adopt state-of-the-art software development processes. To face this challenge, companies are applying innovative methods, approaches and techniques like agile methods, DevOps, Continuous Delivery, test automation, infrastructure as code or container-based virtualization. These new approaches have a high impact on the specification, design, development, maintenance, operation and the evolution of software systems. Therefore, common software engineering activities, organizational forms and processes have to be questioned, adapted and extended to ensure continuous and unobstructed soft-ware development (Continuous Software Engineering). So far, there is a lack of systematic approaches to face these challenges. The goal of this seminar is to present and discuss innovative solutions, ideas and experiences in the area of Continuous Software Engineering (CSE).

We organized two scientific workshops in this area, take a look at the papers to get an impression of CSE.

Possible topics addressed this year:

Processes & Workflows ● Change Management – Handling user feedback ● Software Development Lifecycle for CSE ● Continuous Delivery for Requirements Engineering/Early Prototyping ● Lean agile Processes & Practises

Technologies & Tools ● Infrastructure as Code ● Provisioning of Software & Infrastructure ● Application Virtualization with Container ● Engineering of Deployment Pipelines

Architecture ● Design for Scalability ● Software Architecture for CSE ● Microservices ● Model Driven Architecture for CSE

Quality & Testing ● Test Automation & Optimization ● Monitoring & Performance ● Security for DevOps ● Metrics for DevOps

Culture & Business ● Teaching CSE approaches ● Organizational Issues for CSE ● Digital Transformation & Innovation

Seminar Concept

While this seminar also teaches students how to write a scientific paper and present it, the main goal of this seminar is to bring students closer to research. Consequently, the addressed topics are emerging questions in current research that will be tackled by students and supervisors. Moreover, this seminar will be conducted in a conference-like style. In the process, students will learn to search for literature, gasp a research problem, use a popular conference management tool, review papers of fellow students, and prepare a good and straight-to-the-point presentation.

  1. Kick-off meeting: First meeting to discuss the research question, direction, and strategy
  2. Research and find your topic
  3. Discuss topic, literature, etc. with supervisor
  4. Narrow your research question
  5. Discuss outline and related work with supervisor
  6. Submit an abstract to a conference management system
  7. Submit a draft version of a paper to your supervisor
  8. Submit first version to the conference management system
  9. Review two other papers
  10. Polish your paper and submit final version to the conference management system
  11. Create, review with supervisor, and submit a presentation for the paper
  12. Present your paper at the end


Here are the preliminary dates and deadlines:

  • 10.10.2017 13:00 -14:00 Kick-off meeting in room 5052
  • 11-13.10.2017 Appointment with supervisor: Discuss topic, literature, etc.
  • 23-17.10.2017 Appointment with supervisor: Discuss outline and related work
  • 10.11.2017 Deadline: Submit abstract to EasyChair
  • 27.11.2017 Deadline: Email draft version of your paper to your supervisor
  • 4-8.12.2017 Appointment with supervisor: Feedback on draft version
  • 22.12.2017 Deadline: Submit first version of your paper to EasyChair
  • 12.1.2018 Deadline: Submit reviews to EasyChair
  • 15.1.2018 10:00 Academic Presenting (part 1) in room 9U10
  • 19.1.2018 Deadline: Submit final version of your paper to EasyChair
  • 21.1.2018 Deadline: Email draft presentation to your supervisor
  • 22.1.2018 10:00 Academic Presenting (part 2) in room 9U10
  • 22-26.1.2018 Appointment with supervisor: Feedback on presentation draft
  • 5.2.2018 Deadline: Submit final presentation to EasyChair
  • 7.2.2018 10:00 -16:00 Presentations in room 9222

Note that all appointments, i.e., the kick-off meeting (in the beginning), the academic presenting workshop, the presentation days (in the end), and your appointments with your supervisor are mandatory!


  • Application: A brief motivation (instead of courses and grades)
  • Strong interest in software engineering
  • Strong interest in research
  • Basic LaTeX knowledge
  • Write and talk in English


  • 1 research vision (short abstract in English)
  • 6-pages paper on a research topic (in English)
  • 2 reviews of 2 follow students’ papers (in English)
  • 1 presentation (in English)
  • 2 discussion questions (for 2 presentations)
  • Attend kick-off meeting
  • Attend all appointments with the supervisor
  • Attend Academic Presenting I+II
  • Attend all presentations


Dipl.-Inform. Andreas Steffens

Course information

Course type



Winter semester 2017/2018

Course language
  • English
Course level
  • Bachelor
  • Master
Credit points 1


1: The actual number of credit points can vary depending on the study program's examination regulation version. Consult your examination regulation's module catalog or the campus information system to see the valid number of credit points.