Monday, September 28

Software Risk Management in Practice – Shed Light on Your Software Product

You can’t control what you can’t measure. And you can’t decide if you are wandering around in the dark. Risk management in practice requires shedding light on the internals of the software product in order to make informed decisions. Thus, in practice, risk management has to be based on information about artifacts (documentation, code, and executables) in order to detect (potentially) critical issues.

This tutorial presents experiences from industrial cases world-wide on qualitative and quantitative measurement of software products. We present our lessons learned as well as consolidated experiences from practice and provide a classification scheme of applicable measurement techniques.

Participants of the tutorial will receive an introduction to the techniques in theory and will then apply them in practice in interactive exercises. This enables participants to learn how to shed light on the internals of their software and how to make risk management decisions efficiently and effectively.


Jens Knodel, Matthias Naab – Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE), Kaiserslautern, Germany

  • Dr. Jens Knodel

  • Dr. Matthias Naab

Dr. Jens Knodel and Dr. Matthias Naab are software architects. Their expertise –- consolidated experiences and lessons learned from more than 50 projects with industry in domains like Embedded Systems, Information Systems, and Smart Ecosystems –- lies in the definition, improvement, and assessment of software architectures.

Jens and Matthias are senior researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern, Germany. They are responsible for project management, method development, and technology transfer in research and industry projects and are leading research activities in the area of software and systems architecture at IESE.

In addition, Jens Knodel, and Matthias Naab regularly coach practitioners on software architecture. They also give tutorials at conferences and hold lectures at the Fraunhofer Academy and at the University of Kaiserslautern on the same topics. They are the authors of more than 100 scientific, peer-reviewed publications in the areas of software architecture, ecosystems, maintenance, and evolution.

Eric Bouwers, Joost Visser – Software Improvement Group (SIG), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Eric Bouwers

  • Joost Visser

Eric Bouwers is a qualified teacher and technical consultant at the Software Improvement Group in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is interested in how software metrics can assist in quantifying the architectural aspects of software quality. In the past six years, this interest has led to the design, evaluation, and application of two architecture-level metrics that are now embedded in a benchmark-based model for software quality.

Joost Visser is head of research at the Software Improvement Group (SIG) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and holds a position as professor of large-scale software systems at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. At the SIG, Joost is responsible for innovation of tools and services, academic relations, internship coordination, and general research. In the past eight years, he has been involved in the development, evaluation, and application of a benchmark-based model for software quality.