Keynote speaker


Pekka Abrahamsson
Pekka Abrahamsson

Dr. Pekka Abrahamsson is a professor of software engineering at th Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. He was formerly the dean and a full professor of computer science at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in Italy. His background is in software process improvement, agile software development and empirical software engineering research. He is the originator of the Mobile-D development methodology for mobile applications. He is the chairman of the Global Software Startup Research Network and he was awarded the Nokia Foundation award in 2007 for his impacts in the field of software engineering research and practice. Today he actively launches new startups in various technology domains as a part of his empirical startup research roadmap.
How to do research with a real impact?
Software researchers have often been claimed to have had limited impact on industrial practice. For example, the recent innovations in software development processes and methods such as agile and lean methods are coming from the works of seasoned practitioners and consultants. Facebook showed how to execute continuous delivery 10 years ahead of its time. Supecell (Hayday, Clash of Clans, Boom Beach) has turned failing into a success. Their independent product development teams terminate projects the team deems unsuccesful by themselves. Indeed, for a good reason, many argue that science lags behind the industrial practice. Have can we - the scientists - win the battle? This is the central question that will be addressed by the keynote. The presenter presents his personal view on delivering impact on industrial pratice using a number of real-life cases and empirical data. The presenter argues that science is the most powerful tool and it should be used correctly and when this is the case, the industrial practice will be profoundly impacted.

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