New journal publication (JSS) on the industry practices and needs in Collaborative Model-Driven Software Engineering

Our paper Collaborative Model-Driven Software Engineering – A Systematic Survey of Practices and Needs in Industry in collaboration with Kousar Aslam, Ivano Malavolta, and Patricia Lago has been accepted for publication in the highly reputable Journal of Systems & Software (JSS).

Pre-print available.

The engineering of nowadays’ software-intensive systems is carried out in collaboration among stakeholders with specialized expertise. The complexity of such systems often also necessitates employing more rigorous approaches, such as Model-Driven Software Engineering (MDSE). Collaborative MDSE is the combination of the two disciplines, with its specific opportunities and challenges. The rapid expansion and maturation of the field started attracting tool builders from outside of academia.
However, the available systematic studies on collaborative MDSE focus exclusively on mapping academic research and fail to identify how academic research, and industry practices and needs align.
To address this shortcoming, we have carried out a mixed-method survey on the practices and needs concerning Collaborative MDSE. First, we carried out a qualitative survey in two focus group sessions, interviewing seven industry experts. Second, based on the results of the interviews, we have constructed a questionnaire and carried out a questionnaire survey with 41 industry expert participants.
In this paper, we report the results of our study, investigate the alignment of academic research with the needs of practitioners, and suggest directions on research and development of the supporting techniques of collaborative MDSE.