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Article about joint research published by our industry partner Haufe Group

The sebis chair has been researching the utilization of artificial intelligence in order to improve legal research for several years. As a part of this effort, a joint research project with the Haufe Group has been established. In particular the semantic text matching problem as well as semantic search technologies were explored. More information about this research is also available here. Most recently, our industry partner was able to successfully transfer the gained knowledge and technologies into its own business. 

As a reuslt, Haufe Group published an interesting article about our project and findings. The article is available at

Three papers published at ICEIS 2019

Three papers from the sebis chair have been published at the  21th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS):

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Paper titled Establishing Architecture Guidelines in Large-Scale Agile Development Through Institutional Pressures by Ömer Uludag, Sascha Nägele, and Matheus Hauder accepted at AMCIS 2019

Abstract: In today’s business environments, organizations are confronted with rapid technological advancements, regulatory uncertainties, and time-to-market pressures. The ability to detect relevant changes and to react timely and effectively becomes an important determinant for business survival. As a result, companies are striving to adopt agile methods on a larger scale to meet these requirements. The adoption of agile methods at scale poses new challenges such as inter-team coordination and communication, balancing intentional and emergent architecture or coordinating various development activities to produce desirable enterprise-wide effects. The latter can be addressed by applying architecture principles and guidelines. However, there is a lack of academic research on how architecture principles can be created and applied in large-scale agile development. Based on a mixed methods research design, this paper proposes a tool supported collaborative approach for establishing architecture principles and guidelines in an agile fashion.

Paper titled What to Expect from Enterprise Architects in Large-Scale Agile Development - A Multiple-Case Study by Ömer Uludag, Martin Kleehaus, Niklas Reiter, and Florian Matthes accepted at AMCIS 2019

Abstract: In modern times, traditional enterprises are confronted with rapidly changing customer demands, increasing market dynamics, and continuous emergence of technological advancements. Confronted with the imperatives of a digital world, companies are striving to adopt agile methods on a larger scale to meet these requirements. In recent years, enterprise architecture management has established itself as a valuable governance mechanism for coordinating large-scale agile transformations by connecting strategic considerations to the execution of transformation projects. Our research is motivated by the lack of empirical studies on the collaboration between enterprise architects and agile teams. Against this backdrop, we present a multiple-case study of five leading German companies that aims to shed light on this field of tension. Based on our results from 20 semi-structured interviews, we present the expectations of agile teams for enterprise architects and how they are fulfilled.

Paper titled Using Social Network Analysis to Investigate the Collaboration Between Architects and Agile Teams - A Case Study of a Large-Scale Agile Development Program accepted at XP 2019

Abstract: Over the past two decades, agile methods have transformed and brought unique changes to software development practice by strongly emphasizing team collaboration, customer involvement, and change tolerance. The success of agile methods for small, co-located teams has inspired organizations to increasingly use them on a larger scale to build complex software systems. The scaling of agile methods poses new challenges such as inter-team coordination, dependencies to other existing environments or distribution of work without a defined architecture. The latter is also the reason why large-scale agile development has been subject to criticism since it neglects detailed assistance on software architecting. Although there is a growing body of literature on large-scale agile development, literature documenting the collaboration between architects and agile teams in such development efforts is still scarce. As little research has been conducted on this issue, this paper aims to fill this gap by providing a case study of a German consumer electronics retailer's large-scale agile development program. Based on social network analysis, this study describes the collaboration between architects and agile teams in terms of architecture sharing.

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