SANER 2015 Conference on Software Maintenance, Reengineering and Reverse Engineering

March 6, 2015, Montréal, Canada

Ninth International Workshop on Software Quality and Maintainability

Theme & Goals

The quality of software has lots of impact on the involved users, developers and their organisations in several respects: on one hand the correct and consistent behaviour of software systems, and on the other hand the time-to-market, agility and cost-effectiveness of production, maintenance, and operation of the software systems. As a result, the demand for high-quality software is increasing and it is becoming more clearly a differentiator for the success or failure of a software product.

This workshop focuses on the boundaries between theory and practice of software quality: what determines the quality of a software system, and what determines the costs of operating and maintaining software? What quality attributes in a system are desirable in practice, and (how) can they be measured?

Many views have been expressed about software quality attributes, including maintainability, evolvability, portability, robustness, reliability, usability, and efficiency. These have been formulated in standards such as ISO/IEC-9126, its successor ISO/IEC 25010 (SQuaRE) and CMMI. However, the debate about quality and maintainability between software producers, vendors and users is ongoing, while organizations need the ability to evaluate the software systems they use or develop from multiple angles.

So, is "Software quality in the eye of the beholder"? This workshop session aims at feeding into this debate by establishing what the state of the practice and the way forward is.


We are looking for research, empirical studies, industry practices and experiences (success or failure) on:

  • Software quality attributes and quality requirements
  • Software economics and technical debt
  • Software measurement and metrics
  • Software maintainability and traceability
  • Software quality assessment
  • Software quality standards and compliance
  • Software quality certification
  • Estimation, prediction, evolution and trends for all of the above

Intended audience

The key concept and aim of this workshop is to give the opportunity to researchers to present their original work and to practitioners to relate their experiences on issues pertaining to system quality and maintainability and how to bridge the gap between end user expectations, business requirements, vendor performance, and engineering constraints. There are no restrictions regarding the background of the participants. Both researchers and practitioners are welcomed.


We are proud to announce that Francesca Arcelli Fontana will give a keynote as introduction to the workshop, titled "Software Quality Assessment through code smells detection, metrics and more". For more information, see the keynote page.


The workshop will consist of presentations of accepted papers and one or more invited talks. There will be ample time for discussion, and a highly interactive closing discussion will be prepared and facilitated by the session chairs.

We will post updates as soon as we have them on our website and our Twitter account.

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