Workshop Preparation

We are looking forward to seeing you on May 27 in Buenos Aires. For registration, location, and directions, please check the ICSE web site. For the workshop agenda, check here.

Below is the information you need to prepare for SECM.

Authors of Accepted Papers

  • Presentation at the Workshop (per accepted paper)
    • Prepare a 5-minute presentation for your paper
    • Focus on key ideas and results
    • Maximum 5 slides (+ title slide)
  • Additional Position Slide (each author)
    • Prepare a single Position Slide
    • Send your Position Slide by Wednesday, May 24, to
    • Bring hard-copy of your Position Slide to the workshop

All Participants

  • Position Slide (each participant)
    • Prepare a single Position Slide
    • Send your Position Slide by Wednesday, May 24, to
    • Bring hard-copy of your Position Slide to the workshop

What’s a Position Slide (All Participants)?

It’s a single slide (preferably in PDF), addressing any combination of the following elements:

  • one or two key insights based on your experience on the workshop topic;
  • up to two topics of interest regarding the workshop topic; and
  • your position on the workshop topic, e.g., listing (a) some observations or a premise, (b) posing a question, and (c) suggesting a potential solution, tactics, or a strategy.

Include your name at the bottom or top of the slide (for examples, see posted Position Slides).
Don’t forget to bring a hard-copy with you to the workshop! We will post the position slides in a visible area for all participants to see.

Park Bench Panel (All Participants)

We will dedicate most of the afternoon to the Park Bench Panel. We invite all authors and all workshop registrants to participate in this activity. If you have any students attending ICSE, please encourage them to participate as well — it’s important to hear their voices. Details will be given at the workshop, but if you are wondering, here is the main idea:

Park Bench Panel (by Ward Cunningham)…

A panel discussion is a good way for experts to spend some time rambling in front of a large audience. The audience gets to know the experts in a way that is only possible in person and the expert gets a little more exposure without having to prepare or be reviewed. But sometimes the panel can’t get it together and the real expert is in the audience. Therefore, let anyone in the audience join the panel. Leave one chair open. Let it be known that the empty chair provides the only means for audience participation. Do not take questions from the floor or from the moderator. Do not expect anyone taking that chair to necessarily ask a question, though that is often how their participation will begin. Make clear also that when the empty chair is filled that one of the current complement of panelists will have to vacate their chair so that there is always exactly one empty chair. Sometimes panelists are eager to leave but cannot do so until they find a subject that attracts someone from the audience to participate in their place. One is welcome to rejoin the panel should they find renewed interest in the conversation. This format is a good substitute for question & answer dialog.