Software Designers in Action: A Human-Centric Look at Design Work
Edited Book, CRC Press
To be published in 2012

The goal is to collect a foundational set of observations and insights
into software design, drawing on theories and methods from a variety of
research disciplines. The book aims to build this understanding by
considering both software design’s role in the software development
process and its role in the larger design context. Accordingly, this
book seeks contributions and perspectives from various communities,
including software engineering, general design, human-computer
interaction, cognitive science, and psychology.

The book will focus on the analysis of a common data set. We will make
available to each interested author videos and associated transcripts of
three pairs of professional software designers, working on the
conceptual design of a software system. Authors will be asked to submit
a paper based on an analysis of these videos.

Contributors are asked to provide insight into the design activities
depicted in the provided videos. The analysis underpinning the insight
may vary widely. Note that, in this call, we use the word “analysis” in
a broad sense, referring to a systematic examination and interpretation
of the data. In particular, the analysis might vary:

in coverage: An analysis may make use of all or a subset of the
provided material, and may draw on other data (for example, via
comparison to another study).
in perspective: An analysis may adopt one of several lenses for
considering the data. Among others, a technical, cognitive,
social, or general design perspective might be adopted.
in method: Analysis may employ one or more of a variety of research
techniques, such as process modelling, discourse analysis,
grounded reflection, inductive analysis, or quantifications.
in focus: Analysis may focus on a variety of subjects, including
but explicitly not limited to such topics as: interpersonal
communication, design strategies, design moves, use of
formalisms, use of informal representations, decision-making
approaches, and comparison to established methodologies.

We welcome papers that provide comparisons to other studies within
software engineering, as well as comparisons to other design disciplines.

This book builds upon a workshop that was held in February 2010 at the
University of California, Irvine. More information on the workshop, as
well as instructions on how to obtain the videos and transcripts, can be
found on the following web site:

A special issue of Design Studies resulted from this workshop (Volume
31, Issue 6, November 2010), and a special issue of IEEE Software is in
preparation. It is our hope that the papers in the book will provide
similar kinds of depth and contributions to those of the special issue
of Design Studies; prospective authors are strongly recommended to take
a look at these papers.

Submissions must adhere to the formatting instructions included here:

You can choose to either follow the LaTeX template (in which case the
paper should be no longer than 20 pages) or the Word template (in which
case the paper should be no longer than 30 pages, double spaced).

Submission is by e-mail, in PDF, to Authors of
submitted papers will be expected to review two other submissions. Early
submissions are welcomed.

Submission deadline: Jan 16, 2012
Review notification: Mar 2, 2012
Revisions due: Apr 2, 2012
Final decisions: Apr 30, 2012
Camera ready: May 21, 2012

Marian Petre
Open University

André van der Hoek
University of California, Irvine

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