MARCH 2016

Focus and Topics

Traditionally, software architecture is seen as the result of the software architecture design process, the solution, usually represented by a set of components and connectors. Recently, the “why” of the solution, the set of design decisions made by the software architect, is complementing or even replacing the solution-oriented definition of software architecture. Till now, most of the research around software architecture design decisions focused on capturing the design decisions. Typically, research papers focused on tracing, representing, capturing and modelling design decisions (see for example the proceedings of successive SHARK workshops).

The focus of the present workshop, MARCH, is on the process of making these design decisions. In this workshop, we seek to explore and understand the decision making process, how different factors influence the quality of software architecture decisions, and ways to assure good software architecture decision making. Decision making research is an emerging field in software engineering and software architecture. Research papers that explore how to study decision making are relevant in this workshop. Understanding decision making process can be based on multiple scientific disciplines such as work and organizational psychology, cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, and human computer interaction. Therefore we encourage interdisciplinary research papers that leverage and build upon the existing knowledge in the neighboring research fields.

The following software architecture decision making topics are of interest in the workshop:

  • Cognitive, behavioral, and social aspects of decision making
  • Group and collaborative decision making
  • Cultural aspects of decision making
  • Decision communication
  • Decision review, verification and confirmation
  • Methods and tools for decision making
  • Decision making over time
  • Decision making strategies
  • Knowledge needed or helpful for decision-making
  • Decision making research methodology
  • Personality traits in decision making
  • Organizational aspects of decision making

Authors are invited to submit unpublished work demonstrating innovation in the topics of interest to the workshop.  Each submitted paper will undergo a review process by three program committee members. Reviewers will evaluate the submissions based on: (i) their ability to generate discussion, and (ii) relevance to the workshop.

Important Dates

Papers due: 18th of February 2016

Papers notification: 4th of March 2016

Camera-ready due: 11th of March 2016


Accepted papers will be submitted for inclusion to IEEE Xplore.

Submission information

All papers must conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Formatting Guidelines, use the A4 page format, and be submitted electronically through the Online Submission Site. Submitted articles should be in PDF format and not exceed 8 pages for full papers, and 4 pages for short papers, in IEEE proceedings format.

Please submit using the following Easychair link and select the track ““: