Co-located with REFSQ 2019

Essen, Germany, March 18, 2019


The goal of the workshop is to create a set of commonly known RE practices as formally modelled practices according to the ESSENCE standard. The motivation for this workshop is two-fold: First, the ESSENCE standard provides a solid basis in terms of terminology and building blocks, but only comes to life for every-day use by modelling actual practices. Hence, creating a set of ESSENCE practices on RE provides a good starting point for those persons who want to start using ESSENCE while having a strong background in RE. Second, there is a lot of well-established literature that can be complemented with formal ESSENCE models for the most common practices. While the available, detailed literature provides an easy start, the unified terminology and modelling formalism of ESSENCE provides a suitable basis for comparisons of different RE practices.

We invite submissions, but do not request formal papers. Each participant is invited to model one or more RE practices using ESSENCE before the workshop and submit a document containing the model(s) and possibly also additional information (e.g. reasoning, alternatives, ...).

The workshop will consists of three phases: The first phase will contain a short introduction to ESSENCE and a short introduction to the submitted practices by the participants (5-10 minutes per submission). The second phase will consist of two breakout sessions (each 45-60 minutes) in which participants can discuss and improve the submitted practice models or create new ones for additional practices suggested by other participants or by the organizers. The final third phase will collect the results from the breakout sessions and propose steps for the future.

We plan to publish a collection of "final" practice models as a technical report after the workshop. An experience report on the collaborative modelling of RE practices during the workshop will also be part of that technical report. Every participant is invited to contribute to this experience report. We will also give you some time after the workshop to clean up your models, so that we expect to publish the technical report in summer 2019.


Practice submissions due

January 14, 2019

No acceptance/rejection notifications!


No camera ready version deadline!


Workshop day

March 18, 2019 (half day)


The workshop invites for discussions connecting the software engineering methods community interested in formal modelling of practices and methods on the one hand and the requirements engineering community interested in capturing and improving best practices for RE on the other hand. Each participant is invited to submit one or more ESSENCE model(s) of RE practice(s) before the workshop. You may wish to visit and to learn more about the ESSENCE standard and the SEMAT community before preparing your submission. Any level of detail from a rough sketch to a fully detailed formal model is welcome for the workshop. Supplementary material discussing reasonings, alternatives or alike is particularly welcome to stimulate the discussion among the participants at the workshop.

Please submit your documents directly to the workshop organizers via email.


Monday, 18th of March 2019

Preliminary schedule

14.00 hOpening
14.10 hPresentation Session: All participants get some minutes to present their prepared practices.
14.40 hWorking Session 1
15.30 hCoffee Break
16.00 hWorking Session 2
17.00 hWrap-Up and Closing


The workshop is co-located with the "25th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering" in Essen, Germany.

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