Eriks Klotins

Eriks Klotins

Doctoral student

Department of Software Engineering, Room J2617

+46 (0) 455-385840

About me

My current work is aimed to explore how tech start-ups use software engineering practices to devise and evolve their products. There is a belief that “traditional” software engineering practices and processes are too heavyweight and bureaucratic for fast moving start-ups. On the other hand, purely ad-hoc practices can backfire with product quality issues and expensive maintenance if a start-up succeeds in a market.

My goal is to understand what engineering practices are best suited for start-up environment and what are the considerations for selecting the engineering practices in start-ups. In my work, I collect primary data from start-ups and analyze what works, what does not work in start-ups at different product stages, markets, product types and so on. In other words, the goal of my PhD is to create an engineering roadmap for start-ups and to pilot it with tech start-ups.

At the moment I am interested in collaboration with tech start-ups that would be willing to share their experience with product engineering in exchange for access to expert knowledge and global best practices.

Recent publications
Eriks Klotins, Michael Unterkalmsteiner, Panagiota Chatzipetrou, Tony Gorschek, Rafael Prikladnicki, Nirnaya Tripathi, Leandro Bento Pompermaier, "Exploration of technical debt in start-ups", Proceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering, ISSN 0270-5257, Proceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering, IEEE Computer Society, 2018
Eriks Klotins, Michael Unterkalmsteiner, Tony Gorschek, "Software engineering in start-up companies", Journal of Empirical Software Engineering, ISSN 1382-3256, EISSN 1573-7616, Springer New York LLC, 2018
Eriks Klotins, Michael Unterkalmsteiner, Tony Gorschek, "Software-intensive product engineering in start-ups", IEEE Software, ISSN 0740-7459, EISSN 1937-4194, Vol. 35, nr 4, pp. 44 - 52, IEEE Computer Society, 2018
Eriks Klotins, "Using the Case Survey Method to Explore Engineering Practices in Software Start-Ups", Proceedings - 2017 IEEE/ACM 1st International Workshop on Software Engineering for Startups, SoftStart 2017, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2017
Michael Unterkalmsteiner, Pekka Abrahamsson, XiaoFeng Wang, Anh Nguyen-Duc, Syed Shah, Sohaib Shahid Bajwa, Guido H. Baltes, Kieran Conboy, Eoin Cullina, Denis Dennehy, Henry Edison, Carlos Fernandez-Sanchez, Juan Garbajosa, Tony Gorschek, Eriks Klotins, Laura Hokkanen, Fabio Kon, Ilaria Lunesu, Michele Marchesi, Lorraine Morgan, Markku Oivo, Christoph Selig, Pertti Seppänen, Roger Sweetman, Pasi Tyrväinen, Christina Ungerer, Agustin Yagüe, "Software Startups", e-Informatica Software Engineering Journal, ISSN 1897-7979, EISSN 2084-4840, Vol. 10, nr 1, pp. 89 - 123, Politechnika Gdanska, 2016