Eriks Klotins

Eriks Klotins

Postdoktor

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.

Projects & Publications

Recent publications
Eriks Klotins, Michael Unterkalmsteiner, Panagiota Chatzipetrou, Tony Gorschek, Rafael Prikladniki, Nirnaya Tripathi, Leandro Bento Pompermaier, "A progression model of software engineering goals, challenges, and practices in start-ups", IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, ISSN 0098-5589, EISSN 1939-3520, Vol. 47, nr 3, pp. 498 - 521, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2021
Darja Šmite, Marius Mikalsen, Nils Brede Moe, Viktoria Stray, Eriks Klotins, "From Collaboration to Solitude and Back", LNBIP, ISSN 18651348, EISSN 419, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH, 2021
Eriks Klotins, Michael Unterkalmsteiner, Panagiota Chatzipetrou, Tony Gorschek, Rafæl Prikladnicki, Nirnaya Tripathi, Leandro Bento Pompermaier, "Use of agile practices in start-up companies", e-Informatica Software Engineering Journal, ISSN 1897-7979, EISSN 2084-4840, Vol. 15, nr 1, pp. 47 - 64, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, 2021
Muhammad Usman, Michael Felderer, Michael Unterkalmsteiner, Eriks Klotins, Daniel Mendez, Emil Alégroth, "Compliance Requirements in Large-Scale Software Development", Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH, 2020
Eriks Klotins, Michael Unterkalmsteiner, Tony Gorschek, "Software Engineering Anti-Patterns in Start-Ups", IEEE Software, ISSN 0740-7459, EISSN 1937-4194, Vol. 36, nr 2, pp. 118 - 126, IEEE Computer Society, 2019
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