Eriks Klotins

Eriks Klotins

Doctoral student

eriks.klotins@bth.se

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
Nirnaya Tripathi, Eriks Klotins, Rafael Prikladnicki, Markku Oivo, Leandro Bento Pompermaier, Arun Sojan Kudakacheril, Michael Unterkalmsteiner, Kari Liukkunen, Tony Gorschek, "An anatomy of requirements engineering in software startups using multi-vocal literature and case survey", Journal of Systems and Software, ISSN 0164-1212, EISSN 1873-1228, Vol. 146, pp. 130 - 151, Elsevier Inc., 2018
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
Sami Hyrynsalmi, Eriks Klotins, Michael Unterkalmsteiner, Tony Gorschek, Nirnaya Tripathi, Leandro Bento Pompermaier, Rafæl Prikladnicki, "What is a minimum viable (video) game?", Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), ISSN 0302-9743, Lect. Notes Comput. Sci., Springer Verlag, 2018