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
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, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2019
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
Eriks Klotins, Michael Unterkalmsteiner, Tony Gorschek, "Software engineering in start-up companies", Journal of Empirical Software Engineering, ISSN 1382-3256, EISSN 1573-7616, Vol. 24, nr 1, pp. 68 - 102, Springer New York LLC, 2019
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