Finding the Right Balance!

The pandemic has enforced many changes. Some of them are long-lasting or at least discussed if they should be kept. The most prominent example is the possibility of working from home. Of course, working from home has many advantages, for example, less time and energy for commuting, more flexibility (especially for families with small children), and improved accessibility for disabled people. Yet, there are also disadvantages when working remotely like building trust is much faster in person than virtually, “accidental” knowledge transfer at the water cooler or in the cafeteria, or resolving conflicts. Thus, organizations need to find a balance that will suit the needs of all.

Working from home is certainly not the only topic we need to ponder. In our profession, we continuously have to weigh topics against each other. For example, how much innovation do we need versus how much preservation is required? Or how much altruism can or should we afford? Architectural and technical decisions have to be balanced continuously to ensure the system is usable, valuable, and feasible. And like a pendulum, companies keep asking in turn for more general or more expert knowledge. And finally, if we look at organizational structures, then we keep having discussions about (dis-)advantages of pre-defined structures versus (complete) self-organization.

The 14 track chairs are creating insightful tracks that explore answers to these questions. I want to point out some of the tracks, for example, SUSTAIN_ability - responsible steps the future, Product Development in Balance, and Social Integration. On the more technical side, we will also be offering the following topics at OOP 2023: Software Architecture: New Approaches & Fundamentals, C++ & Programming Embedded Systems, as well as The State of Modern Web Development, or DevOps: The Balance between Dev and Ops.

I’m particularly looking forward to the new track concentrating on Leadership, which examines how self-leadership and self-responsibility are the important foundation for balancing staying healthy as leaders and keeping the power to support people, teams, and organizations.

OOP 2023 will serve as a platform for technical experts, (project) managers, and leaders for gaining an excellent overview of the state-of-the-art in modern software engineering. In order to do so, we will focus on cutting-edge techniques that have also proven to be successful in practical use.

Welcome to OOP 2023!


Jutta Eckstein

Program Chair OOP conference

As the program chair, Jutta Eckstein has the overall responsibility for the technical quality of the OOP conference. As an independent coach, consultant, and trainer she focuses on enabling agility and (social, economic & environmental) sustainability on the organizational level.