Ph.D. Diary

Special memories since the start of my Ph.D. are shared here. Enjoy!

Jan 2019 – Started my Ph.D. at Dept. of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand with awesome Dr. Rashina Hoda. πŸ₯³

Apr 2019 – Dr. Paramvir Singh joined as my co-supervisor. πŸ€“

Jun 2019 – Posted my first interview recruitment advertisement “everywhere”. I was super scared that I will not get any responses. Funny, got 16 responses within 2 days! πŸ™„

Sept 2019 – My first poster at Exposure’19 Postgraduate research competition got selected to the final round! So happy! πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Oct 2019 – After 7 rounds of revisions, submitted my first ICSE paper to the NIER track! πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Nov 2019 – Got my Ph.D. candidature confirmed. “This was more like a Ph.D. defense” – Partha Roop, panelist said after 1.5 hours long seminar. πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Nov 2019 – Said good bye to New Zealand. 😭

Jan 2020 – Joined HumaniSE Lab at Monash University, Australia with Rashina. Team got strong as the wonderful Prof. John Grundy became my co-supervisor. πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Jan 2020 – ICSE NIER paper got accepted! I was over the moon! 🀩

Jan 2020 – Submitted a paper to ICSE CHASE workshop. πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Feb 2020 – ICSE CHASE paper got accepted! Two in a row!🀩

April 2020 – Submitted a paper to IEEE Software Special Issue on Behavioral Science for Software Engineering. πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

May 2020 – First paper rejection! IEEE Software paper got rejected. I was not sad. I was surprised why I was not sad. 🧐

May 2020 – I was supposed to present the two papers at ICSE in South Korea. Covid-19 pandemic stopped that. 😩

June 2020 – I was supposed to attend the very first Human Aspects in Software Engineering Summer School in Sweden. Still the Covid-19 did it’s thing. Summer school got cancelled. 😩

June 2020 – My first survey is out! Very excited! πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

June 2020 – Survey got crtiqued by a set of agile practitioners. That made us realize that there’s a gap between the research community and the industry and agile requirements engineering needs its own language. With these requirements, it was not possible to move forward with the current topic. Therefore, we changed the scope. 🀯

June 2020 – Submitted the paper which got rejected by IEEE Software to FSE conference as a Visions paper. πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

June 2020 – I became the supervisor of a team of 4 final year Software Engineering students! This is my first experience in supervising! πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

July 2020 – Presented virtually at ICSE 2020! My very first experience! πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ Almost cried after seeing the last announcement on CLOWDR. πŸ˜”

July 2020 – Updated survey is out again. πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

July 2020 – Previously rejected paper got rejected again. It was a weak reject. Reviewers loved the paper but they had to reject because we don’t have results (Paper is totally visionary). Did some minor tweaks and submitted again to a different venue. Waiting to see the luck of this paper. πŸ˜‚ πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Aug 2020 – Finally the paper got accepted to Human Centric Software Engineering and Cyber Security workshop at ASE 2020! πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Sept 2020 – I presented “Towards Better Understanding of Agile Teams through Behavior Change Models” at HCSE-CS workshop at ASE 2020. πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Oct 2020 – I was appointed as the Publicity and Social Media Chair of ASE 2021! Kla will be chairing too. This is my very first experience in being a chair at a conference! πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Nov 2020 – My students did a great job in their research project. I am really happy and proud! HDs! Scored the highest from the class – AU and MY! πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Nov 2020 – Running survey II. πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Nov 2020 – CHASE’21 Social Media Chair πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Dec 2020 – Submitted “A Multi-dimensional Study of Requirements Changes in Agile Software Development Projects” to IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. Co-authored by Rashina and John πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Dec 2020 – CHASE’21 Programme Committee Member πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Dec 2020 – XP’21 Poster Co-Chair πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Jan 2021 – Received the first paper review invitation from CHI’21 conference for the Late Breaking Work track πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Jan 2021 – Did my progress review seminar. “This is like a thesis defense” said my panelists 😊 Heard the same at the provisional year review at The University of Auckland. Stepping to the final year of my Ph.D. πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Feb 2021 – Delivered a lightning talk at the Australasian Computer Science Week 2021 πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

April 2021 – Received major revisions for the TSE paper. Going to address the reviewers’ comments πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

April 2021 – AffectRE’21 Programme Committee Member πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Aug 2021 – “A Faceted Taxonomy of Requirements Changes in Agile Contexts” accepted at IEEE Transactions of Software Engineering (Study including 1st draft (while doing other studies): 1 year and 11 months; Submission (20 pages) to acceptance (16 pages includes title change): 9 months; Altogether: 2 years and 8 months). Co-authored by Rashina and John πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Aug 2021 – Automated Software Engineering Journal Reviewer πŸ€©πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Sept 2021 – Submitted “The Emotional Roller Coaster of Responding to Requirements Changes in Software Engineering” to IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. Co-authored by Rashina and John πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Oct 2021 – ACM Computing Surveys Journal Reviewer πŸ€©πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Oct 2021 – Submitted “The Role of Scrum Master in University Contexts” to the Journal of Systems and Software. Co-authored by Zainab and Rashina πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Nov 2021 – Ending student supervision during the Ph.D. 8 students up to now πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Dec 2021 – CHASE2022 Program Committee Member πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Dec 2021 – XP2022 Program Committee Member πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Dec 2021 – “Emotimonitor: A Trello Power-Up to Capture andΒ MonitorΒ Emotions of Agile Teams” accepted at Journal of Systems and Software (Study including 1st draft: 6 months; Submission to acceptance: 7 months; Altogether: 1 year and 1 month). Co-authored by my first group of students, John, and Rashina πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Jan 2022 – Journal of Systems and Software Reviewer πŸ€©πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ