The core of the conference program are the writers’ workshops where the accepted papers will be discussed. The conference also contains many social activities to foster social networking.

Writers Workshops

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Focus Groups

Pattern Visualisation in Teaching and Consulting

Author: Olaf Zimmermann
Infos: Patterns can not only be used to design software and systems; important use cases also include academic lecturing, continued education and industry consulting. Writing and reading patterns is understood well, many formats and guides are available. The same holds for sketching and modeling the structure of designs conveyed by a pattern solution; many notations from informal rich pictures to UML exist.

But how to present entire patterns from context to problem and forces to solution, examples, discussion of consequences and known uses to classroom audiences or groups of workshop participants? Let’s exchange experiences and discuss open research problems:

  • Clarify the desired qualities (aka forces) for adequate pattern teaching and consulting.
  • Collect and compare lessons learned (good and bad) and curate some “best” practices for pattern presentation.
  • Identify suited notations and diagram types en route to a common toolbox for pattern display and pattern-oriented, collaborative design.

This focus group continues the discussions from the focus group on “Software Specification and Documentation in Continuous Software Development” at EuroPLoP 2017.

ChatGPT Prompt Engineering for Pattern Writers: Unlock Your Potential
Author: Stefan Holtel
Infos: Are you a pattern language enthusiast, decoding the intricate weave of patterns, yet find the process arduous? Is the maze of complex and sometimes poorly documented domains daunting? Join me in a focus group where we’ll navigate the challenges of pattern mining, analyzing, and organizing together. Discover how Prompt Engineering (PE) can amplify your pattern writing skills. Unearth the common pitfalls and glitches to avoid in PE and learn the best practices that could transform your writing prowess. This interactive session is an eye-opener into the world of PE at various stages of pattern creation. We’ll explore intriguing use cases of PE in pattern writing and pave the way for crafting high-quality pattern languages in the future. Embrace ChatGPT, the pattern writing companion that’s here to stay, and make PE an essential tool in your pattern writer’s arsenal. Dive into this workshop and step onto the path of becoming an ace pattern writer. Unleash your potential, the future awaits!

Dramatizing Software Patterns
Authors: Valentino Vranić, Aleksandra Vranić, Branislava Vranić
Infos: Many formats have been proposed for the description of software patterns in an effort to make them more understandable. Examples of patterns are being studied for this purpose, too. But how would it be to become a part of Observer, Mediator, or Visitor? Or some organizational pattern of software development, like Architect also Implements? In this focus group, we will revive software patterns as drama scenes. For that purpose, we will use drama patterns, which enable setting lively plays in no time and in a highly creative, collaborative, and inclusive fashion. No acting experience is required. No knowledge of software patterns is assumed. Everything will be explained on the spot.

  • Build a short play with drama patterns

  • Observe how some drama patterns correspond to certain software patterns

  • Dramatize some other software patterns (the choice depends on the participants

Introduce Patterns into the Design of Hybrid/blended Creative Spaces
Author: Dan Zhu
Infos: PhD candidate Dan Zhu and Professor Cees de Bont from Loughborough University School of Design and Creative Arts will lead a workshop “Introducing Patterns into the design of Hybrid/blended Creative Spaces”. The workshop is linked to a PhD project aiming to develop a pattern language for designing future hybrid creative spaces for workplace and educational institutions, especially for the design and arts sector.
Participants will have the chance to:

  • Create, organize and share their ideas within an interdisciplinary design context;
  • Create impact on the development of a pattern language in spatial/environment design field.


Sharing cherished qualities about EuroPLoP
Authors: Sawami Shibata, Yuna Fukushiro, Takashi Iba
Infos: In this focus group, we will conduct a workshop where participants will talk about what they feel are the great qualities of the EuroPLoP community and verbalize what makes the community special for them. CheriSharing Workshop is a workshop we have developed to provide an opportunity for members of a community to share and talk about what they like and cherish about the community. The workshop will start by participants having dialogue in small groups, and use topic cards to share specific content, episodes, and memories from the EuroPLoP community. Afterwards, each participant will write down and share with others three things that they feel makes the community attractive. We hope to have a mix of both new and returning participants who are interested in or passionate about the EuroPLoP community.
Objectives: We expect this workshop to be an opportunity to share greatness among the EuroPLoP community and cherish the community even more.


The Pattern Coin Trial at EuroPLoP2023
Authors: Elly Shimamura, Haruto Aoki, Takashi Iba, Mizuki Ota, Aoi Imai, An Hikino, Ema Okubo
Infos: In this focus group, we propose Pattern Coins, a new media on pattern language, for EuroPLoP community members to experience the practice-gifting approach. Pattern Coins are small, flat, circular wooden objects with the printing of the pattern name, pattern illustration, and the solution statement. By using Pattern Coins, we aim to promote practice on patterns by looking at the coin, and associating the practice related to the pattern of the coin. Pattern Coins can be passed along as a practice gift to other members by sharing the practice experience once the owner practiced the pattern. For the patterns used in this trial, we created a remix system of patterns from several pattern languages, specifically for the EuroPloP conference for it to be fulfilling for all participants (e.g. Good & Better, Words of Thanks). The Experiment will start on day one of the conference and will conclude in the last Focus Group slot where we will have a discussion for reflecting together on the whole 4 days trial

  • Encourage and promote chains of good practices within the EuroPLoP community;
  • Strengthen ties of the members in the community;
  • A good opportunity for participants to use Pattern Coins as a media for practice-gifting.

EuroPLoP is the premier European conference on patterns and pattern languages. Design patterns are a unique and effective way to capture and share expertise, tacit knowledge and research findings.

Unlike other conferences, EuroPLoP focuses on improving papers instead of only presenting them. Authors will receive high quality feedback in a constructive way during the shepherding process and during the workshops at the conference. The feedback can be used to improve submitted papers for final publication.

We hope to be able to organize the conference on-site, but this is subject to change, considering any restrictions imposed by Covid-19. EuroPLoP’s registration fee is normally 1111€ and covers all activities, accommodation, and food.