I am short paper co-chair of PROFES 2016, the International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement, is among the top recognized software development and process improvement conferences. The 17th IEEE International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES2016) brings together researchers and practitioners to share their reserach findings and experiences in software engineering, process improvement and product improvement, In the spirit of the PROFES conference series, PROFES 2016 will focus on how the challenges of improving software development within the different practice areas such as requirements, design, construction, testing, maintenance, process, methods, management, etc. The conference explicitly encourages submissions of research papers based on empirical evidence ranging from controlled experiments to case studies and from quantitative to qualitative studies.