Fostering More Industry-Academic Research in XP (FIAREX) part of XP 2018, Porto, Portugal, 21st – 25th May 2018

Time Session/Activity Presenter/Speaker
14.00-14.30 Keynote: Challenges and approaches of performing canonical action
research in software security
Daniela Cruzes
14.30-15.00 Talk 1: DevOps in Practice – An
Exploratory Case Study
Rubén Almaraz, Jessica Díaz, Jennifer Perez and Juan Garbajosa
15.00-15.30 Talk 2: Survey: how much the academic
startups know and use Agile Software and Lean Startup methodologies?
Simona Ibba, Gavina Baralla, Andrea Pinna and Roberto Tonelli
15.30-16.00 Coffee Break
16.00-16.30 Talk 3: So - what does industry think about academic collaboration and
vice versa?
Steve Counsell, Stephen Swift
16.30-17.30 Discussion and wrap-up All

While some academic disciplines have been highly successful in bringing academia and industry together to share (often sensitive) data in studies, the same is not necessarily true of the software engineering community generally speaking. As such, there is an opportunity in any area where software is written, used or studied to analyze, understand and disseminate best practice in fostering more industry-academic studies in agile topics; this is the purpose of FIAREX. The Workshop will be geared towards experience: what lessons can be learnt from current studies in terms of barriers and impediments to collaboration between industry and academia on agile topics? What are the key issues in sharing agile data between academia and industry? What is best practice in collaborative studies and, most importantly, what can be done to encourage more agile collaboration? The following is an indicative, but by no means exhaustive list of experience topics that we solicit for FIAREX:

  • Current challenges in sharing industry data on agile practices with academia
  • Challenges in performing experiments/case-studies with agile data
  • Issues with analyzing industry data on agile
  • Preserving anonymity/security in agile data
  • Issues associated with reporting results using industrial agile data
  • Specific current research/initiatives in the area of industry-academic cooperation
  • Best practice in collaboration between industry and academia
  • Short surveys and analyses of industrial-academia collaborations of agile
  • Future directions, challenges and initiatives in collaborations (i.e., the landscape)


  • Steve Counsell, Department of Computer Science, Brunel University, London (
  • Professor Tracy Hall, Department of Computer Science, Brunel University, London
  • Dr Stephen Swift, Department of Computer Science, Brunel University, London
  • Dr Philipp Diebold, Fraunhofer Institute, Germany, (

Important dates:

Full paper submission deadline: 3rd March, 2018  >> 13th March, 2018
Paper notification: 6th April, 2018
Camera ready: 14th April, 2018

Submission details:

Submit original full papers (not published or submitted elsewhere) with a maximum of 4 pages. Include the title of the paper, the name and affiliation of each author an abstract and up to 4 keywords. Both research papers where industry are involved and industry experience reports are welcome. All submissions must be written in English, follow the Springer conference proceedings format and be uploaded through the EasyChair Conference website. Each submission will be reviewed by three PC members. Paper selection is based on originality, technical contribution, presentation and relevance to FIAREX. At least one author of each accepted paper must register with the full fee and present at the workshop.

Program Committee: TBC