XP 2018 | Call for Research Workshops

19th International Conference on Agile Software Development.

XP is the premier agile software development conference combining research and practice. It is a unique forum where agile researchers, practitioners, thought leaders, coaches, and trainers get together to present and discuss their most recent innovations, research results, experiences, concerns, challenges, and trends. XP conferences have been pushing forward the successful evolution and adoption of agile by teams and organizations, not only in the software industry and academia, but also beyond. Whether you are new to agile or a seasoned agile practitioner, XP 2018 will provide a playful and informal environment to learn and trigger discussions around its main theme — make, inspect, adapt. Join us!

XP 2018 will take place at the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP), in Porto, Portugal, a charming city that will embrace you as soon as you arrive! XP 2018 conference’s program will mashup a sample of Porto’s attractions, to promote informal and playful conversations about agile, and to make sure that your XP’s experience will be un-for-get-ta-ble! (@^◡^)

Research Workshops.

In addition to the main tracks of the conference, XP hosts a variety of high-quality workshops, providing a forum for groups of 20-40 (or more) participants to meet and discuss research questions with peers to mature new and exciting ideas, which may optionally be recorded in formal proceedings. Research workshops are usually very effective to help on defining new research agendas for collaboration, and incubating scientific communities.

We invite scientific workshop proposals on agile related topics, to discuss or present results of research and practice, in one half or full-day. We welcome both already existing well-known workshops and new cutting-edge workshops in innovative topics. If there is a topic relevant to XP that you feel passionate about, and you want to connect with others who have similar interests, you should consider submitting a proposal to organize a workshop!

Workshop proponents may define the format of the workshop, and we more than welcome new, and unconventional ideas for workshop formats, ranging from traditional mini-conferences, more presentation-oriented, to highly interactive sessions, to act as retreats for domain experts, or agenda-setting opportunities. Common activities at workshops also include poster sessions, hands-on practical work, and focus groups.

Workshops at XP 2018 may be held before or after (Monday or Friday) the main conference days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday). Participation in XP research workshops is preferably open. We encourage the workshops that include presentation of research papers to publish the accepted papers in a separate volume of the XP proceedings, which will be prepared to be archived by Springer LNBIP.

Proposal submitters should feel free to direct questions about workshop formats to the workshop chairs.


Submissions will be first screened on relevance and attractiveness, and then evaluated by members of the program committee, mostly based on the following criteria:

  • the relevance and importance of the topic addressed;
  • the attractiveness and novelty of the topic for the agile community, as well as other relevant communities;
  • the potential of the workshop results to advance the state of agile research and practice, either by forging a new research community or by creating new collaborations;
  • the interactive nature of the workshop format, e.g., workshops stimulating discussions will be preferred to those based solely on presentations;
  • the experience of the organizers to lead a successful workshop on the topic;
  • the balance and synergy with respect to other workshops and co-located events; and
  • the ability of the workshop to attract and cater to mature research, new and emerging ideas, or preferably both.

The XP2018 venue has a large capacity, therefore all proposals meeting the evaluation criteria above are very likely to be accepted.


Proposals must conform to the LNBIP formatting and submission instructions (see instructions for authors) and must include the following information (max. 5 pages):

  • title and abbreviation to use for advertising purposes;
  • theme and goals of the workshop, and it’s relevance to the agile community;
  • abstract with max. 200-words summarizing the theme and goals of the workshop to use for advertising purposes in XP 2018 website;
  • organizers’ names, affiliations, expertise on the topics, experience on running workshops, responsibilities for the proposed workshop, and contact details indicating the primary organizer and contact person (not necessarily the same);
  • expected number of participants (ideal, minimum, and maximum) and numbers of previous editions, and links (if any); please note that the workshop registration has additional fees to the main XP conference days;
  • planned advertisement for the workshop to promote participation;
  • preparation expected from participants, and how attendees gain access to the workshop (e.g., submission of a full paper, an extended abstract, a position paper); we favor open access;
  • program committee, including tentative and already committed members;
  • format of the workshop (e.g., introductory material, paper presentations, keynotes, focus groups, panel discussions, debates) and a preliminary timetable (e.g., half or full day);
  • expected results and how they will be disseminated to the wider public after the workshop (e.g., proceedings, workshop web site);
  • any special requirements (e.g., room configuration, audio and video);
  • and a one-page draft of the call for submissions/participation.

Workshop organizers are responsible for advertising the workshop (e.g., sending calls for contributions to relevant mailing lists), managing the workshop web site, organizing the reviewing process (e.g., by forming a small program committee), running the workshop, and collating any results of the workshop for dissemination.

Workshop proposals must be submitted electronically via EasyChair no later than the deadline, but we encourage to submit as sooner as possible, to allow time for refinements, if needed and possible.


For potential compensation information, see the following.

Important dates.

  • Dec 02, 2017 at 11:59 pm: submission of proposals due (earlier is better!)
  • Dec 09, 2017: notification.
  • Dec 16, 2018: workshop call for contributions ready.
  • Mar 03, 2018: workshop papers deadline.
  • Apr 28, 2018: workshop program ready.

All dates are defined as AoE (Anywhere on Earth).

Program Committee.


  • Stefan Wagner, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Rashina Hoda, University of Auckland, New Zealand

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the program chairs at research-workshops@xp2018.org.

Important dates

Dec 02, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Submission of proposals due (earlier is better!)

Dec 09


Dec 16

Workshop call for contributions ready

Mar 03, 2018

Workshop papers deadline

Apr 28, 2018

Workshop program ready


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