First International Workshop on Autonomous Agile Teams (A-teams)

To succeed in complex environments, organizations have to find ways to support and regulate teams' autonomy according to the environmental demands and limitations. Furthermore, they have to take into consideration the degree of change and uncertainty, and that there is no one-size-fits-all autonomy approach. The process of forming and implementing agile teams with high autonomy, as well as the effective functioning of such teams, are not yet adequately addressed and understood in the context of software development organizations. Thus, there is a need for new knowledge on how organizations shall organize for the right level of team autonomy, and utilize autonomous agile teams, in order to attain better performance, productivity, innovation and value creation, and thus increase competitiveness.

The goal of the workshop is to facilitate knowledge sharing about the current practice of autonomous agile teams and deepen the knowledge about practices and strategies that enable autonomous teams. There will be an invited keynote, short talks (lightning talks) followed by a highly interactive session using workshop techniques. We seek contributions in the form of position papers with experience reports, empirical studies, reviews of relevant literature, and papers arguing for research needs or describing planned research.

We invite researchers and practitioners to this new and exciting workshop to discuss how to succeed with teamwork in agile projects. One emerging question is “How can organizations give cross-functional agile teams the authority to set directions for new products so that organizations can deliver software more rapidly”?

Possible research questions to engage in are:

  • How do organizations build a capacity for and promote team-internal shared leadership for autonomous teams in a multi-team setting?
  • How to enable awareness of the tasks and the processes in and among autonomous teams?
  • What are effective intra- and inter-team coordination mechanisms for autonomous teams?
  • How can agile practices such as stand-up meetings and retrospective meetings be adjusted to build autonomous teams?
  • What are the challenges related to leadership, coordination and knowledge sharing of autonomous teams?
  • How to align learning processes in autonomous teams with the rest of the organization?
  • What is the balance between alignment and autonomy in complex organizations and large projects?
  • How can system architecture support autonomous teams?

We ask for contributions in the form of 4-page short-papers, which will be peer-reviewed by program committee members for acceptance or rejection. Extended and revised short-papers can be included in the post-conference proceedings published by ACM and must adhere to the ACM formatting guidelines: ttp://



March 3, 2018 >> March 13th, 2018: Submission deadline

April 6, 2018:  Notification of acceptance/rejection

May 25, 2018:  Workshop at XP2018

At least one author of each accepted paper must participate in the workshop and give a presentation based on the paper. Papers are submitted as a PDF through EasyChair (



Viktoria Stray, University of Oslo, SINTEF,

Nils Brede Moe, SINTEF,

Eva Amdahl Seim, SINTEF,



Aivars Sablis, Blekinge Institute of Technology

Antonio Martini, University of Oslo

Bjørnar Tessem, University of Bergen

Dag Sjøberg, University of Oslo

Darja Šmite, Blekinge Institute of Technology

Gunnar Bergersen, University of Oslo

Helga Nyrud, Sopra Steria

Jaana Nyfjord, SICS, Sweden

Julian Bass, University of Salford

Jutta Eckstein, IT communication

Maria Paasivaara, Aalto University

Marius Mikalsen, SINTEF

Parastoo Mohagheghi, Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration

Rini Van Solingen, Delft University of Technology

Thomas Gustavsson, Karlstad Universitet, Karlstads Business School

Any questions may be directed to the workshop chair Viktoria Stray,