Call for Submissions

MAY 21 - 25, 2019

Montréal, Canada


XP 2019 — 20th International Conference on Agile Software and Systems Development

An Agile Alliance Event

May 21-25 - Montréal, Québec, Canada


XP 2019 will bring together academic and industry researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders to share research results, best practices, and experiences in the field of agile software and systems development. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a “newbie” - XP 2019 will offer a valuable networking and learning experience.

XP2000, held in Cagliari Italy, was the first Agile Software Development conference.  The conference has evolved from its original focus on eXtreme Programing (XP), to a broader agile research and practice conference. Since 2019 marks the 20th edition of the XP conference series, the conference theme will be “Agile - the Next 20 Years: Share and Discover! ”

XP 2019 will be held at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), an engineering school part of the Université du Québec network in downtown Montréal. As a cosmopolitan bilingual city Montréal, at confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, is home to four major academic institutions, a growing community of  companies in information and communications technology, and major cultural attractions.  New this year, for the first time XP will be held outside of Europe and will be co-located with ACM/IEEE’s ICSE (International Conference on Software Engineering).


XP 2019 will consist of a 5-day program with sessions that will feature research, experience reports, keynotes, panels, workshops, tutorials, an agile leadership symposium, a doctoral symposium, an educator’s symposium, tool demonstrations, lightning talks, networking receptions, and an “OpenJam” unconference.


The XP 2019 conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP). Submissions solicited below will be reviewed by the program committee based on relevance, significance, rigor, novelty, replicability, and quality. In some cases “accepted” submissions will be subject to shepherding by a designated committee member.

  • Research Papers. Both full (15 pages) and short (7 pages) unpublished papers related to agile or lean software development practices are being solicited. Submissions related to systems, DevOps, and emerging application areas such as Machine Learning, BlockChain, IoT (Internet of Things), and data analytics are encouraged.
  • Research Workshops. We welcome proposals for both original and new editions of prior workshops that address relevant topics. Workshops may be proposed to run half or full days.
  • Experience reports provide the opportunity to share practical experience through a paper and an accompanying talk. An experience report is a reflection of personal industry experiences including challenges seen, approaches taken - and what worked ... or didn’t. Submit an abstract with a brief unpublished experience. Accepted proposals will be shepherded. Experience reports are short (5 pages or less) and reviewed papers which will be published in the conference proceedings. Topics may include practices related to team collaboration, coaching, program management, and meetings.
  • Industry/Research in Practice. We invite proposals for session topics oriented toward practitioners that may include, but are not limited to, exploring collaboration practices, coaching practices, management practices, meeting practices, effective communication practices, and games - to promote optimal agile practices. These sessions may leverage (or demo) tools. These sessions tend to be more experiential than presentation-oriented - e.g. a mini-workshop demonstration of collaboration or coaching practices.
  • Research Posters. Poster proposals addressing new research ideas, research that is in an early state, or industrial experiences. We are looking for proposals capable of triggering discussions and collaborations. This will allow you to get feedback, to disseminate work or validate work in different states.
  • Doctoral Symposium. Submissions from doctoral students who are at a mid-point in their dissertation work--that is, who are at least 12 months from defending their dissertation, but have at least a preliminary research design. The intention is that doctoral students will have an opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from reviewers and other participants.
  • Educators’ Symposium. The Educators' Symposium provides a forum for those with a vested interest in education and training to share ideas for translating methods, practices, and theory into training, courses, curricula, and mentoring programs. We are looking for papers that describe techniques for teaching any facet of agile software development, with an emphasis on ideas and tools. We also invite proposals for panels, debates, talks, demos, activities, reports, posters, or any other structured session that helps the forum advance its goal of charting agile education and practice in the next 20 years.
  • Tutorials & Workshops. Proposals for both technical and non-technical sessions oriented toward practitioners, either from industry or academia. Tutorials should present fairly established material on topics of interest to agile practitioners and may involve presentation of materials, discussions and group activities. Workshops should provide a valuable hands-on learning experience, achieved primarily through peer-to-peer activities performed by attendees Workshops are intended to explore topics in depth through attendee interaction, rather than through  knowledge transfer by a presenter.
  • Agile Leadership Symposium. The Agile Leadership Symposium is intended for CIOs and other decision makers to discuss topics that may include DevOps, business agility, accelerating product innovation, lean startups, managing global scale agile development, and the culture of agile. Short papers (four pages or fewer) are solicited on topics relevant to the forum.

Important Deadlines

Sat, 10 Nov 2018

  • Research Workshop Proposals

Sat, 12 Jan 2019

  • Research Papers
  • Practice & Experience Sessions

Sat, 19 Jan 2019

  • Research Posters
  • Doctoral Symposium
  • Educators Symposium
  • Agile Leadership Symposium
  • Tutorials & Workshops

Organizing Team

  • General Chair: François Coallier, École de technologie supérieure
  • Program co-chairs: Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia; Steven Fraser, Innoxec
  • Local Arrangements: Patrick Cardinal, École de technologie supérieure
  • Tutorials and Workshops: Robert Chatley, Imperial College; Shane McIntosh, McGill University
  • Doctoral Symposium:  Casper Lassenius, Aalto University
  • Agile Leadership Symposium: Gail Ferreira, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Industry & Practice: Alex Sloley, Australia, Dennis Mancl, MSWX Software Experts; Yang Wang, Bosch & U. Stuttgart
  • Experience Reports: Rebecca Wirfs-Brock; Steve Adolph, cPrime
  • Educator’s Forum: Craig Anslow, Victoria University Wellington
  • Research Workshops: Rashina Hoda, University of Auckland
  • Panels: Steven Fraser
  • Research Posters: Philippe Kruchten
  • Sponsors Liaison: Philip Brock, Agile Alliance
  • Agile Montréal Liaison: Martin Goyette,  Agile Montréal
  • Communication & Marketing: Pam Hughes, Agile Alliance
  • Press & Media Sponsors: Pam Hughes, Agile Alliance
  • Students Volunteers Coordinator: Roberto Erick Lopez Herrejon, École de technologie supérieure

Program Committee

(Not yet final)

Steve Adolph Canada
Ademar Aguiar Portugal
Scott Ambler Canada
Daniel Amyot Canada
Craig Anslow New Zealand
Hubert Baumeister Denmark
Jan Bosch Sweden
Joanne Boyd USA
Nanette Brown United States
Frank Buschmann Germany
Fabio Calefato Italy
Robert Chatley United Kingdom
Steve Counsell United Kingdom
Robert Crawhall Canada
Torgeir Dingsøyr Norway
Yael Dubinsky Israel
Christof Ebert Germany
Hakan Erdogmus United States
Neil Ernst Canada
Michael Felderer Austria
Gail Ferreira United States
Juan Garbajosa Spain
Alfredo Goldman Brazil
Tony Gorschek Sweden
Des Greer United Kingdom
Peggy Gregory United Kingdom
Eduardo Guerra Brazil
Orit Hazzan Israel
Rashina Hoda New Zealand
Helena Holmström Olsson Sweden
Sami Hyrynsalmi Finland
Deepti Jain India
Andrea Janes Italy
Casper Lassenius Finland
Ruth Lennon Ireland
Ville Leppänen Finland
Lech Madeyski Poland
Dennis Mancl United States
Michele Marchesi Italy
Sabrina Marczak Brazil
Shane Mcintosh Canada
Claudia Melo Brazil
Tommi Mikkonen Finland
Alok Mishra Turkey
Nils Brede Moe Norway
Juergen Muench Germany
Daniel Méndez Fernández Germany
Maria Paasivaara Finland
Cecile Peraire United States
Ken Power Ireland
Pilar Rodríguez Finland
Daniela S. Cruzes Norway
Bran Selic Canada
Hugo Sereno Ferreira Portugal
Darja Smite Sweden
Ayse Tosun Turkey
Stefan Wagner Germany
Xiaofeng Wang Italy
Yang Wang Germany
Hironori Washizaki Japan
Laurie Williams United States
Agustin Yague Spain
Joseph Yoder United States

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