Call for Research Papers

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, the International Conference on Agile Software and System Development, is the premier agile software development conference, providing a unique forum where researchers, practitioners, agile thought leaders, coaches, and trainers present and discuss their most recent innovations, research results, experiences, trends and concerns in the field of Agile Software and System Development.

XP2019 marks the 20th edition of the “First Conference in Agile”. Whether you are new to agile, a seasoned practitioner, an executive, or a researcher – XP will provide you with a broad-based learning and networking experience. The theme for XP2019 will be “Agile – the Next 20 Years: Share and Discover!

Agile continues to advance – and the focus of the XP conference program has expanded over the years. While the first XP conference focused on eXtreme Programming and pre-dated the “Agile Manifesto” – XP2019 solicits contributions that address all modern agile approaches, as well as the application of agile to applications including but not limited to: DevOps, FinTech, AI/ML, IoT, and other mission critical systems with global reach.

The XP 2019 conference will be in downtown Montréal at the École de technologie supérieure, an engineering school part of the Université du Québec network.  A renowned metropolis in the province of Québec that is among the largest cities in North America,  Montréal is home to multiple and diverse attractions. In addition to the large Francophone population, there is also a sizable Anglophone community and many cultural communities, which gives the city a cosmopolitan flair. Boasting a human dimension in a city where everyone feels safe, Montréal features vibrant neighbourhoods and numerous green spaces, along with restaurants to suit every taste and budget.

Topics of Interest

We invite submissions of unpublished high-quality research papers (full and short) related to agile and lean software development. We welcome submissions addressing topics across the full spectrum of agile software development, broadly on agile, on issues of concern to researchers or practitioners (or both).

The topics of interest to this year’s conference include, but not restricted to, the following:

  • Agile and lean approaches to requirements gathering, testing, release management and deployment
  • Tools and techniques for agile and lean development
  • Qualitative/quantitative improvement techniques for agile and lean processes and products
  • Measurement and metrics for agile projects, agile processes, agile software and agile teams
  • Agile sustainability, evolution and revolution
  • Adopting and adapting agile and lean in large projects and organizations
  • Agile practices in global software development and offshoring
  • Agile and lean software business and software startups
  • Foundations and conceptual studies of and for agile and lean methods
  • Empirical studies and evaluations
  • Teaching and using agile methods in education and research
  • Emerging topics and future directions for modern agile


Submission that based on empirical studies based on practitioners and academy collaboration are encouraged.


The XP 2019 conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP).

Submissions will be first screened on rigor and relevance, and then evaluated by at least three members of the program committee, mostly based on soundness, significance, novelty, replicability, and presentation quality.


All submissions must conform to the LNBIP formatting and submission instructions. See instructions for authors at

Papers length should not exceed 15 pages (full papers) and 7 pages (short papers).

  • There is no limit on the number of submissions an author may submit, but authors are advised to focus on quality rather than on quantity.
  • By submitting to the XP Research Papers Track, authors acknowledge that they are aware of and agree that papers submitted to XP 2019 must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere while under consideration for XP 2019.
  • Papers must be submitted electronically via EasyChair by the defined deadline. Link to EasyChair submission:

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: Jan 17, 2019 .
  • Notification to authors: Feb 19, 2019.
  • Camera ready due: Mar 03, 2019.


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

Program Committee


  • Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Steven Fraser, Innoxec, USA


Members of the program committee:


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


If you have any questions or comments, please contact the program co-chairs at .



All tracks and sessions of XP 2019 are available at the conference website along with the specific call for submissions, dates, committees, and guidelines.