Call for Research Workshop Papers

MAY 21 - 25, 2019

Montréal, Canada

XP 2019 – RESEARCH WORKSHOPS: Joint Call for Papers

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

An Agile Alliance Event

May 21-25 - Montréal, Québec, Canada

 

The 20th International Conference on Agile Software Development, XP2019 features three Research Workshops devoted to specific topics in Agile and Extreme software development at XP2019 in Montreal, Canada, May 21-25, 2019. This year, XP2019 is co-located with the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) in Montreal.

XP2019 is the leading international conference on agile and lean methods in software and information systems development and Research Workshops provide a forum for small groups to discuss current topics in agile software engineering research and practice.

The three workshops are:

 

Submission deadline March 10, 2019

Full Call for Papers for each of these are detailed below. Please contact the individual workshop organizers for queries related to that workshop.

We look forward to seeing you in Montreal!

Best regards,

Rashina Hoda

Chair, Research Workshops
XP2019, Montreal, Canada
https://www.agilealliance.org/xp2019/

Call for contributions: 7th International Workshop on Large-Scale Agile Development (LargeScaleAgile)

Agile software development methods are conventionally applied in small, collocated development teams. There is growing interest, from researchers and practitioners, in agile methods applied to large-scale projects with several cooperating teams developing complex systems.

Large-scale agile is now a hot topic in software engineering. Agile frameworks, with all their benefits and challenges are being widely discussed and applied. The IEEE Software special issue on large-scale agile put together by Torgeir Dingsøyr, Davide Falessi and Ken Power is expected to come out in Mar./Apr. 2019.

How to apply agile methods to large projects was identified as the "top burning research question" by practitioners at XP2010. At XP2013 to XP2018, this workshop has addressed research challenges in large-scale agile development and identified topics such as inter-team coordination, large project organization, release planning and architecture and practices to scaling agile methods, see

(Moe & Dingsøyr, 2017).

For 2019, we seek contributions across the full range of issues involved in large-scale agile. Such issues might include:

  • inter-team coordination,
  • programme and portfolio management,
  • customer involvement and product ownership,
  • managing uncertainty and risk,
  • governance,
  • architecture,
  • roles, artefacts or ceremonies, and
  • frameworks, for large-scale agile development.

We seek contributions in the form of position papers, experience reports, empirical studies, reviews of relevant literature, and papers arguing for research needs or describing planned research.

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.

References

Moe, N. B., & Dingsøyr, T. (2017). Emerging Research Themes and Updated Research Agenda for Large-scale Agile Development: A Summary of the 5th International Workshop at XP2017. In Proceedings of the XP2017 Scientific Workshops (pp. 14:1–14:4). New York, NY, USA: ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/3120459.3120474

 

Important dates:

March 10, 2019: Submission deadline

April 10, 2018: Notification of acceptance/rejection

May 25, 2019: Workshop during XP2019, Montreal, Canada.

 

Workshop Organizer

Julian Bass   University of Salford UK

 

Programme Committee

Steve Adolph, cPrime - Canada

Finn Olav Bjornson, NTNU - Norway

Torgeir Dingsøyr, Sintef - Norway

Jutta Eckstein, IT Communication - Germany

Peggy Gregory, UCLAN - UK

Tomas Gustavsson, Karlstad University - Sweden

Andy Haxby, Competa - Netherlands

Aymeric Hemon, Université de Nantes - France

Eric Knauss, Gothenburg University - Sweden

Maarit Laanti, Nitor - Finland

Carl Marnewick, University of Johannesburg - South Africa

Nils Brede Moe, Sintef - Norway

Helena Holmstrom, Olsson Malmö University - Sweden

Maria Paasivaara, Aalto University - Finland

Alexander Poth, Volkswagen - Germany

Ken Power, Cisco -  Ireland

Klaas-Jan Stol, Lero - Ireland

Call for papers, A-teams’19 (The Second International Workshop on Autonomous Agile Teams)

To succeed in complex environments like large-scale and heterogeneous teams handling innovation development and support, organizations have to find ways to support and regulate teams' autonomy according to the environmental demands and limitations. However, autonomous teams cannot be created simply by tearing down organizational hierarchies, or by instituting one-person-one-vote decision-making processes. Challenges implementing autonomous teams are communication problems, social loafing and group thinking. Further, the agile team is becoming more diverse with the introduction of DevOps and BizDevOps. While heterogenous agile teams create solutions with the highest value, the lowest value is also produced by such teams. Additionally, in large-scale there is a conflict between the need for alignment and team autonomy. 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. We seek to facilitate knowledge sharing about the current practice of autonomous software teams in agile development and also deepen the knowledge of principles of how these teams can succeed. 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.

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 invite researchers and practitioners to this second international 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, based on “Autonomous agile teams: challenges and future directions for research” (available at https://arxiv.org/abs/1810.02765) are:


Leadership:

  • How to design, support, and coach autonomous teams?
  • How do organizations build a capacity for shared leadership for autonomous teams in a multi-team setting?
  • How can businesses (customers) and the team create a shared understanding of the business objectives, create a common “purpose”?


Coordination:

  • How to coordinate dependencies among autonomous agile teams?
  • How to create a common awareness and understanding of the current state of the team and its tasks?
  • What are the effective intra- and inter-team coordination mechanisms for autonomous agile teams?
  • How can dependencies between teams be reduced and managed?
  • How can system architecture best support coordination of autonomous teams?


Organizational context:

  • How to balance the need for alignment and team autonomy in complex organizations and multi-team environments?
  • What is the right degree of autonomy in different contexts (and how to measure it)?
  • How to enable organizations to adapt to autonomous teams?
  • How to change the mindset of the wider organization to adopt agile autonomous teams?


Design of autonomous agile teams:

  • What are the effective team structures for autonomous agile teams?
  • What is the right team size for autonomous cross-functional teams?
  • How should agile practices be adjusted to promote effectiveness in cross-functional teams?


Team processes:

  • How to reduce stress in agile, highly motivated autonomous teams?
  • How to resolve conflicts between roles and teams and between teams and managers?
  • How to handle cultural differences and diversity in large-scale agile settings (e.g., age, gender, experience, culture, and field of expertise (biz vs dev))?
  • What communication practices are best and when?
  • How can communication tools such as Slack improve collaboration and coordination?

 

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 (Springer).

 

Important dates

March 10, 2019: Submission deadline

April 10, 2018: Notification of acceptance/rejection

May 25, 2019: Workshop during XP2019, Montreal, Canada.

 

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: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ateams19

 

Workshop organizers:

Nils Brede Moe, SINTEF,

Viktoria Stray, University of Oslo,

 

Program committee:

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

Jutta Eckstein, IT communication

Maria Paasivaara, IT-University of Copenhagen

Parastoo Mohagheghi, Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration

Marius Mikalsen, SINTEF

Rini Van Solingen, Delft University of Technology

Thomas Gustavsson, Karlstad Universitet, Karlstads Business School

 

Any questions may be directed to the workshop chair Nils Brede Moe nilsm@sintef.no or  Viktoria Stray, stray@ifi.uio.no.

Call for contributions: First International Workshop on Agile Transformation

Many organisations are adopting agile approaches, not only in their IT department, but increasingly across the whole organisation. The process of introducing agile practices in organisations is called an "agile transformation". In a review article published in 2016, Dikert et al. identify a number of challenges in agile transformations, such as resistance to change, lack of investment (training, coaching, lack of physical rearrangement to suit new ways of work), agile being "difficult to implement", challenges with coordination across teams, and that different approaches emerge in multi-team environments. The review focuses on software development organisations although many of the challenges identified are not necessarily specific to software development. As organisations increasingly engage in agile transformation processes, advice today is dominated by consultants and from experience reports. Researchers have suggested to understand agile transformation processes through sociotechnical theory, change management theory and we believe that there are a number of other fields to learn from to understand and improve the outcome of agile transformation processes.

We would like to challenge the scientific community to identify what should be of prime interest for researchers in this area, as there are growing opportunities to study agile transformation as companies increasingly adopt new large-scale agile frameworks. Organisations are learning from agile practice to embrace agility in their ways of working; agile practitioners can also benefit from the wider context of organisations undergoing agile transformations, to understand the wider implications of large-scale transformations and how to sustain them. We will create a workshop to provide an interactive arena for knowledge sharing and exchange of experiences between academics and practitioners.

We seek submissions in the form of lightning talks at the workshop. Examples of areas of interest are: Experience reports on the transformation process, how to sustain agile transformations, and theoretical lenses to understand and frameworks to improve the outcome of agile transformations.

We welcome suggestions for short talks for the workshop by 10 March 2019.

 

Important dates

March 10, 2019: Submission deadline

April 10, 2018: Notification of acceptance/rejection

May 25, 2019: Workshop during XP2019, Montreal, Canada.

 

Workshop organizers:

  • Leonor Barroca, Open University, United Kingdom
  • Torgeir Dingsøyr, SINTEF Digital, Norway
  • Marius Mikalsen, SINTEF Digital, Norway

 

Program committee (to be confirmed):

Raid AlQaisi, University of Central Lancashire - United Kingdom

Finn Olav Bjørnson, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Peggy Gregory, University of Central Lancashire - United Kingdom

Tomas Gustavsson, Karlstad University - Sweden

Parastoo Mohaghegi, Norwegian Welfare Administration

Marius Mikalsen, SINTEF Digital

Teemu Karvonen, University of Oulu - Finland

Casper Lassenius, Alto University, Finland / Simula Research Laboratory - Norway

Helen Sharp, Open University - United Kingdom

Katie Taylor, Agile Business Consortium - United Kingdom