Call for Research Workshop Proposals

MAY 21 - 25, 2019

Montréal, Canada

XP 2019 – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – RESEARCH WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

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.

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.

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

Evaluation

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 XP 2019 venue has a large capacity, therefore all proposals meeting the evaluation criteria above are very likely to be accepted.

Guidelines

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 its 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.

Important Dates

  • Submission of proposals up until: Nov 10, 2018 at 11:59 pm.
  • Notification: Dec 08, 2018.
  • Workshop call for contributions ready: Dec 15, 2018.
  • Workshop papers deadline: Mar 02, 2019.
  • Workshop program ready: Apr 27, 2019.

 

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

Program Committee

  • Rashina Hoda, chair, University of Auckland, New Zealand

 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the program chairs at xp2019@agilealliance.org.

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MORE INFORMATION

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