XP 2020 Call for On-Site Research Submissions

JUNE 8-12, 2020

Copenhagen, Denmark


XP 2020 — 21st International Conference on Agile Software Development

An Agile Alliance Event

 June 8-12, 2020 Copenhagen, Denmark


Important Dates

  • Submissions deadline: February 20, 2020
  • Notifications: March 13, 2020
  • Conference (On-Site Research): June 8-12, 2020
  • Submission with preliminary results: June 28, 2020
  • Notifications: July 5, 2020
  • Camera ready: July 14, 2020

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

The annual XP conference is a premier event which regularly attracts a large number of software practitioners and researchers. There is a range of events at the conference in which participants learn new techniques or come together to discuss particular issues of interest. These events, together with the main conference, offer a rare opportunity to conduct empirical studies on-site and collect high-quality empirical data.

To take advantage of this opportunity, XP 2020 will offer the On-Site Empirical Studies in Agile Software Development track for the second time.

To participate in this track, researchers are invited to submit their research plans for conducting empirical studies during the conference. This will enable researchers to collect real-time data among event participants it their submissions are approved.

How On-Site Research Works

The accepted research plans will be implemented during XP 2020 events that best generate the data identified in the plans. At least one author from accepted plans must register, attend, and conduct their planned data collection.

Authors are expected to make explicit in their submission whether they opt for a specific session or for an ad-hoc meeting slot.

  • Specific sessions will be conducted during a previously-announced session dedicated to the on-site research track. These sessions will be intervened with the regular conference program, are limited to 90 minutes, and will be allocated to a reserved room at the conference venue. An example of a study suitable for such specific sessions is a (quasi-)controlled experiment with conference participants which needs to be conducted in isolation from the conference itself.
  • Ad-hoc meeting slots will, in contrast to dedicated sessions, be run during the entire conference program without a dedicated slot. Examples include online surveys which remain open during the whole conference days or data collection procedures planned during coffee breaks.

Research Plan Structure

Research plans should include the following information:

  • Motivation behind the research and how it is relevant to the Agile Software Development community or researchers and practitioners
  • The goal of the research envisioned by the study and a description of the  research methodology (and reference to guidelines followed in the research, where possible)
  • Planned type of session and how the authors plan to attract conference attendees to participate in the study
  • Research questions and their motivations
  • Data collection procedure including but not limited to:
    • Description of the study participants’ characteristics and minimum numbers
    • Description of planned data collection methods and why they were selected
    • Overall description of how the data collection will take place (including time plan for the session)
  • Data analysis methods planned to collect the data
  • Description of data handling including:
    • How the data will be stored and used and any other information necessary in light of how sensitive information will be treated to ensure compliance with data protection regulations
    • Open data set location (and DOI), license information, and a link to a replication package where possible

Plans may include collecting data from coding sessions that occur at XP 2020 events, for example, test code produced during a coding challenge could be analyzed to compare test code coverage/styles/errors/etc. to any qualitative study involving particularities dependent on developers’ demographics. Plans could thus also envision qualitative studies using, for instance, questionnaire-based interviews or focus groups; e.g. an interview investigating the extent to which practitioners find stand-up meetings to be effective.

If you have an idea for a study for which you might be struggling to collect data from practitioners, XP 2020 is your chance to collect data from a potentially large pool of practitioners and experts in Agile Software Development.

Research Plan Submission

Submissions should be made via the EasyChair in the form of a research plan (4 pages in LNBIP format) If necessary, authors can refer to further online material (such as a detailed study protocol).

Research plans will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. The significance, rigor, and originality of the proposed research will be assessed along with the suitability of the planned research to be conducted.

After the conference, it will be possible for authors to add preliminary results of their on-site research, i.e. information about the data collection procedures and first results for their paper. The camera-ready version of the paper should conform to LNBIP format with a maximum length of 8 pages. These final papers will be published in the post-conference proceedings after a second, short review round.

The authors of the best research plans will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers emerging from the data collected during XP 2020 to a special section in Information and Software Technology (IST).

Program Committee



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