Call for Research Papers

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

  • Abstracts due: Jan 29, 2020
  • Submission deadline: Feb 5, 2020
  • Notification to authors: Mar 13, 2020
  • Camera-ready due: April 14, 2020

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

XP, the International Conference on Agile Software Development, is the premier Agile software development conference. It provides 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.

XP2020 marks the 21st edition of the “First Agile Conference”. 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.

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, XP2020 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 2020 conference will be held at the IT University of Copenhagen located in the Center of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, a short distance from the Copenhagen airport (10 min by car, 25 min by public transportation).

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We invite submissions of unpublished high-quality research papers (full and short) related to Agile and Lean software development.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, and on issues of concern to researchers or practitioners (or both).

The authors of the best full research papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work to a special section on XP2020 in Information and Software Technology (IST) for evaluation.

The topics of interest to this year’s conference include, but are not restricted to, the following, in Agile and Lean contexts:

  • Beyond software
  • Business and startups
  • Business and enterprise Agility
  • Education and training
  • Emerging topics and future directions
  • Empirical studies and evaluations
  • Foundations and conceptual studies
  • Games and game-based techniques
  • Global software development and offshoring
  • Healthcare
  • Large projects and organizations
  • Leadership and coaching
  • Requirements gathering, engineering
  • Testing, release management, and deployment
  • Qualitative/quantitative improvement techniques
  • Measurement and metrics for projects, processes, software, and teams
  • Sustainability, evolution, and revolution
  • Tools and techniques for Agile and Lean development

Submissions based on empirical studies conducted in industry-academia collaboration are encouraged.


The XP 2020 conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) and will be open access.

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


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

The paper length should not exceed 15 pages (full papers) and 8 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 quantity.
  • By submitting to the XP Research Papers Track, authors acknowledge that they are aware of and agree that papers submitted to XP 2020 must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere while under consideration for XP 2020.
  • Papers must be submitted electronically via EasyChair by the defined deadline.

Program Committee



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


Members of the program committee:

Noura Abbas Colorado Technical University
Ademar Aguiar University of Porto
Scott Ambler SA+A
Craig Anslow Victoria University of Wellington
Hubert Baumeister Technical University of Denmark
Marthe Berntzen University of Oslo
Jan Bosch Chalmers University of Technology
Frank Buschmann Siemens AG
Fabio Calefato University of Bari
Daniela S. Cruzes SINTEF
Torgeir Dingsøyr Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Yael Dubinsky StepAhead
Jutta Eckstein IT Communication
Neil Ernst University of Victoria
Steven Fraser Innoxec
Juan Garbajosa Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Eduardo Guerra National Institute of Space Research
Orit Hazzan Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Helena Holmström Olsson University of Malmö
Philippe Kruchten The University of British Columbia
Casper Lassenius Aalto University
Ville Leppänen University of Turku, Department of Future Technologies
Lech Madeyski Wroclaw University of Science and Technology
Michele Marchesi Cagliari University
Sabrina Marczak PUCRS, Brazi
Tommi Mikkonen University of Helsinki
Alok Mishra Atilim University
Nils Brede Moe SINTEF
Juergen Muench Reutlingen University
Ipek Ozkaya Carnegie Mellon University
Ken Power Cisco Systems
Pilar Rodríguez University of Oulu
Darja Smite Blekinge Institute of Technology
Simone V. Spiegler University of Stuttgart
Stefan Wagner University of Stuttgart
Xiaofeng Wang Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Hironori Washizaki Waseda University