Agile Sustainability

JUNE 8-12, 2020

Copenhagen, Denmark

Research Workshop on Agile Sustainability

XP 2020 — 21st International Conference on Agile Software Development

An Agile Alliance Event

 June 8-12, 2020 Copenhagen, Denmark


Important Dates

  • Abstract due: March 12, 2020
  • Submission deadline: March 17 , 2020
  • Notification to authors: April 17, 2020
  • Workshop date: June 12, 2020
  • Camera ready due: July 7, 2020

All dates are defined as end of day anywhere on earth.

1st Workshop on Agile Sustainability

For years sustainability has been a concern for many communities, including those who work in Agile software development. The definition of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has provided more concrete dimensions for sustainability since at the heart of the Agenda are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Organizations are currently redefining strategic objectives and processes so that all these can be better aligned with these 17 SDGs. Sustainability dimensions are defined using different concepts, e.g. Human, Environmental, and Economic.

It seems like the right time to study Agile and Sustainability in depth and from a new and more fresh perspective, seeking the mutual benefits of both Agile and Sustainability. It should not be forgotten that Agile was born on top of a set of values, principles, and practices and, in this respect, Agile is different to other development paradigms. The relationship and impact that the Agile paradigm and the Agile software development approach have 1) on the sustainability dimensions and 2) on the SDGs must be thoroughly considered. Issues such as resources (human, technical…) and energy consumption both from the process and product perspectives are relevant.

This workshop will have two parts: in the first part long paper and short/position papers will be presented. In the second part, taking as inputs the papers presented, participants inputs, the UN SDGs and the sustainability dimensions,  a shared agenda for Agile and Sustainability will be proposed.

This Workshop is designed as a place where academics and practitioners can share their own points of view, with the common goal of building the mentioned  shared agenda.


Topics of Interest

This workshop welcomes both researchers and practitioners. We invite submissions of unpublished high-quality research papers (full, max 7 pages and short, max 4 pages) and position papers (max 4 pages) related to Agile and Lean Sustainability on issues of concern to researchers or practitioners, or both.

The topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • The many faces of Sustainability in Agile
  • Agile in the UN SDG context
  • Energy efficiency of Agile methodologies
  • Green Agile design
  • Green Agile development
  • Measures, indicators, and assessment of Green in Agile
  • Social Sustainability in Agile
  • Economic Sustainability in Agile
  • Agile and non-Agile from the Sustainability perspective
  • Cynefin and Sustainability
  • Agile, software architecture, and sustainability
  • Agile, technical debt, and sustainability
  • Green and technical debt Agile architecting
  • The Sustainability of Agile 



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 the above mentioned page limits.

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 Workshop 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 March 17, 2020.

Accepted papers will appear in the XP 2020 post-conference proceedings to be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) and will be open access.


Coral Calero, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Spain (

Juan Garbajosa, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain (

Jennifer Pérez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain (

Agustin Yagüe, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain (

Program Committee:

Hong-Mei Chen, University of Hawaii

Hironori Washizaki, Waseda University

Jan Bosch, Chalmers University of Technology

Suzanne Miller, SEI/CMU

Hasan Yasar, Software Engineering Institute

Xiaofeng Wang, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Fabian Fagerholm, Aalto University

Rick Kazman, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie-Mellon University, and University of Hawaii, USA

Paris Avgeriou, University of Groningen

Patricia Lago, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Nasir Rashid, University of Malakand

Ruzanna Chitchyan, University of Bristol


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