Autonomous Agile Teams

JUNE 8-12, 2020

Copenhagen, Denmark

XP 2020 – CALL FOR PAPERS: Research Workshop –
Autonomous Agile Teams

XP 2020 — 21st International Conference on Agile Software Development

An Agile Alliance Event

 June 8-12, 2020 Copenhagen, Denmark


Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: May 1st, 2020
  • Notification to authors: June 3rd, 2020
  • Workshop date: to be confirmed
  • Camera ready due: to be confirmed

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

Call for papers, A-teams’20 (The Third International Workshop on Autonomous Agile Teams)

To succeed in complex environments like large-scale and Agile transformation, organizations have to find ways to support and regulate teams’ autonomy vis a vis 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. To become autonomous, teams need to learn how to learn. But putting developers, designers, sales, and business representatives together and telling them to do retrospectives does not necessarily mean they learn how to learn. Possible reasons are communication problems, different working practices and goals, social loafing, and group thinking.

Agile teams are growing more diverse with the introduction of DevOps and BizDevOps. There is also a conflict between the need for alignment and team autonomy in large-scale settings. Companies must also consider the degree of change and uncertainty and realize 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.

In order to attain better performance, productivity, innovation, and value creation — and thus increase competitiveness — new knowledge is needed regarding how companies should organize to achieve the right level of team autonomy and effectively utilize autonomous Agile teams.

The goal of this track is to facilitate knowledge sharing about the current practices of autonomous software teams in Agile development and deepen knowledge about the strategies that enable these teams to 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. There will be an invited keynote as well as short presentations of accepted papers followed by a highly interactive session using workshop techniques.

We invite researchers and practitioners to this exciting workshop to discuss how to succeed with teamwork in Agile projects.


Topics of Interest 

  • Aligning autonomous teams in large-scale Agile
  • Coaching for autonomy
  • Autonomy as a driver for innovation (e.g. continuous innovation)
  • Architecture for supporting autonomy (Conway’s law and inverse Conway’s maneuver)
  • Cross functional teams (e.g. BizDevOps)
  • Distributed and virtual teams
  • Organizational structure supporting autonomy
  • Large-scale frameworks and team autonomy
  • Skills and roles in autonomous teams
  • Knowledge sharing across and within teams (e.g. guilds and communities)
  • Feedback and measurement of autonomy
  • Communication and coordination in Agile teams

For possible research questions to engage in, see “Autonomous Agile teams: challenges and future directions for research” (XP 2018). For real world problems to engage in, see “Trends and updated research agenda for autonomous Agile teams: A summary of the second international workshop at XP 2019”.



We ask for contributions in the form of 4-6 page research papers, which will be peer-reviewed by program committee members for acceptance or rejection. Extended and revised papers will be included in the post-conference proceedings published by Springer as open access.

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

Papers must be submitted electronically via EasyChair by March 17, 2020.


Nils Brede Moe, SINTEF (

Viktoria Stray, University of Oslo (

Program Committee:

Parastoo Mohagheghi, NAV, Norway
Yngve Lindsjørn, University of Oslo, Norway
Abdallah Salameh, University of Salford, UK
Julian Bass, University of Salford, UK
Simone V. Spiegler, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Marius Mikalsen SINTEF, Norway
Tomas Gustavsson, Univesity of Karlstads, Sweden
Bjørnar Tessem, University of Bergen, Norway
Rini Van Solingen, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Darja Smite, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Antonio Martini, University of Oslo, Norway
Jutta Eckstein, IT communication, Germany