Call for Doctoral Symposium 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

  • Doctoral Symposium paper submission deadline: TBD.
  • Notification: TBD
  • Symposium: TBD.
  • Session notes sent to participants: TBD.
  • Camera-ready due: TBD.

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

Goals of the Doctoral Symposium

Agile software development is a mainstream approach in software engineering. Therefore, software engineering research is and should be involved in understanding and improving Agile practices. We can now look back at an impressive amount of empirical and methodological work on Agile software development. Yet there are still many open research questions and Agile software development has not stood still. Newer practices and approaches need to be investigated scientifically, and novel research methods and study designs can shed new light on practices. We invite submissions addressing topics across the broad spectrum of Agile and lean software development, including business, process, human, and technical aspects.

This doctoral symposium brings together doctoral students who are already working on their research projects or who are planning to conduct research in the wider area of Agile software development. Experienced researchers from the board of advisors will review the submitted research plans and offer detailed feedback and guidance. The most promising research plans will be invited for presentation at the symposium where the students can get direct feedback and have an opportunity to deeper discussion. Moreover, we will have an interactive session at the doctoral symposium together with all participating doctoral students and advisors to work on their abilities to improve and further develop the research plans.


Participation in the symposium is being solicited at three levels: participants, apprentices, and observers.


Participants are doctoral students, preferably at a mid-point in their dissertation work (that is, are more than 12 months from defending their dissertation but have at least developed a preliminary research design). They will present their work at the symposium and receive feedback from a dedicated mentor, the other symposium advisors, and other attendees.

Those wishing to participate are asked to submit a paper (between 6 to 15 pages following the LNBIP template) on their research including:

  • Title and abstract
  • Introduction (motivation, rationale, background) to the research
  • Description of issues or points on which the author would like to get the most advice on
  • Relevant prior work (foundations, relevant research results, research gap this work tries to fill)
  • Research objectives, questions, and hypotheses (with rationale)
  • Research approach, study design, and arrangements
  • Data analysis methods and techniques
  • Validity threats and their control
  • Summary of the current status of the research and planned next steps

Participants in the symposium are required to:

  • Submit and present a research plan
  • Review and comment on up to two other research plans
  • Act as a scribe in one review session

All papers must be submitted through the submission system in PDF format. Papers (6 – 15 pages) must be written in English and be formatted according to the LNBIP template. Papers not following the formatting guidelines will be rejected without review. Improved versions of the accepted and presented doctoral symposium papers will be published in the post-conference proceedings by Springer.


Apprentices are also doctoral students but at an earlier stage in their studies. Apprentices will attend the symposium and are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters and will benefit from the feedback given to other students.


Observers are any other members of the Agile software engineering research community who would like to attend the symposium. NOTE: Any observer or symposium advisor who is serving as a dissertation advisor to one of the participants is kindly requested to not speak during the presentation and discussion of their student’s work.

Program Committee



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