XP 2021 Workshop on Agile Transformation Submissions

June 14-18, 2021


3rd International Workshop on Agile Transformation

Important Dates

Submissions: due April 23, 2021 April 30, 2021

Notification to authors: due May 21, 2021

Workshop date: June 14-18, 2021 (day to be confirmed)

Camera-ready versions: (post-conference date to be defined)

All dates are defined as the end of the day anywhere on earth (AoE).


Agile transformations are carried out in organisations to improve organisational agility in projects, business units, and across the whole organisation. Organisations are undergoing agile transformations due to the influence and success of agile software development methods in IT contexts, and due to the influence of business and management leaders who want their organisations to achieve whole-organisation agility. Currently, knowledge of agile transformation is scattered across software engineering, information systems, and management research. The aim of the workshop is to achieve knowledge transfer about agile transformations between practitioners and researchers, and between the domains of agile IT and business agility. A second aim is also to develop a research agenda for agile transformation informed jointly by practitioners and researchers.

The community interested in this workshop will be practitioners who are involved in small and large-scale agile transformations (pre, during, and post transformation), and who want to gain knowledge about transformation or contribute their experiential knowledge to the community. The community will be researchers who are exploring agile transformation to develop guidelines for practice and theoretical contributions to knowledge.

ATRANS 2021 aims to transfer interdisciplinary ideas between practice and academia about agile transformation, to identify novel areas for research, to extend and deepen the existing research, and to generate ideas for practice-based theory to guide future research and practice. The workshop will engage with practitioner experience and academic research to support cross-fertilisation of ideas. The outcome will be a meaningful research agenda for 2021 and beyond.

The workshop will be a half-day with paper presentations, interactive group discussion to generate cross fertilisation of ideas to generate a future research agenda, and a panel discussion with researchers and practitioners on current topics in agile transformation.

ATRANS 2021 welcomes cross-disciplinary academic research and industry experience papers.

The topics of interest to ATRANS 2021 include, but are not restricted to:

  • Organisational agility
  • Factors that enable or inhibit agile transformations
  • Agile transformation under global pandemic conditions
  • Human factors in agile transformations
  • Organisational culture in agile transformations
  • Leadership in agile transformation
  • Sustaining agile philosophy and practices during and beyond transformation
  • The rationale for initiating agile transformation
  • Defining and measuring success of agile transformation
  • Coordinating agile transformations
  • Novel tools and technologies in agile transformation


Submissions must conform to the LNBIP formatting and submission instructions. Authors should consult Springer’s author guidelines and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers.  There are two categories of papers:

  1. Experience from practice paper: max. 5 pages sharing experiences on agile transformation
  2. Research paper: max. 8 pages sharing research developments on agile transformation (included in conference proceedings)
View Structure of Experience Reports

Structure of experience reports for ATRANS 2021

Experience reports are peer-reviewed. Accepted reports are published in the proceedings and must meet the following criteria.

  • Follow the format guidelines for full research papers.
  • 4 pages max
  • On a new line following the title, a statement “Experience report”
  • An abstract – about 30-50 words
  • Introduction section
    1. A short lead in – two or three sentences to motivate the reader by explaining why they should read the paper. Include a statement of the problem that the paper might help to solve.
    2. Describe the topic of the paper. Support the description with appropriate references to key academic literature. Include appropriate grey literature (practitioner literature) where necessary. The number of references would need to be restricted.
  • Main content
    1. Describe the context, the case study, the framework, or artifact. Use different sections to highlight key issues and solutions.
    2. Present broad generalised lessons learned and recommendations for similar situations.
  • Conclusion
    1. Briefly summarise the paper.
    2. Provide actionable guidelines for practitioners about what they can do to resolve the problem. For example, if getting employee commitment is important to resolve an issue, say how to get the required level of commitment.
    3. Provide recommendations for research-based investigations into the topic.


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

Accepted research papers will be published in the post-conference proceedings, which will be archived by Springer (open access).

By submitting to the ATRANS Workshop, authors acknowledge that they are aware of and agree that papers submitted must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere while under consideration for the ATRANS 2021 Workshop. 


Diane Strode  diane.strode@whitireia.ac.nz

Leonor Barroca leonor.barroca@open.ac.uk

Marius Mikalsen marius.mikalsen@sintef.no

If you have any questions or comments, please contact a workshop organiser 

Programme Committee Members

  • Idun Backer, Storebrand, Norway
  • Julian Bass, University of Salford, UK
  • Torgeir Dingsøyr, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Andreas Drechsler, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
  • Tomas Gustavsson, Karlstad University, Sweden
  • Bettina Horlach, Hamburg University, Germany
  • Sunila Modi, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Nils Brede Moe, SINTEF, Norway
  • Helen Sharp, The Open University, UK
  • Viktoria Stray, SINTEF, Norway
  • Katie Taylor, Agile Business Consortium, UK