XP 2023 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

XP2023 Call for Submissions - Research Workshops

Fear-based Agile Transformations

10th International Workshop on Large-Scale Agile Development

XP 2023 — 24th International Conference on Agile Software Development

Amsterdam, The Netherlands  •  June 13-16, 2023

Important Dates

  • Workshop paper submissions: April 14th, 2023
  • Workshop paper notifications: May 5th, 2023
  • Workshops: June 13th, 2023
  • Camera-ready versions of accepted papers: to be decided

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

Fear-based Agile Transformations: 10th International Workshop on Large-Scale Agile Development

There are agile transformations no-one wants to make. Systems that are so large, so complex and so critical that you would really rather not undertake the project. These systems are already providing essential services, often to a large audience, hence these are typically brownfield (in contrast with greenfield) projects. Example application might include core banking transformations in financial services or stock control in large retail supermarket chains.

In this workshop, we will critically review principles for monster agile projects. We plan to develop, refine and subsequently publish, a short-list of principles guiding such projects

Beyond this main theme, the research workshop will explore selected research challenges involved in large-scale agile software development. Large-scale agile comprises issues, such as: inter-team coordination, knowledge sharing, continuous software development, and project models that facilitate several self-managing teams. There will be paper presentations but also plenty of opportunities for interaction and networking in keeping with the research workshop format.

As well as research submissions, we also invite Experience Report contributions from industry practitioners.

Workshop papers must be submitted electronically via EasyChair.

Workshop Format

In addition to invited keynote speakers and paper presentations there will be small group discussions in the form of World Café (or similar technique), focusing on the main topics presented in the talks. We plan to have plenty of time for discussion and networking. The workshop will connect people who have interests in research on large-scale agile development.

Keynote Speaker – Dave Snowden

Dave Snowden is an author, management consultant and researcher and is an authority on complexity. He founded the Cynefin framework, a decision making model that helps managers to identify how they perceive situations and make sense of their own and other people’s behaviour.


The XP 2021 research workshop 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, mostly based on soundness, significance, novelty, replicability, and presentation quality.


We are soliciting contributions addressing the main theme of “Fear-based agile transformations” but also the full range of issues around how organisations, teams and individuals handle large-scale agile working.

Aspiring speakers are invited to submit a short 6-page paper using the Springer Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) format. Submissions will be reviewed by members of the programme committee. Selected speakers will be invited to extend their papers for inclusion in post-conference proceedings.

Speakers will be invited to extend their papers, for inclusion in the post-conference proceedings which have previously been published in the Springer LNBIP series.

Program Committee


Programme Committee Members

  • Gloria Iyawa, University of Salford, UK
  • Eric Knauss, Gothenburg University, Sweden
  • John Noll, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Jan Pries-Heje, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Abdallah Salemeh, SEB AB, Sweden
  • Scarlet Rahy, University of Salford, UK
  • Elizabeth Bjarnason, Lund University, Sweden
  • Tomas Gustavsson, Karlstad University, Sweden
  • Helena Holmström Olsson, Malmö University, Sweden
  • Nils Brede Moe, SINTEF, Norway
  • Alexander Poth, Volkswagen, Germany
  • Darja Šmite, BTH, Sweden