XP 2023 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

XP2023 Call for Submissions - Research Workshop

Organisational debt and large-scale agile software 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.

Organisational debt and large-scale agile software development (OD)

Software projects’ success or failure is a combination of both technical and non-technical aspects. Both researchers and practitioners have paid a lot of attention to technical debt in comparison with other types of debt in software development organizations. Nevertheless, software development is a human-centered sociotechnical activity that has a symbiotic relationship with the environment and the way it operates as well as the interlinked people or stakeholders.

Organizations need to manage both technical and organizational issues in software development. Sometimes, these issues are inevitable and multidimensional due to business uncertainties or internal and external environmental factors. Several issues contribute to the accumulation of various types of debt and negatively affect software product life cycles. Therefore, it is important to understand these debts to minimize their detrimental effects. Research on organizational debt is largely unexplored, and therefore, both practitioners and researchers need to provide a contemporary perspective on different types of organizational debt and their mitigation strategies.

The goal of the workshop is to facilitate knowledge sharing about the current practice of organizational debt and deepen the knowledge about practices and strategies that helps to mitigate it. There will be an invited keynote, and short talks (lightning talks) followed by a highly interactive session using workshop techniques.

We invite submissions of unpublished high-quality research papers (full and short) related to debt in software, services, and systems development. We welcome submissions addressing topics across the full spectrum of Agile software development, broadly on Agile. This Workshop is an attempt to be a place where academics and practitioners can share their own points of view, with the common goal of building a shared agenda.

The many faces of debt in software, services, and systems development, including People debt, Process debt, Culture debt, Organizational debt, Sustainability debt, Social debt. The topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Measures, indicators, and assessment of various forms of debt including People, Process, Culture, Organizational, and Social debt.
  • The cause and effect of organizational debt vs technical debt
  • The influence of various types of debt on software professional morale
  • The role of social elements such as personal traits, self-efficacy, social identity, social ties, and inter- and intra-team interaction in debt accumulation
  • Strategies for dealing with the causes of process, social, and people debts
  • The influence of stakeholders on various types of debt and its management
  • Sustainability debt and organizational debt in software companies.


The XP 2022 main conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) as Open Access.

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


We invite submissions of unpublished high-quality research papers. The contributions can be in the form of full or short papers (full papers up to a maximum of 8 pages and short papers up to a maximum of 5 pages), which will be peer-reviewed by program committee members for acceptance or rejection. Extended and revised short papers can be included in the post-conference proceedings published by (Springer).

Peer groups with expertise in the workshop focus area will review submissions. The Program Committee will select full papers and extended abstracts for presentation at the workshop. Revised and selected contributions will be included in a separate volume of the XP 2023 conference proceedings published by Springer LNBIP. To this end, one of the authors attending XP 2023 must present the work at the workshop.

Submissions must conform to the LNBIP formatting and submission instructions (See the instructions for authors here). Please read the Code of Conduct for Authors.

Papers must be submitted electronically via EasyChair by the defined deadline.

Workshop chairs

Program Committee

  • Damian A. Tamburri, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.
  • Antonio Martini, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Hadi Ghanbari Aalto University, Finland.
  • Sebastian Herold, Karlstad University, Sweden
  • Iqra Sadaf Khan, Aalto University, Finland.
  • Mahmood Khan Niazi, KFUPM, KSA
  • Terese Besker RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden
  • Linda Parker Gates, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Viktoria Stray, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Nils Brede Moe, SINTEF, Norway
  • Marthe Nordengren Berntzen, University of Oslo, Norway