May 22-26, 2017
Cologne, Pullman Hotel
XP2017 will bring together people of all roles dealing with the creation of software. By carefully balancing technical and methodological topics, the conference will provide a space where people "doing it" and people "helping others do it", but also people "needing it" can share their experiences with Agile Software Development in order to uncover better ways of developing software.
For the XP2017 program this means that we are not only looking for what is tried and true, but also for sessions about new and thought-provoking ideas. With the conference attracting delegates from many countries, with varying levels of experience, and from many different occupations, we have the unique chance to collectively advance our craft.
Now it’s your choice to be part of it … by contributing to the longest running agile conference in the world!
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We invite original, unpublished high-quality research papers (full papers as well as short papers) related to agile and lean software development and organization. Submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the international program committee, but we reserve the right to desk reject submissions after a first screening on rigor and relevance.
The topics of interest to the conference include, but are not restricted to, the following:
The XP 2017 conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP). The paper length of at most 15 pages (full papers) and 7 pages (short papers) will be strictly enforced. Papers need to be submitted in the LNBIP format through EasyChair.
Prof. Dr. Hubert Baumeister, Technical University of Denmark (DNK)
Prof. Dr. Horst Lichter, RWTH Aachen University (DEU)
Prof. Dr. Matthias Riebisch, Universität Hamburg (DEU)
We are calling for scientific workshop proposals on all Agile topics, with a special glimpse on innovative fields. Workshops may last half-day or full-day and are expected to pay attention to novelties and potential advances of interest for the Agile community.
Workshops involve small groups of participants to discuss or present results on current topics in Agile software engineering research and practice and to exchange ideas, experiences, hints related to all Agile fields. They can either be presentation-oriented (i.e. concentrating on the presentation of accepted papers) or discussion-oriented (i.e. emphasizing discussions).
Proposals must be 1500-2000 words in length and should include:
Chair: Prof. Roberto Tonelli, University of Cagliari (ITA)
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 work on agile software development, empirical and methodological. Yet, there are still many open questions out there and agile software development has not stood still. Newer practices and approaches need to investigated scientifically. Yet, choosing the right research methods and strategies can be a difficult endeavour.
This doctoral symposium should be a help to PhD students who already or plan to conduct research in the wider area of agile software development. Experienced researchers from the board of advisors will review the research plans from PhD students and give them detailed feedback and guidance. The most promising research plans will be invited to be presented at the symposium where the students can get more direct feedback in the discussion. Furthermore, we will have an interactive session at the doctoral symposium with all present PhD students and advisors to work on their abilities to develop research plans.
Participants are doctoral students, preferably at a mid-point in their dissertation work (i.e. are at least 12 months from defending their dissertation, but have at least a preliminary research design), who will present their work at the symposium and receive feedback from a dedicated mentor from the board of advisors, the other symposium advisors and other attendees.
Those wishing to be participants are asked to submit a paper (up to 6 pages following the LNBIP template) on their research plan including:
Participants in the symposium are required to:
All papers must be submitted through the submission system in PDF format. Papers are limited to 6 pages, must be written in English and be formatted according to the LNBIP templates. Papers not following the formatting guidelines will be rejected without review.
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 speaking during the presentation and discussion of their student's work.
Stefan Wagner, University of Stuttgart (chair)
Daniel Méndéz Fernandéz, TU Munich
Darja Smite, Blekinge Institute of Technology
Laurie Williams, NC State
Davide Taibi, Free University of Bolzano/Bozen
You didn’t submit your poster in the first phase? This second call is for you.
We invite poster submissions to XP 2017, the 18th International Conference on Agile Software Development. We mainly encourage poster proposals on new research ideas, research that is in an early state, or industrial experiences. The main goal of the poster session is to trigger discussions and collaborations with the participants of XP 2017, to get feedback, to disseminate, or validate work in different states.
In XP2017, all accepted posters will be exhibited during the whole conference and presented during the conference poster session. Accepted posters and the related abstracts will be published on the conference web pages. Authors of the accepted posters will also have the opportunity to give a lightning talk on the topic of their poster. Details of the lightning talks will be posted later on.
The submission must contain an extended abstract (up to 4 pages LNBIP) describing the contents of the poster AND a draft of the poster. The draft should give a general idea of the poster’s structure and contents, but does not need to contain finalised graphics or text. The draft poster must be in the PDF format. If the poster is related to a presentation or demonstration given in XP2017 or a co-located event, please state this in the abstract.
The maximum size of the posters is a vertical A1. Each accepted poster has one side of a poster stand reserved for it. Smaller posters can be presented if necessary, but we recommend the size minimum of a vertical A2.
Posters need to be submitted in the LNBIP format by email.
All submissions will be reviewed by the posters committee.
Ademar Aguiar, University of Porto, Portugal (chair)
Hubert Baumeister, Technical University of Denmark
Stefan Wagner, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, Wirfs-Brock Associates, USA
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Authors of accepted posters will benefit from the 40% academic discount.
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The submission deadline for Industry & Practice proposals was January 22, 2017.
Proposals are welcome that build on our theme of "Uncovering better ways of developing software". Both technical and non-technical sessions are welcome. The sessions should be oriented toward industry practitioners and welcoming to interested academics.
Proposals can be either of the following types:
Proposals will be evaluated based on these criteria
Additional audiences may be identified by roles (e.g., manager, coach, developer, tester, etc.) or interests (e.g., team development, test automation, programming practices, enterprise adoption, etc.). The audience you target and how you organize your industrial session is completely up to you, but should be made clear.
Chair: Nancy Van Schooenderwoert, Lean-Agile Partners, Inc.
Building on our theme of "Uncovering Better Ways of Developing Software", we seek proposals for session topics that explore the ways individuals and teams interact effectively, in person and remotely, within the team and with external parties.
Proposal topics could include: peer-to-peer collaboration practices, coaching practices, management practices, meeting practices, effective communication practices like feedback or conflict, games to promote team work and healthy interaction, and other similar areas. In this track, we also expect to see topics that examine the role of helpful work processes and choosing minimal, yet sufficient, use of tools.
The sessions will be oriented toward industry practitioners and welcoming to interested academics.
Proposals will be evaluated based on these criteria:
Across the track sessions, we will attempt to strike a balance between introducing new ideas for experienced practitioners and solid foundational topics for those newer to Agile. Please feel free to propose topics that are new as well as those that are more familiar to the reviewers.
Chair: Diana Larsen, FutureWorks Consulting, LLC.
For the "Working software" track we are looking for sessions that can educate attendees about how to create software that is valuable, verifiable, adaptable.
This is the most technical track of the conference, and we are primarily interested in sessions that describe technical practices. While we still believe TDD and Continuous Integration are crucial practices for working software, we’re looking for novel techniques that have been tried, but might still be unfamiliar to a larger audience.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Chair: Aslak Hellesøy, Cucumber Ltd.
Since their inception, agile and lean approaches have emphasised the need to focus on customer value, and take a customer perspective in the work that we do.
The Customer Collaboration track is interested in the following questions:
Take these as examples. Feel free to propose sessions that address other questions that you think our participants would benefit from.
For the Customer Collaboration track we are looking for sessions that showcase examples of effective collaboration between customers and teams. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Chair: Ken Power, Cisco Systems Inc.
Changes can be small or huge, even disruptive. They may have a small or a big impact on our team structure, existing processes, established business models or current organizational structures. In all situations where software is explicitly or implicitly involved we need to be prepared for change.
In this situation it is key that all our decisions, processes and actions fully acknowledge that change is inevitable and likely imminent.
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We appreciate proposals that establish best-practices in our community but even more aim for concepts that motivate indeep discussions and new insights uncovering new methodologies for handling change.
Chair: Dr. Jan Coupette, codecentric AG
The Experience Report Track provides the opportunity for you to share observations, hard fought wisdom, and practical advice through a paper and accompanying talk at the conference. An experience report is a firsthand description of challenges faced, approaches taken, observations and reflections. We invite you to submit an abstract and a proposal (up to 2 pages) that describes in more detail your original, unpublished experience related to agile and lean software development and what you intend to focus on in your paper. If your proposal is accepted, you will then be shepherded as you write your report. Experience reports are short papers (maximum 8 pages) that will be published on the conference website in ACM full-page format (authors will be provided a file template). Authors retain the copyright to their work.
The submission deadline for Experience Reports was January 22, 2017.
These questions might help you decide how to focus your experience report:
We know it’s not easy to get an idea on to paper. Whether you’re a first-time author or you already have some publications under your belt, we can all benefit from some guidance and help. ‘Shepherding’ is a process where more experienced authors guide and coach you through writing your experience report paper. If your proposal is accepted you will be assigned a shepherd to work with you to help you shape your paper and get it ready for publication.
Shepherds work closely with authors, reviewing drafts and freely giving advice. Shepherds ask clarifying questions and suggest improvements. But ultimately, it is you, the author, who decides what to tell and how to tell it. A shepherd is not an editor, although they may generously make detailed comments on how to revise your paper. Once the shepherd and the program committee agree that your report is acceptable, you will have time to make final revisions before the paper is published.
Those who submit early (before the December 11 deadline) and who provide us with timely answers to our questions are likely to receive the greatest level of assistance and increase their chance for getting accepted. While we would like to comment on every submission and offer advice so that potential authors can improve their proposals, time is short. Those who submit proposals well before the deadline are more likely to receive feedback than those who wait until the last minute.
Consider these areas if you are looking for ideas to focus your experience report. Topics of particular interest to the conference include, but are not limited to the following:
Proposals should be submitted through the conference submission site. You do not need to upload a full paper as part of your initial submission but you are encouraged to write an extensive abstract and submit a detailed two page proposal sharing highlights of your experience and what you intend to focus on.
Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, Wirfs-Brock Associates, US
Avraham Poupko, Cisco, IL
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Experience Report program chairs.