Agile 2014 Research Track

Agile methods are mainstream practice in much of industry, and their success may be assumed. However, much of the academic community and some large institutions remain somewhat skeptical. They need to be convinced using their own methods: experimentation, research, theories, and studies.

  • Are you an academic or currently in an academic program and researching agile methods?
  • Are you gathering data on your organization’s successes (or failures)?
  • Have you performed experiments as part of your team or organizational improvement activities?
  • Have you ever considered something radical but just didn’t have the wherewithal to deploy it?

If you can answer yes to any of the above, then the Agile 2014 Research Track is a great opportunity for you to share your results and/or meet a lot of folks who could help validate your ideas.

The Agile 2014 Research Track provides a primary forum to examine emerging issues and trends in agile and lean development through contemporary research into the emergence and effectiveness of agile and lean methods, process, techniques and tools. The track focuses on bringing the results of rigorous scientific research on agile software development to practitioners and researchers. We want to bridge the gap between
research and practice. The research topics include but are not limited to:

  • Agile and Lean Adoption and Transformation
  • Agile Leadership
  • Large-Scale and Distributed Agile Development
  • Agile Testing and Quality Assurance
  • Agile for Embedded Systems Development
  • Agile Systems Engineering
  • Agile Coaching and Mentoring
  • Agile Project Management
  • Managing Technical Debt
  • User Experience and Interaction Design
  • Collaboration and Co-development with Customer
  • Agile Development and Cloud Computing
  • Application of Lean Thinking
  • Lean Tools and Practices 
  • Lean Principles from other disciplines
  • Kanban-based Software Development
  • Lean startup
  • Management by experiment

We are particularly interested in the theoretical basis for agile and lean
philosophy and practices.

We seek two types of contributions for Agile 2014, and the Chair reserves the right to reassign papers:

Completed research papers: papers that report on original, finished research, with implications for both theory and practice. Motivation for research and discussion of the related work must be included, as well as a description of the research method applied. Papers are limited to 10 pages. Accepted papers will be presented in the Research Track and published in the IEEE Xplore Conference proceedings.

Research Lightning Talks: Short (1-4 page) papers on ideas not mature enough to be more than conversation starters. Subjects might include new research directions, observed synergies with other disciplines, controversial applications, or thoughtful positions based on experience or existing literature. These talks are limited to 8 minutes (4 for presentation, 4 for discussion). Accepted RLT papers will be published as short papers in the IEEE Xplore Conference proceedings.

Best paper award: The IEEE Software Agile 2014 Best Research Award will be chosen from the highest-quality regular research papers having significant potential to impact software practice.

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline: 24 February 2014
  • Author notification: 24 March 2014
  • Camera-ready version due: 7 April 2014

Submission: Submissions will undergo a rigorous peer-review process by a special review committee selected from academia, research, and industry. Accepted papers will be published in the electronic proceedings and indexed in IEEE Xplore.
Papers must follow the IEEE Proceedings format to be reviewed ( ). Author information must be removed from submissions. Submissions must be in PDF format.  Papers must be submitted electronically through EasyChair:

Upon notification of acceptance, all authors of accepted papers will be asked to complete a copyright form and will receive further instructions for preparing their camera-ready version. At least one author of each paper is expected to register and present the results at Agile 2014.


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