Track: Agile Methods


The agile manifesto has been written in 2001. When talking about agile methodology, recent evidence has shown that in practice, industry practitioners select combinations of practices that suit their context well, resulting in hybrid development approaches. Furthermore, new approaches and practices emerged. A recent focus is the continuous testing, integration, and deployment of software, which does not only require a technological foundation (e.g. automation capabilities), but also organizational challenges emerge.

Given the variety of methods and their adoption to industrial contexts, the theme of this track is to look at hybrid development approaches and the tailoring of agile to different contexts by selecting and tailoring practices. This includes practices from the whole spectrum of agile development, also including lean approaches. We encourage also to submit papers that report industrial experiences in the form of experiments, case studies, surveys and interview studies.


The suggested topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Agile methods

  • agile versus traditional quality management

  • XP, Scrum, DevOps

  • hybrid development approaches

  • continuous integration and deployment

  • lean development approaches (e.g. Kanban, Value Stream Mapping, etc.)

  • human factors in agile development

  • other modern approaches to software development

Agile in context

  • agile in large-scale environments

  • agile in distributed environments

  • empirical evaluation of agile methods

  • agile for different types of systems (web, machine learning systems, embedded systems, etc.)

Agile and quality

  • quality metrics for agile project management

  • agile software quality assurance activities, e.g. test-driven development

  • approaches to improve User Experience (UX)

Tools and automation for agile

  • management tools for agile methods

  • automation of development (e.g. supporting enabling continuous integration, testing)


Chair: Kai Petersen, Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany and Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Program Committee:

  • Fabio Calefato, University of Bari, Italy

  • Vahid Garousi, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • Lechz Madeyski, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland

  • Jefferson Seide Molleri, Simula, Norway

  • Ken Power, Cisco Systems, Republic of Ireland

  • Ioannis Stamelos, Aristotle University , Greece

Kai Petersen received the Ph.D. degree in software engineering from the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden, in 2010. He is currently a Professor with the University of Applied Sciences Flensburg and Blekinge Institute of Technology. He has authored over 100 research works in international journals and conferences. His research focuses on software processes, software metrics, lean and agile software development, quality assurance, and software security in close collaboration with industry partners.