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2nd International Workshop on Autonomous Agile Teams: Call for Research Papers

Viktoria Stray

XP2019, Montréal, Canada, May 25

To succeed in complex environments like large-scale and heterogeneous teams handling innovation development and support, organizations have to find ways to support and regulate teams’ autonomy according to the environmental demands and limitations. However, autonomous teams cannot be created simply by tearing down organizational hierarchies, or by instituting one-person-one-vote decision-making processes. Challenges implementing autonomous teams are communication problems, social loafing and group thinking. Further, the agile team is becoming more diverse with the introduction of DevOps and BizDevOps. While heterogenous agile teams create solutions with the highest value, the lowest value is also produced by such teams. Additionally, in large-scale there is a conflict between the need for alignment and team autonomy. Furthermore, they have to take into consideration the degree of change and uncertainty, and that there is no one-size-fits-all autonomy approach. The process of forming and implementing agile teams with high autonomy, as well as the effective functioning of such teams, are not yet adequately addressed and understood in the context of software development organizations.

Thus, there is a need for new knowledge on how organizations shall organize for the right level of team autonomy, and utilize autonomous agile teams, in order to attain better performance, productivity, innovation and value creation, and thus increase competitiveness. We seek to facilitate knowledge sharing about the current practice of autonomous software teams in agile development and also deepen the knowledge of principles of how these teams can succeed. We seek contributions in the form of position papers with experience reports, empirical studies, reviews of relevant literature, and papers arguing for research needs or describing planned research.

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

We invite researchers and practitioners to this second international workshop  to discuss how to succeed with teamwork in agile projects. One emerging question is “How can organizations give cross-functional agile teams the authority to set directions for new products so that organizations can deliver software more rapidly”?

For possible research questions to engage in, see “Autonomous agile teams: challenges and future directions for research” (available at https://arxiv.org/abs/1810.02765) .S

Submission deadline: March 25