Track on Lean and Agile Software Development

at the 38th ACM/SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing

March 27 - March 31, 2023

Tallinn, Estonia


The international conference on Lean and Agile Software Development (LASD) was founded in 2017 as a part of the FedCSIS multiconference. The conference grew each year until 2020 when it noticed a substantial decline in the number of submissions. To remedy this issue, in 2021 and 2022, LASD was held as a standalone, free of charge conference. Recently, it has joined ACM SAC as a track.

The objective of LASD is to extend the state-of-the-art in lean and agile software development and spread best practices as well as stories of successful transitions and adaptations to changing work environment.

LASD has already become a prominent forum where practitioners, researchers, and academics meet to share and discuss their concerns, experience, and research findings. As for the past two editions, in total, authors of six best papers have been invited by the editor of either Computer Science and Information Systems (ComSIS, IF: 1.17) or Journal of Computer Languages (Cola, IF: 1.78) to publish an extended version of their papers. The conference is also famous for its conscientious PC members, who provide detailed, journal-quality reviews.


The evolution of software development methods is driven by the perennial quest on how to organize projects for better productivity. Plan-driven methods recommend spending much effort and resources to comprehensively capture all requirements and elaborate a big up-front design. Although they succeeded in projects where all properties of the software system could be specified in detail, they were unable to meet the dynamism, unpredictability and changing conditions that characterize today's competitive business environment. Thereby, traditional methods were superseded by lightweight methods based on iterative and incremental software development, frequent feedback from the customer, and an agile mindset. Agile methods have not only acknowledged that business requirements change, but also that customers are unable to definitively express their needs up front. Accordingly, agile teams start with a small set of core requirements to initiate the project and develop a working product. This working product becomes the basis for further discussions with the customer and new features are incrementally deliver on top of it. Later on, the software industry also started to adopt practices from lean manufacturing as a means of further waste elimination by removing all non-value-adding activities.

While agile and lean software development has already become mainstream in industry and a strong community has crystallized around the new way of thinking, making the transition to the new mindset is still challenging for many project managers. Besides, as the vast majority of software development projects are unique, agile methods often need to be tailored to accommodate specific situations. However, method tailoring is not trivial and poses serious challenges for practitioners. Indeed, one of the most distinctive features of Scrum is that its practices are not independent, but instead are very tightly coupled and synergistic.

Furthermore, Scrum, XP, and Kanban were originally designed for small, single teams and do not provide guidance on dealing with scaling issues, while the last decade has seen the spread of agile into large-scale and distributed projects. To help companies in large-scale transformations, several agile scaling frameworks including LeSS, S@S, Nexus and SAFe have been proposed. These off-the-shelf solutions incorporate predefined workflow patterns to deal with issues related to large number of teams, inter-team coordination, and lack of up-front architecture. Nevertheless, numerous challenges while adopting off-the-shelf frameworks have been reported, including mismatch between framework and organization, changes in management structure, changes in company's policies, and the impossibility of fully implementing the whole framework at once.

On top of that, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced co-located teams, who relied on face-to-face communication for work coordination, to transition into a remote work environment, which agile methods just ignore.

Topics of Interest

Agile teams in the post-COVID era
Lean and agile requirements engineering
Scaling agile methods
Distributed teams in Agile Software Development
Challenges of migrating to lean and agile methods
Balancing agility and discipline
Combining lean and agile
Lean and agile coaching
Collaborative games in Software Process Improvement
Lean and agility at the enterprise level
Challenges of agile project management
Agile gamification
Measurement and metrics for agile projects, agile processes, and agile teams
Innovation and creativity in agile teams
Agile development for safety systems
Tools for lean and Agile Software Development


Research papers and experience reports related to the above topics are solicited. Papers should be submitted in the PDF format using the ACM-SAC proceedings format via the START submission system. Full papers are limited to 8 pages with the option (at an extra charge) to add 2 more pages.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least three program committee members. To facilitate the double-blind reviewing, authors are kindly requested to provide the paper WITHOUT any reference to any of the authors, including the authors' personal details, the acknowledgments section of the paper and any other reference that may disclose the authors' identity.

Papers that receives positive reviews but are not accepted due to space limitation are invited for the poster session. The length of poster papers is 3 pages (included in the registration) + 1 page (at an extra charge).

Upon paper acceptance, prospective authors must provide a camera-ready version which takes into account the review comments. The conference proceedings will be published by ACM and also available online through the ACM Digital Library.

Paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the paper/poster in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present the paper. This is a requirement for the paper/poster to be included in the ACM digital library. No-show of registered papers and posters will result in excluding them from the ACM digital library.

Student Research Competition (SRC)

Students are invited to submit research abstracts (maximum of 4 pages in ACM camera-ready format) following the instructions published at the SAC 2023 website.

Authors of selected abstracts will have the opportunity to give poster and oral presentations of their work and compete for three top-winning places. The SRC committee will evaluate and select First, Second, and Third place winners. The winners will receive medals and cash awards. Winners will be announced during the conference banquet. Invited students receive SRC travel support (US$500) and are eligible to apply to the SIGAPP Student Travel Award Program (STAP) for additional travel support.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission
    October 31, 2022
  • Reviews due date
    November 30, 2022
  • Author notification
    December 12, 2022
  • Camera-ready copies of accepted papers/SRC
    December 30, 2022
  • Author registration due date
    December 30, 2022


March. 28
SRC Poster Exhibit (room: A046)
14:00 - 16:00Why and Where Software Developers are (Not) using Project Data in Agile Retrospectives (Leon Bein)
Wednesday, March. 29Full Paper Session (room: A224)
11:00 - 11:05Track opening (Adam Przybyłek)
11:05 - 11:20Towards a Recommender System-Based Process for Managing Risks in Scrum Projects (Ademar Sousa Neto, Felipe Ramos, Danyllo Albuquerque, Emanuel Dantas, Mirko Perkusich, Hyggo Almeida, Angelo Perkusich)
11:20 - 11:35Tailoring Hybrid Software Processes in a Medium-Size Software Company (Jacqueline Marín, Julio Ariel Hurtado, María Cecilia Bastarrica, Luis Silvestre)
11:35 - 11:50Challenges in Large-Scale Agile Software Development Projects (Hina Saeeda, Muhammad Ovais Ahmad, Tomas Gustavsson)
11:50 - 12:05An Exploratory Study about Non-functional Requirements Documentation Practices in Agile Teams (Shahraz Nasir, Eduardo Guerra, Luciana Zaina, Jorge Melegati)
12:05 - 12:20Which Challenges Do Exist with Agile Culture in Practice? (Thorben Kuchel, Michael Neumann, Philipp Diebold, Eva-Maria Schön)
Wednesday, March. 29Poster Exhibit (room: A046)
14:30 - 16:30
  • Agile GUI Testing by computing novel Mobile App Coverage Using Appium Tool (Sangharatna Godboley, Debasish Dalei, Ravichandra Sadam, Durga Prasad Mohapatr)
  • Differences in Performance, Scalability, and Cost of Using Microservice and Monolithic Architecture (Przemysław Jatkiewicz, Szymon Okrój)

Track Chairs

  • Przybyłek, Adam (Lead Chair)
    Poland, Gdańsk University of Technology, adam.przybylek@gmail.com

  • Ng, Yen Ying
    Poland, Nicolaus Copernicus University, nyysang@hotmail.com

Program Commitee

  • Ahmad, Muhammad Ovais
    Sweden, Karlstad University

  • Almeida, Fernando
    Portugal, University of Porto & INESC TEC

  • Alshayeb, Mohammad
    Saudi Arabia, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

  • Andrade, Wilkerson
    Brazil, Federal University of Campina Grande

  • Aziz Butt, Shariq
    Pakistan, University of Lahore

  • Bagnato, Alessandra
    France, SOFTEAM R&D Department

  • Barata, João
    Portugal, University of Coimbra

  • Behutiye, Woubshet
    Finland, University of Oulu

  • Bernhart, Mario
    Austria, Vienna University of Technology

  • Biesialska, Katarzyna
    Spain, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

  • Biró, Miklós
    Austria, Software Competence Center Hagenberg and Johannes Kepler University Linz

  • Borg, Markus
    Sweden, SICS Swedish ICT AB

  • Buchalcevova, Alena
    Czech Republic, Prague University of Economics and Business

  • Burden, Håkan
    Sweden, University of Gothenburg

  • Costal, Dolors
    Spain, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

  • Cruzes, Daniela
    Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

  • Datta, Soma
    USA, University of Houston-Clear Lake

  • Derezinska, Anna
    Poland, Warsaw University of Technology

  • Drechsler, Andreas
    New Zealand, Victoria University of Wellington

  • Dutta, Arpita
    Singapore, National University of Singapore

  • Escalona Cuaresma, Maria Jose
    Spain, Universidad de Sevilla

  • Ferreira de Souza, Érica
    Brazil, Federal University of Technology – Parana

  • Francillette, Yannick
    Canada, University of Quebec at Chicoutimi

  • García-Mireles, Gabriel Alberto
    Mexico, Universidad de Sonora

  • Gawin, Bartłomiej
    Poland, University of Gdańsk

  • Gilson, Fabian
    New Zealand, University of Canterbury

  • Goczyła, Krzysztof
    Poland, Gdańsk University of Technology

  • Godboley, Sangharatna
    India, NIT Rourkela

  • Gomes Rocha, Fábio
    Brazil, Universidade Tiradentes

  • Gonzalez Huerta, Javier
    Sweden, Blekinge Institute of Technology

  • Guillermo Horacio, Rodríguez
    Argentina, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires

  • Hanslo, Ridewaan
    South Africa, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

  • Heng, Samedi
    Belgium, Smals & Université catholique de Louvain

  • Hohenstein, Uwe
    Germany, Siemens AG

  • Janes, Andrea
    Italy, Free University of Bolzano

  • Jarzębowicz, Aleksander
    Poland, Gdańsk University of Technology

  • Kakarontzas, George
    Greece, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

  • Kaloyanova, Kalinka
    Bulgaria, Sofia University

  • Katić, Marija
    UK, University of London

  • Kopczyńska, Sylwia
    Poland, Poznań University of Technology

  • Kropp, Martin
    Switzerland, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

  • Luković, Ivan
    Serbia, University of Belgrade

  • Mahnič, Viljan
    Slovenia, University of Ljubljana

  • Mangalaraj, George
    USA, Western Illinois University

  • Marcinkowski, Bartosz
    Poland, University of Gdańsk

  • Matthies, Christoph
    Germany, Hasso Plattner Institute at the University of Potsdam

  • Maślankowski, Jacek
    Poland, University of Gdańsk

  • Mazzara, Manuel
    Russia, Innopolis University

  • Mesquida Calafat, Antoni-Lluís
    Spain, University of the Balearic Islands

  • Miller, Gloria
    Germany, Maxmetrics

  • Mira da Silva, Miguel
    Portugal, University of Lisbon

  • Mishra, Alok
    Norway, Turkey, Molde University College & Atilim University

  • Misra, Sanjay
    Norway, Ostfold University College, Halde

  • Mohapatra, Durga Prasad
    India, NIT Rourkela

  • Morales Trujillo, Miguel Ehecatl
    New Zealand, University of Canterbury

  • Morandini, Marcelo
    Brazil, University of São Paulo

  • Münch, Jürgen
    Germany, Reutlingen University

  • Muszyńska, Karolina
    Poland, University of Szczecin

  • Nawrocki, Jerzy
    Poland, Poznań University of Technology

  • Neumann, Michael
    Germany, Hochschule Hannover

  • Nguyen, Phuong Thanh
    Italy, University of L'Aquila

  • Noyer, Arne
    Germany, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences

  • Özcan-Top, Özden
    Turkey, Middle East Technical University

  • Özkan, Necmettin
    Turkey, Kuveyt Türk Participation Bank

  • Pedrycz, Witold
    Canada, Poland, University of Alberta & Polish Academy of Sciences

  • Pereira, Rui Humberto R.
    Portugal, Instituto Politécnico do Porto - ISCAP

  • Petrillo, Fábio
    Canada, École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS)

  • Plösch, Reinhold
    Austria, Johannes Kepler University

  • Polignano, Marco
    Italy, Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro

  • Poniszewska-Maranda, Aneta
    Poland, Lodz University of Technology

  • Poth, Alexander
    Germany, Volkswagen AG

  • Przybyłek, Michał
    Poland, Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology

  • Ramsin, Raman
    Iran, Sharif University of Technology

  • Riel, Andreas
    France, Grenoble Alpes University

  • Ristić, Sonja
    Serbia, University of Novi Sad

  • Rossi, Bruno
    Czech Republic, Masaryk University

  • Russo , Daniel
    Denmark, Aalborg University - Copenhagen

  • Rybola, Zdenek
    Czech Republic, FIT CTU in Prague

  • Salameh, Abdallah
    UK, University of Salford

  • Santos, Wylliams Barbosa
    Brazil, University of Pernambuco

  • Sánchez-Gordón, Mary
    Norway, Østfold University College

  • Schön, Eva-Maria
    Germany, University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer

  • Selviandro, Nungki
    Indonesia, Telkom University

  • Senapathi, Mali
    New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology

  • da Silva, Alberto Rodrigues
    Portugal, University of Lisbon

  • Soares, Pedro Filipe
    Portugal, Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS

  • Spichkova, Maria
    Australia, RMIT University

  • Stettina, Christoph Johann
    The Netherlands, Leiden University

  • Strode, Diane
    New Zealand, Whitireia Polytechnic

  • Szymański, Julian
    Poland, Gdańsk University of Technology

  • Tarhan, Ayca
    Turkey, Hacettepe University

  • Tariq, Muhammad Imran
    Pakistan, Superior University, Lahore

  • Taweel, Adel
    UK, University of Manchester

  • Theobald, Sven
    Germany, Fraunhofer IESE

  • Thomaschewski, Jörg
    Germany, University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer

  • Torrecilla Salinas, Carlos
    Spain, University of Seville

  • Tsilionis, Konstantinos
    Belgium, KU Leuven

  • Tuncel, Doruk
    Germany, Siemens AG

  • Werewka, Jan
    Poland, AGH University of Science and Technology

  • Winter, Dominique
    Germany, University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer

  • Wysocki, Włodzimierz
    Poland, West Pomeranian University of Technology

Industry Advisory Board

  • Jiménez-Hernández, Eréndira Miriam
    Mexico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

  • Looks, Hanna
    Spain, University of Seville / d.velop public sector GmbH

  • Markowski, Paweł
    Poland, CloudFerro

  • Shkroba, Illia
    Poland, Pivotal Poland

Past Conferences

Virtual Event 2022
Virtual Event 2021
Virtual Event 2020
Leipzig 2019
Poznan 2018
Prague 2017