Track on Lean and Agile Software Development

at the 38th ACM/SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing

March 27 - April 2, 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 dramatic 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 Thereby, traditional methods were superseded by lightweight methods based on iterative and incremental software development, frequent feedback from the customer, and an agile mindset.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 15, 2022
  • Reviews due date
    November 10, 2022
  • Author notification
    November 19, 2022
  • Camera-ready copies of accepted papers/SRC
    December 6, 2022
  • Author registration due date
    December 6, 2022

Accepted Papers


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
  • Essebaa, Imane

    Morocco, Hassan II University of Casablanca
  • 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
  • Ghofrani, Javad

    Germany, University of Lübeck
  • 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
  • Heil, Sebastian

    Germany, Chemnitz University of Technology
  • Heng, Samedi

    Belgium, Smals & Université catholique de Louvain
  • Hohenstein, Uwe

    Germany, Siemens AG
  • Inayat, Irum

    Pakistan, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences
  • 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
  • Karpus, Aleksandra

    Poland, Gdańsk University of Technology
  • 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
  • Łukasiewicz, Katarzyna

    Poland, Gdańsk University of Technology
  • 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
  • Mazzara, Manuel

    Russia, Innopolis University
  • Mesquida Calafat, Antoni-Lluís

    Spain, University of the Balearic Islands
  • Miler, Jakub

    Poland, Gdańsk University of Technology
  • 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
  • Naidoo, Rennie

    South Africa, The University of Pretoria
  • Neumann, Michael

    Germany, Hochschule Hannover
  • Noyer, Arne

    Germany, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences
  • Özcan-Top, Özden

    Turkey, Middle East Technical University
  • Özkan, Necmettin

    Turkey, Kuveyt Türk Participation Bank
  • Panda, Subhrakanta

    India, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
  • Pedrycz, Witold

    Canada, Poland, University of Alberta & Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Pereira, Rui Humberto R.

    Portugal, Instituto Politécnico do Porto - ISCAP
  • Petrillo, Fábio

    Canada, University of Quebec at Chicoutimi
  • Plösch, Reinhold

    Austria, Johannes Kepler University
  • Poniszewska-Maranda, Aneta

    Poland, Lodz University of Technology
  • Poth, Alexander

    Germany, Volkswagen AG
  • Przybyłek, Michał

    Poland, Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology
  • Ramírez Mora, Sandra

    Mexico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • 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
  • 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
  • Suri, Bharti

    India, GGS Indraprastha University
  • Szymański, Julian

    Poland, Gdańsk University of Technology
  • Tarhan, Ayca

    Turkey, Hacettepe University
  • 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
  • Yilmaz, Murat

    Turkey, Çankaya University
  • Zakari, Abubakar

    Nigeria, Kano University of Science and 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