Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Call for Papers: Agile and Lean Organizations, HICSS 2014

Now in its 47th year, the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) is one of the longest-standing continuously running scientific conferences. This conference brings together researchers in an aloha-friendly atmosphere conducive to free exchange of scientific ideas. The next conference will be held January 6 through 9, 2014 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island.
If you've been doing innovative work or research on agile methods, here's an opportunity to present and collaborate with like-minded agilists, in a tropical setting. Submit your paper to the HICSS 2014 Agile and Lean Organizations minitrack by June 15, 2013.
Agile development methods promote iterative product releases and drive risk-reduction earlier in product development. Characteristics include: cross-functional teams, automated testing, continuous builds and deployment, pair-programming, bias-avoiding estimation, process improvement and short feedback loops. Advocates claim agile development produces greater staff resiliency, better release forecasting, fewer product failures and more sustainable work pace.
Lean product management methods test hypotheses and rapidly adapt to discoveries. Characteristics include: set-based design, A-B testing, unmoderated user-experience testing, direct market experimentation, customer validation and pivoting. Advocates claim lean product management produces greater market satisfaction and customer engagement, earlier discovery of hidden market opportunities, higher revenues and more efficient use of development staff.
In this minitrack, we seek research papers and experience reports that describe how agile development and lean product management interact with organizations, their structures, cultures and products:
  • What evidence-based guidance can we provide to leaders to help motivate, create and sustain agile/lean organizations? How do agile development and lean product management interact with product groups, departments, companies?
  • How do organizations restructure to support these philosophies and when they do not restructure, what happens?
  • What cultural requirements and/or training are needed for companies to maintain agile behavior?
  • How do organizations structure coaching, training, mentoring, Scrum Mastering?
  • How do they identify metrics, measure improvement, and improve?
  • How do markets respond to rapid iterations and end-user experimentation?"
Submission guidelines are available here. If you are interested in reviewing articles for the Agile and Lean Organizations mini-track, please contact Dan Greening at
We're looking forward to seeing your submission, and seeing you at HICSS 2014 on the Big Island of Hawaii!

Mini-track chair Dan Greening is the Managing Partner of Senex Rex, a management and training firm. He helps international enterprises plan and manage sustainable agile transformations. He currently manages agile coaching at a large international software company. He previously led transformations at Citrix Online and He developed portfolio management and finance strategies for agile projects. In previous lives, he was Principal Investigator for 3 NSF SBIR grants, created three product startups, worked at IBM Research, and delivered newspapers in the rural Midwest.

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