January 7-10, 2008
Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort
Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii





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Call for Papers

HICSS-41 offers a unique, highly interactive and professionally challenging environment that attendees find "very helpful -- lots of different perspectives and ideas as a result of discussion." HICSS sessions are comprised primarily of refereed paper presentations; the conference does not host vendor presentations. All papers are peer reviewed and accepted papers are published by the IEEE in the IEEE Digital Library.


Software Technology Track

Agile Software Development: Lean, Distributed, and Scalable (Jeff Sutherland and Hubert Smits)

Agile software development processes have been influenced by best practices in Japanese industry, particularly by lean product development principles implemented at companies like Honda and Toyota, and knowledge management strategies developed by Takeuchi and Nonaka, now at the Hitotsubashi Business School in Japan, and Peter Senge  at MIT. This Minitrack will focus on advancing the state of the art or presenting innovative ideas related to agile methods, individual practices and tools. Accepted papers will potentially enrich the body of knowledge and influence the framework of thought in the field by investigating Agile methods in a rigorous fashion.


We are open to research papers on multiple aspects of agile methods, particularly those that bring best practices in knowledge management and lean development to scalable, distributed, and outsourced Scrum, eXtreme Programming (XP), and other agile practices. Topics include:


     Research on existing or new methodologies and approaches: informal modeling techniques and practices, adapting/trimming existing methods, and new product/project planning techniques

     Research on existing or new techniques or practices: pairing, war-rooms, test-first design, paper-based prototyping, early acceptance test driven development, exploratory testing, refactoring, or others.

     Research on special topics or tools: configuration and resource management, testing, project steering, user involvement, design for agility, virtual teams or others.

     Research on integrating ideas from other fields, e.g. interaction design, requirements engineering, cognitive science, organizational psychology, usability testing, software security, into agile processes.

     Research studies of development teams using ethnographic or social research techniques.

     Research on agile software engineering economics.

     Quantitative and qualitative studies of agile methods, practices, and tools.

     Research on agile compliance and cost benefits within CMMI, ISO 9000, and FDA certified development projects.


Papers are particularly relevant when agile process implementations are shown to produce quantitative and qualitative benefits on distributed, outsourced, large, or standards compliant software development projects which have been previously been viewed (erroneously) as unsuited for agile development.


Jeff Sutherland, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer and Worldwide Scrum Consulting Practice Manager

PatientKeeper Inc.

275 Washington St., 2nd Floor

Newton MA 02458

Tel: (617) 987-0394

Email: jeff.sutherland@computer.org


Hubert Smits

Rally Software Development

3333 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80301

Email: Hubert.Smits@rallydev.com