Lean-Agile Frontiers

A Silicon Valley View

Date: October 28-29, 2019
Venue: San Jose State University, San Jose, CA


The Lean-Agile Frontiers forum aims to spearhead a serious discussion and collaboration between researchers & practitioners or academia & industry. Our mission is to expand the frontiers of knowledge across Lean, Agile, DevSecOps, Design /Service Thinking, Digital Transformation, Organization Design, Change Management, and Innovation. Our focus is how each of these disciplines and cultures reshape modern Enterprises.
The forum launches reality informed scientific inquiries for new ways of working while addressing emerging challenges in transforming to Lean-Agile Enterprises.

The Lean-Agile mindset inspired the development of many practices, frameworks, methods, and techniques for system and software development.
The purpose of research in this field is to critically analyze these frameworks and methods, validate them, redesign and improve them for new challenges and opportunities.
The purpose of practice is to inform about these challenges and opportunities based on experience and empirical data.

Growing concerns exist about the current Lean-Agile frameworks, that necessitate the need for profound dialogue and collaboration of researchers and practitioners. The regional and global Agile gatherings are dominantly consulting driven and focused on industry application.

Academic research combined with industry experience forums is a gap in solving for the organizational challenges for the Lean-Agile Enterprise and Ambidextrous Organization needed today.

The Lean-Agile community largely thinks that academia is falling behind the industry innovation and the research community thinks that the industry is driven by the Agile hype that rarely yields the desired results.

This forum aims to bring these two counterparts together to study Lean and Agile in the context of a holistic enterprise. To explore the extent an enterprise and its organization need to be redesigned for new ways of working. To discuss the crucial role of leadership in a successful Lean-Agile Enterprise Transformation.

Innovation is a major focus for academia and similarly for industry. Therefore, this forum’s objective is to address the converging and diverging point of views, align expectations, and produce outcomes to advance Lean-Agile.


Papers that go through standard submission, review, and acceptance process will be published as a book by Springer (currently under negotiation). The book will include only a selected collection of the papers with high relevance and quality.

Topics of Interest

Theme: Practices and Behaviors

  • Lean-Agile leadership and management
  • Lean-Agile metrics and maturity assessment
  • Agile frameworks and applicability
  • System thinking and ecosystem
  • Product Discovery and Innovation Practices
  • DevSecOps
  • Design Thinking, Service Design, Innovation
  • Teaching Lean-Agile Practices in academia

Theme: Organization and Structure

  • Lean-Agile enterprise and organization
  • Enterprise Engineering
  • Agile Transformation and Adoption Organizations
  • Holacracy and Self-Organization
  • Organization Models; Spotify
  • Innovation Organization Structures and Cultures

Theme: Meaningful Purpose

  • Agile transformation and implementation
  • Agile transformation challenges
  • Agile implementation anti-patterns
  • Lean-Agile journey and roadmap
  • Change management and leading change

Important Dates

Submission: TBD
Notification: TBD
Final Version: TBD


IEM Publications
After review, accepted papers are planned to be published as a book by Springer (tentative).

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker 1 from Academia, a prominent scholar
Keynote Speaker 2 from Practice, a prominent industry leader

Panel Members

Panel Member 1 from Academia
Panel Member 2 from Practice
Panel Member 3 from Academia
Panel Member 4 from Practice

International Program Committee

  • Joseph Barjis (Chair), PhD Adjunct Professor, Agile Coach, San Jose State University, USA
  • K Ramesh Babu, PhD, VP Product, Chief Agile Officer, Zymr, USA
  • Julie Bjorkman, PhD, Organization Development & Change Leader, USA
  • Yasser Dessouky, PhD Professor, Chair of Industrial & Systems Engineering Department, San Jose State University, USA
  • Gert-Jan de Vreede, PhD Professor, University of South Florida, USA
  • Gail Ferreira, PhD, Senior Manager & Enterprise Agile Transformation Lead, Deloitte, USA
  • Kelly Fidei, PhD, Agile Coach, Leadership Coach, Paylocity, USA
  • Gervais Johnson, National Agile Director, Matrix Resources, USA
  • Martin Molhanec, PhD, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Gautham Pallapa, PhD, VP, Systems Engineering & Agile Coach, West Corporation, USA
  • Petra Pavlíčková, PhD, Lean Agile Researcher, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Srini Ramaswamy, PhD, Software Technology Manager, ABB Inc., USA
  • Gautam Roy, PhD, Agile Coach, Tata Consultancy Services, USA
  • Sanjay Saxena, PhD, Senior Director at Capgemini, Scaled Agile Expert, Capgemini, India
  • Tom Sheives, PhD, Associate Professor, PMP, CSM, Harrisburg University, USA
  • Chiara Spaltro, PhD, Agile IT Manager, ClairIT, The Netherlands
  • Kevin Thompson, PhD, Agile Practice Lead, cPrime, USA
  • (more will join)