Lean Enterprise, Agile & Design Thinking (LEAD)

March-April 2018 (tentative)
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA


The LEAD forum aims to spearhead a serious discussion among researchers & practitioners and academia & industry to establish and expand boundaries of knowledge in Lean, Agile, and Design Thinking within enterprises that adapt them.
The forum launches scientific inquiries for new ways and addressing emerging challenges in engineering Lean and Agile Enterprises, where Design Thinking replaces the culture of planning meetings.

Lean and Agile are mindsets that encouraged development of new ways for system and software development, new frameworks, processes, and methods.
The purpose of research in this field is to critically analyze these frameworks and methods, validate them, redesign and improve them for new realities.
The purpose of practice is to inform about the experiences, challenges, and new opportunities while applying these frameworks and methods.

While there are growing concerns about the current Lean-Agile frameworks that necessitates profound dialogue and collaboration of researchers and practitioners, most of regional and global Agile gatherings (Scrum, SAFe, etc.) are focused only about the application of Lean-Agile.
Also, missing in this regard is research about the organizational changes that the Lean-Agile practice entails, and so are the cultural, technical, and environmental challenges.

Agile practice claims that academia is falling behind industry innovation in many areas.
Agile research claims that industry is driven by hype that not always yields desired results.

This forum aims to bring researchers and practitioners together, solicit research results about the latest developments in the filed, develop new frameworks and methods, and study Lean and Agile in the context of holistic enterprise.

Innovation and Invention are major focus areas for academia and industry, discussing the converging and diverging POV, expectations, and outcomes to advance Lean and Agile beyond what is today.

Topics of Interest

(not comprehensive list)

  • Agile and Lean combination
  • Agile frameworks and their applicability for current reality
  • Agile implementation 360
  • Agile transformation
  • Agile journey models, frameworks, roadmaps
  • Agile challenges
  • Agile's future
  • Agile anti-patterns
  • Agile and Organizational change
  • Agile Change Management
  • Agile and leadership support
  • Agile and offshore teams challenges
  • Product disciplines like Product Discovery
  • Scrum framework critical analysis
  • Kanban
  • Scaled Agile Frameworks (SAFe, LeSS, DAD...)
  • Lean, Agile, and DevOps
  • Lean Startup
  • Lean User Experience
  • Innovation with Lean Startup and Lean UX
  • Design Thinking, Design Sprints
  • XP and DevOps disciplines like CI/CD
  • Automated testing or TestOps, SecOps
  • Agile Implementation Roadmap
  • Agile Journey
  • Teaching Agile in academia

Important Dates

Submission: TBD
Notification: TBD
Final Version: TBD


IEM Publications
All submitted papers will be peer reviewed, accepted based on merit, presented by the authors, and is planned to be published as a book by Springer (tentative).

International Program Committee

(not complete)

  • 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

Keynote Speakers

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