Special Issue "Training on Agile Methods and Deliver Software Engineering Training using Agile Approaches"

A special issue of Computers (ISSN 2073-431X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ilenia Fronza
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Computer Science, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
Interests: software engineering training and education; empirical software engineering; end-user software engineering
Dr. Xiaofeng Wang
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Computer Science, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Piazza Domenicani 3, 39100 Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
Interests: empirical software engineering, agile software development, software engineering training and education
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since the publication of agile manifesto in 2001 (https://agilemanifesto.org/), agile approaches have been adopted by an increasing number of companies world-wide, and have become the mainstream software development approaches employed in the software industry. However, companies are still confronted by various challenges to truly benefit from agile methods. These challenges include organizational culture at odds with agile values, resistance to change, lack of skills/experience with agile methods, insufficient training on agile methods, minimal collaboration and knowledge sharing. Proper training on agile methods is considered crucial to tackle these challenges. However, there is a lack of understanding on the needs from industry and effective ways of delivering such training.

Meantime, agile approaches have been increasingly used in software engineering education and training for achieving better learning outcomes. Indeed, agile approaches support formative assessment and help promote creativity, experimentation, and practical work. However, many concerns exist in this area, such as understanding what elements of agile approaches should be selected to deliver the training.

The proposed Special Issue targets at addressing the above-mentioned knowledge gaps and aspires to provide new insights on training on agile methods and deliver software engineering training using agile approaches. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Training on agile methods
    • how to effectively train on agile mindset, values, principles and
    • how to train people with little or no coding or software engineering background (a.k.a., citizen developers).
    • how to train on large-scale agile software
    • how to train on agile
    • how to train on emerging agile topics, e.g., design thinking, lean
  • Training on all software engineering topics using agile approaches
    • different agile practices tailored for SE
    • emerging innovative approaches of delivering SE training, e.g., bootcamp,
    • how to adapt various agile training approaches to suit various needs of different
  • Theoretical foundation that could underpin innovative approaches to SE
  • Technologies, tools, and strategies for innovative SE
  • Methods of evaluating, assessing, and measuring agile
  • Training on how to work in dislocated teams (soft skills, strategies, tools).
  • Knowledge transfer between university education and industry

Dr. Ilenia Fronza
Dr. Xiaofeng Wang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Computers is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Software Engineering
  • Agile mindset, values, principles and practices
  • Agile scaling and agile transformation
  • Innovative training approaches

Published Papers

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