4th Brazilian Workshop on Agile Methods (WBMA’2013)

The Brazilian Workshop on Agile Methods (WBMA) is an academic event focused on agile software development. In this fourth edition, we hope to repeat previous editions success, when we received several papers and had a large number of students, researchers and professionals participating. Last year, the Agile Brazil Conference (held together with WBMA) received more than 800 participants from large universities and IT companies of Brazil and abroad. This year, WBMA will be held in Brasília (capital of Brazil) on June 28th.

This year, we have some news in the program. First, we will accept submissions of short papers that describe research in progress. Second, we will provide shepherding to help authors to write papers. As the previous edition, we will be offering awards to recognize the best research paper presented.

Accepted papers:

  • Célio Santana, Liliane Alves Do Nascimento, Cristine Gusmão and Xiaofeng Wang. The Contribution of Brazilian Academia on Agile Research.
  • Daniel Radi Suruagy Monteiro and Jorge Luís Bublitz. Aplicação de AgileEVM em relatórios de acompanhamento de projetos
  • Eduardo Spies, Duncan D. Ruiz and Rafael Prikladnicki. Um Ambiente de Data Warehouse para Monitoramento e Acompanhamento de Métricas em Projetos Scrum
  • Francisco Sokol, Mauricio Aniche and Marco Gerosa. Does the Act of Refactoring Really Make Code Simpler? A Preliminary Study
  • Alan Braz, Cecilia Rubira and Marco Vieira. Método Ágil para Desenvolvimento de Software Confiável
  • Diego Souza, Rodrigo Toledo and Jonice Oliveira. Pesquisa Exploratória de Dependências entre Times no Cenário SandS
  • Vagner Lima, Adolfo Seca Neto and Maria Claudia F. Pereira Emer. Experiência bem-sucedida de adoção de Métodos Ágeis em uma Empresa Pública de Tecnologia da Informação e Comunicação: um relato preliminar


  • Adoption of Agile / Lean
  • Systems and Software Architecture and Development of Critical Systems
  • Human and Social Aspects in Agile Methods
  • Agile Project Management, Outsourcing and Governance in the agile context
  • Development in distributed and global agile teams
  • DevOps and Continuous Delivery
  • Teaching and coaching Agile and Lean
  • Scaling Agile to large corporations
  • Experimental studies with Agile / Lean
  • Tools and techniques on Agile / Lean
  • Conceptual Studies and theoretical foundations of Agile / Lean
  • Managing Technical Debt
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship Agile
  • Lean Startups
  • Agile / Lean in distributed environments and large teams
  • Agile in Government
  • Metrics, Measurements and Mining repositories in the context of agile
  • Patterns and anti-patterns applying Agile / Lean
  • User roles (co-participation)
  • Agile practices and future trends, evolution and revolution (technical or managerial)
  • Agile principles, Lean Manufacturing and other disciplines
  • Agile Testing & Quality: techniques, patterns and automated support
  • Organizational transformation and cultural aspects on agile businesses
  • User Experience (UX) environments on Agile / Lean

Important Dates

  • Shepherding Request Deadline - March, 10th 2013
  • **NEW** Submission Deadline –  May, 3rd 2013
  • Acceptance notification – May, 25th 2013
  • Camera-ready submission – June, 12th 2013
  • WBMA Event  - June, 28th 2013

Instructions for submission

  • Original papers may be submitted in Portuguese or English;
  • Papers should follow the SBC events formatting style with a limit of 12 pages for full papers and 5 pages for short papers, including figures and references. The paper must be submitted through the web-based submission system EasyChair.
  • The submission must be blind (without the authors’ names).
  • Papers must be clearly identified before the header if it is a full or short paper.
  • Papers submitted to the WBMA 2013 must not have been previously published elsewhere or be under review for publication in other vehicles. Authors are encouraged to explain the relationship between the submission and other works of authorship, including those still under review.
  • At least one author of accepted papers must register by the camera-ready deadline.

Best paper award

The program committee will choose one of the full papers to receive the award for best paper.

General/Program chairs

  • Claudia Melo (IME-USP/Thoughtworks, Brasil)
  • Viviane Santos (IME-USP, Brasil)

Publicity chair

  • Célio Santana (DCI-UFPE, Brasil)

Local organizing chair

  • Hilmer Nery (FGA-UnB, Brasil)
  • Paulo Meirelles (FGA-UnB/CCSL-USP, Brasil)

Program Committee

  • Alexandre Álvaro (UFSCar-Sorocaba, Brasil)
  • Alfredo Goldman (IME-USP, Brasil)
  • Antonio Terceiro (UFBA/Colivre, Brasil)
  • Bjørnar Tessem (UiB – Norway)
  • Carlos Denner (ADM-UnB, Brasil)
  • Celina Maki Takemura (Embrapa, Brasil)
  • Célio Santana (DCI-UFPE, Brasil)
  • Cherifa Mansoura (IBM, Canada)
  • Claudia Melo (IME-USP/Thoughtworks, Brasil) – chair
  • Cristine Martins G. de Gusmão (UFPE, Brasil)
  • Eduardo Guerra (INPE, Brasil)
  • Fabio Kon (IME-USP, Brasil)
  • Felipe Furtado (CESAR-EDU, Brasil)
  • Helen Sharp (Open University, UK)
  • Hilmer Nery (FGA-UnB, Brasil)
  • Jaana Nyfjord (Swedsoft/Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden)
  • José Carlos Maldonado (ICMC-USP, Brasil)
  • Jutta Eckstein (IT Communication, Germany)
  • Maarit Laanti (Nitor Delta, Finland)
  • Marcelo Pimenta (II-UFRGS, Brasil)
  • Marco Aurélio Gerosa (IME-USP, Brasil)
  • Maria Stela Cangin (UFMS, Brasil)
  • Maurício Aniche (IME-USP/Caelum, Brasil)
  • Paulo Meirelles (FGA-UnB/CCSL-USP, Brasil)
  • Pekka Abrahamsson (Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy)
  • Rafael Prikladnicki (PUC-RS, Brasil)
  • Rodrigo de Toledo (UFRJ, Brasil)
  • Siva Dorairaj (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
  • Teresa Maria de Medeiros Maciel (UFRPE, Brasil)
  • Theodore Hellmann (University of Calgary – Canada)
  • Tiago Silva da Silva (ICMC/USP, Brasil)
  • Túlio Souza de Alcântara (CMG, Canada)
  • Viviane Santos (IME-USP, Brasil) - chair
  • Xiaofeng Wang (Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy)

Shepherding procedures

Shepherding program in WBMA’2013 is an opportunity to authors in getting advice on the structure and content of their papers. Mentors are members of the program committee (they cannot evaluate their own articles). The goal of shepherding program is to provide high-level feedback on the papers. Mentors will be anonymous unless they choose to identify themselves.

The resources of the shepherding program are limited and access to a mentor is not guaranteed. Therefore, to make the best use of the program, shepherding requisitions must meet the following requirements:

  • To have a full paper ready by April, 25 2013, a mentor should be able to assess the work (Motivation, Objectives, Methods, Contributions and Expected Results). Papers submitted to the shepherding program must be at least 8 pages for full papers and 3 pages for short papers.

  • Mentors will offer suggestions on the structure and content of the work, but will not provide editorial services. Therefore, mentors can focus on revision work. Papers submitted to the orientation program must be written and checked carefully for missing words and obvious grammatical problems. Authors with limited experience in writing in English or Portuguese must first provide a review of the language before submit their papers to shepherding.

  • Articles that meet the above requirements will be forwarded to one available mentor. Applications will be considered in order of arrival (FIFO), while mentors remain available.

  • Attention to the deadline (March, 10 2013) and to the number of submissions. An author (the order does not matter) that has more than one submission to the shepherding program, the following submissions after the first one, will be placed at the end of the queue to prioritize authors without help.

How to find a mentor?

To require a mentor, the author should submit the proposal paper on EasyChair in the shepherding track.