Workshops: Research Close to the Action
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Every year agile methods get closer to the mainstream. One of the signs of this growing maturity is the popularity of agile conferences and workshops. In particular, workshops are considered by many as important forums to engage both researchers and practitioners in interactive, face-to-face discussions that advance the state of agile software development methods and practices and to coordinate future research directions. This linkage between the worlds of practice and research is not new – XP/Agile Universe has always had workshops in its program. This year, with the greatest number of workshops at XP/Agile Universe and European XP conferences ever (8), it seems that we have reached out to the widest range of communities yet: managers and coaches, empiricists and economists, embedded software developers and UI designers, testers and technical writers.