Researchers at the University of Wollongong, Deakin University, Monash University and Kyushu University have developed a framework that could be used to build a smart, AI-powered agile project management assistant. Their paper, pre-published on arXiv, has been accepted at the 41st International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) 2019, in the New Ideas and Emerging Results track. "Our research was driven by our experience working in and with the industry," Hoa Khanh Dam, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told TechXplore. "We saw the real challenges in running agile software projects and the serious lack of meaningful support for software teams and practitioners. We also saw the potential of AI in offering significant support for managing agile projects, not only in automating routine tasks, but also in learning and harvesting valuable insights from project data for making predictions and estimations, planning and recommending concrete actions."