Call for session proposals and speakers
The Heart of Agile Conference is a 2-day collaborative journey, inviting people to exchange experiences on four themes, collaborate, deliver, reflect and improve. All sectors and industries are welcome, NGO and social aid programs particularly encouraged.
Exchanges happen in four ways: general sessions, collaborative conversations, experience reports, and tutorials. Collaborative conversations and the general sessions are not seeking speakers.
We are looking for speakers
for Experience Reports and Tutorials
- In an Experience Report, the speaker is expected to tell a story of an experience, project or initiative with its ups and downs, and with reflection at the end as to what they conclude from that experience. Alternatively, the speaker may tell several stories to illustrate a pattern they wish to highlight.
Experience reports will be 45 minutes long. This gives the speaker time to delve into interesting details and answer questions from the audience.
- In a Tutorial, the speaker is expected to pass along a particular technique to the participants. The best tutorials are hands-on in some way, so the participants get to see, feel, practice the technique a little, in order to better learn it.
Tutorials are 45 minutes long. This may be considered short for some tutorial speakers. It is best to select out a fairly specific technique or aspect of a technique, in order that the participants can learn something they can apply afterwards.
Experience reports and tutorials should illustrate one or more of the themes in the Heart of Agile:
Collaborate / Deliver / Reflect & Improve
Sessions that show the loop behavior: collaborate-reflect-improve, deliver-reflect-improve, reflect-reflect-improve, and so on, are particularly welcome. If you have an experience report or tutorial that covers more than one theme, so much the better. Simply indicate the combination you want, and the selection committee will find a home for it.
Use this template
Please include all this information in the email you send. You may find it easiest just to copy/paste this into your email and edit from there.
Name(s): (there may be more than one speaker)
Affiliation: what organization you work for, or just yourself
Email: (email address).
Phone: (phone number).
Bio: A paragraph about yourself.
Head shot: The photo you want us to use in the conference brochure.
Format: Experience Report or Tutorial
Theme: Collaborate or Deliver or Reflect & Improve (or multiple, if you prefer)
Session title: (self explanatory)
A paragraph for the conference attendees to read to decide whether to attend
How it will run / learning objectives:
This is more relevant for tutorials, but experience report presenters are encouraged to say something about what they will show. For tutorial presenters, a paragraph or more outlining how the session runs, so the selection committee can make a judgement.
Optional. If you have run this type of session before, indicate something about that here. It may help the committee make its selection.
– Sample Proposal –
Just to give you an idea…
Name: Robert Fididdliddle
Affiliation: The Better Mousetrap Consulting Agency
Phone: +1 (805) 266-1642
Robert Fididdliddle is currently Product Manager is a firm consulting to medium- and large-organizations on new custom products. Bob specializes in helping these companies use the latest techniques for matching product to market.
Session title: A Quick Path to Product Definition
In this tutorial, Bob will show you the fastest way he knows to get a product definition sketched out. He uses this techniques with all his clients these days to catch them up on the state of the art in new product definition.
The steps of coming up with an initial product definition are: ideate the possible interests of a target group; test the audience and the topic through ad-sense; collate the results into an initial description; put up and instrument a web site with that description; collate the results and repeat once more.
In this tutorial, in just 45 minutes, you the participant, will go through a draft run of all of those steps so that you can see how they work, and take this technique back with you.
How it will run / learning objectives:
The theme is Deliver – Reflect – Improve – Deliver Again
I will give a simple template for writing an ad-sense. The groups will write one.
We will roll dice to see how the ad-sense plays out.
I will give a sample web-structure for the groups to create a draft initial web site.
Time permitting, we will roll dice again to see how the world responded to the web page.
We will collect and review the key ideas and takeaways
Session history: This tutorial has not been run before. In fact, it was just made up on the fly as I was typing. However, I think it’s pretty cool and now I want to run it.