CFP closed at  July 15, 2020 22:00 UTC

Conference Purpose and Goals

Building on the success of last year’s Gathering, PittAgile is going to hold the 2020 PittAgile Gathering on November 14th in Pittsburgh, PA. The goal of this event is to be an Agile workout. We want to help people build their Agile muscles by learning and building on skills they may already have and exploring relevant real world issues.

This year, we are looking to our local Agile community and the surrounding Southwestern PA area for folks to speak, facilitate activities and/or participate in panel discussions. You are NOT limited in ideas you can bring.

All submissions must be received by July 13th.

A little background

Last year was the first attempt of PittAgile to put together a group function like this. We didn’t know what to expect. What we got was 110 attendees, 9 speakers attending a day full of excellent information and learning. Since PittAgile organizes this event as a service to the Agile community, the small cost imposed covered the food and facilities.

The Fine Print

We are planning this to be an in-person event but will move to a virtual event should conditions warrant. Specific location information in Pittsburgh will be supplied to you later. We strive to keep costs low and as such, there are no funds available for travel or honorarium. This is a notice for Speakers and Facilitators only. Do not sign up to attend using this form

CFP Description

This is a notice for Speakers, Facilitators and Panel Members only. Do not sign up to attend using this form

We welcome any and all related topics and in any format (i.e., presentations, panel discussions, facilitated sessions). Some broad topic suggestions are:

  1. Leadership – Tools and techniques for personal leadership to build agile in your organization.
  2. Integration of Agile in and across all types of organizations – businesses, government, non-profits, etc.
  3. Agile Basics – Discussions and presentations that explore how to get started, common pitfalls to avoid, and methods to increase the likelihood of success.
  4. Product Owners – What does it take to be a great product owner? How do we elevate the role in our organizations.
  5. Agile Transformations – Why they succeed and why they fail.
  6. Excellence – Processes that support deliverable excellence, be it in engineering or business processes while remaining agile.
  7. Real world problems – E.g., Agile and waterfall co-existing, dealing with dispersed and virtual teams, team selection, metrics in and out of business settings, conflict resolution, a lack of thought diversity in teams, etc.
  8. Frameworks for Scaling Agile/Scrum.
  9. Other – We are open to other topics. Please feel free to submit your ideas.

Content Selection

Presentations, panel discussions, facilitated sessions will be selected based on:

  • Topic and content
  • Helpfulness and relevance to the audience and to other topics
  • Community interest
  • A bias for action

KEY POINT: - We are looking to build tracks that are meaningful. Presentations not fitting due to subject or time may be called upon for PittAgile PopUps or monthly Meetups.

Submission Outline and Good Practices

By following this outline, you’ll not forget important things and make it easy for us to slot you into a track or schedule.

Basic Information:

  • Identity: Your name, email, phone number and, if appropriate, your business affiliation.
  • The Topic or Presentation Title:
  • Audience: Who is the intended audience? A broad range or a particular set of people? The level of audience expertise expected?
  • The Presentation Format: Is this a tutorial, workshop, panel discussion, or an experience report that teaches principles or lessons learned?

An Abstract containing:

  • The presentation Goal: The desired result of attending this session - what will they know they didn’t know before?
  • What is the is the Bias for Action: Practical Steps or behavioral changes.
  • A brief outline: A basic idea of the main points you intend to make.
  • Expected Time: Does this fit in a 50 minute time slot? If not, how many slots?
  • Session History: If you’ve given this presentation before, a link to slides or a video if they’re available.

  • Your Biography: Your background information often helps identify the value of the proposed presentation.

Bad Submissions and Practices to Avoid

  • Infomercials and product tutorials are not appropriate
  • No State of the Project presentations BUT, an experience report with lessons learned as they apply to a track can be appropriate.
  • Don’t assume you are known. A full proposal is needed and will be used for conference brochures amongst other things.

Key Dates for Presenters

  • July 13, 2020 — Closing Date for submission of ideas, and light abstracts, and basic outlines.
  • August 7, 2020 — Date of speaker acceptance notification, preliminary tracks/schedule created.
  • September 7, 2020 — Date for accepted speakers to confirm attendance, initial presentations due. This helps keep us all on track.
  • October 12, 2020 — Final Papers/Presentations (T-4 Weeks). This helps keep us all on track and allows time for adjustment of final schedule.
  • November 14, 2020 — Date of the Conference.

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