SPEAKER INFORMATION OVERVIEW
THANK YOU to all who have submitted session proposals for review.
- April, 2014: Speaker notifications will be sent in April. Not all notifications will be sent the same day.
The Agile2014 conference is presented of the community, by the community, for the community. You have the opportunity to be a speaker at the conference by submitting a topic of interest to the general agile community. There will be much competition - last year there were more than 1100 submissions for approximately 200 speaking slots.
It is critical that you formulate your proposal carefully and make sure that you have something that catches the attention of the review committees.
The review committees are distributed by tracks. Each track has an area of focus. You will submit your presentation to the stage that you feel most nearly represents your topic. There will always be overlaps and gaps with the tracks. The program committee and the overall review community do their best to help guide sessions in to the most appropriate track.
View complete track details for Speaker submissions at:
An individual may submit up to 4 sessions. This limit is regardless of whether they are the primary or secondary submitter. An individual will be able to have no more than 2 submissions accepted into the program, however 10 minute sessions do not count against this limit. Again, this limit is regardless of whether they are the primary or secondary submitter.
Consider the following items when authoring your submission:
- Have a good title. This is your first opportunity to make a good impression. If it grabs the reviewer, it will likely grab the attendees.
- Have a well thought out introductory paragraph that tells attendees why they should come to your session over others. Consider having a short call to action in this section and a problem statement.
- The process and mechanics should tell the review team, as well as the attendees, how you plan on spending your time. Can it change? Sure it can. Should it at least be complete? You bet. This section should include the timings of your session and how you will use the time. Don’t skimp on this part; it should be the meat of what it is you want to do. Additional items you may want to inlcude in this section are:
Audience. Understanding who your primary audience is, and communicating it, is key to a good submission. People need to understand why they should come to your session and why it adds value. Sure, you are listing if it is introductory or expert as a checkbox, but I look for additional details here, like, "this session is targeted at senior managers inside the company who want to introduce XP and Scrum but are not sure how to get started."
Presentation Format. Yes, there is a dropdown that allows you to check lecture or workshop, but you should still consider weaving a description of your format into this section of the submission. For example, a piece of text from a tutorial session that was accepted says "I’ll start with an introduction and purpose of the game, then explain the rules and show an example of how to play. They’ll have one hour to complete the game." This tells me a lot and I can see how the game will roughly play out.
Presentation Delivered Before. Have you done it before or is it new? If you have done it before, provide a link to a video or some piece of detail where the review team can read about it. If it's new, call it out.
References to Your Speaking Ability. Not every reviewer will be familiar with your speaking style. Having a couple names that people can follow up on is beneficial. If you can provide a link to a video clip, that could be helpful to the reviewers.
- Learning Outcomes. Good learning outcomes list what people will take away - e.g. "Learn that effective and efficient meetings are focused strategically, tactically or daily - not all mixed up." Bad ones say things like "get an understanding of agile" or "learn new coding techniques." Reviewers and attendees cannot make a determination on so vague a description.
- Your takeaway: Have a clear vision of what you want to present, lay out the benefits to attendees of coming to your session over others, highlight why your session is valuable (through data or other means) and tell us, if you have presented it before, what you have learned and what you will do to improve upon it.
The submission system opened November 22, 2013 and closes in February, 2014.
22 November 2013: Submissions open.
14 January 2014: Deadline for new session proposals
7 February 2014: Deadline for editing session proposals
19 February 2014: Reviews end and submission system closes.
Use this time to submit your proposals and the review teams will help you craft it into a great proposal.
Deadline for new session proposals
on January 14, 2014 at 23:59 Eastern (11:59pm Eastern), the system will not allow you to add a new proposal, but you will be able to edit existing proposals. If you submit something blank and plan to fill it out later, it will be discarded.
Deadline for Editing session Proposals
On February 7, 2014 at at 23:59 Eastern (11:59pm Eastern), the ability for you to edit your proposals will end and no further edits will be allowed. What is in the system will be evaluated by the review teams.
Reviews End and Submission system closes
on February 19, 2014 at at 23:59 Eastern (11:59pm Eastern), the submission system will close.
Submitter Service Level Agreement
If you submit a proposal by 14 January, 2014 (the last day to submit new proposals), you should expect one review within one week and three reviews within two weeks of your submission.
All feedback will be actionable with the goal of helping you increase the likelihood of your proposal being accepted.
The deadline for editing proposals is on 7 February 2014, restricting submitters the ability to edit proposals. What is in the system at this time will be evaluated and recommended or rejected based on the integrity of the proposal on that day.
While we strive to help you make your session proposal the strongest possible, we still have a limited number of sessions in the Conference Program and have historically been able to accept 1 out of every 4 session proposed.
To view speaker compensation, click here.