Agile2010 moves to Orlando…

In response to the floods that ravaged Nashville, Tenn., the Agile2010 conference has been relocated to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotel in Orlando, Florida. The conference dates will remain the same; scheduled for Aug. 9 – 13 (

With the uncertainty of when the Nashville facilities could be restored we decided to relocate the Agile2010 conference. For details and answers to questions please click here.

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Program Selection Schedule

March 20, 2010 2 comments
I wanted to provide an update on the schedule for the next few weeks. The program committee, stage producers and reviewers are currently reviewing the 900+ proposals. I know that many of you are wondering when you will hear whether or not your session has been accepted. Here is the schedule for the completion of the program:
  • March 3rd – March 26th – Review Submissions and Choose Sessions
  • March 29th – April 11th Notifications will be sent to all submitters. The sessions that have been selected the speakers must confirm that they will present the session at the conference when notified.
  • April 12th – Program Session Selection completed
  • Week of April 26 – Program Content will be scheduled with specific times and rooms
  • May 3 – Program Published to web-site

If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to let me know.

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Only 5 days left to submit!

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

That’s right the submission system will be closing this coming Friday, February 26th. There is still time to get your session proposed and reviewed for presentation at this year’s conference. The deadline will not be extended, please do not delay.

Note: Friday is also the last day to be able to edit your submissions based on feedback from comments and reviews.

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Agile2010 Speaker Compensation Explained

February 15, 2010 10 comments

I have received a number of emails and seen various comments, like the following:

  • I don’t want to get stuck doing only a short talk, which doesn’t comp speakers enough
  • 60/90 minute speaker compensation policy does not align incentives with desired behaviors

The following is the analysis we did with regard to the various sessions, the length of the session, etc.

60 Minute Session

  • $250 Honorarium
  • Thursday Night Hotel Stay – $169
  • Conference Fee Waived – $1699 (I split the difference between Super Early Bird and General Registration)

The total value of presenting this session is $2118.

90 Minute Session

  • $250 Honorarium
  • 4 Hotel Nights – $676
  • Conference Fee Waived – $1699 (I split the difference between Super Early Bird and General Registration)

The total value of presenting this session is $2625.


The difference between the 2 comps is just a little over $500 which is the addition of 3 hotel nights. In almost all of my discussions people seem to discount the conference fee and only focus on the hotel nights and say that the compensation does not provide the right incentive. In fact some of the discussion we had indicated that the 60 minute session was too highly compensated. It’s too late to change it for this year, I would be interested in getting people’s feedback for next year.

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Submission System Deadline Extended!

February 4, 2010 1 comment

The deadline for submitting proposals to the Agile 2010 conference has been extended until February 26th, 2010. All submissions received before that date will be read and receive feedback from the review committee for that stage, and submitters will have the chance to update their proposals based on that feedback. However, it is to your advantage to submit before the last minute this year. Stage Producers may begin selecting proposals for inclusion in the conference starting February 19th, so you are encouraged to submit before the 19th.

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Agile 2010 Call for Submissions

January 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Agile 2010 is the leading international conference on agile methods in software development. Agile 2010 will be held in Nashville, USA. The conference brings together many disciplines in the fields of information systems and software development and bridges communities that rarely get a chance to exchange ideas and thoughts.

The conference will examine the latest theory, practical applications, and implications of agile methods. The agile approach focuses on delivering business value early in the project lifetime and being able to incorporate emergent requirements. The conference is not about a single methodology or approach, but rather provides a forum for the exchange of information regarding all agile development technologies.

Submission Process
The Agile 2010 submission process will be somewhat different from past years. In the past submissions would be submitted to individual stages for consideration. This year you will be submitting to one of the broad conference themes, Business, Technical, and Leadership & Organization. Once submitted the program committee will identify and forward to the most appropriate stage.

The length of the sessions will either be 60 or 90 minutes and will be presented Tuesday – Thursday ONLY.

Note: Each presenter can submit 3 proposals in total. This includes proposals where the presenter is not the 1st speaker.

Important Dates
The submission system will be open on January 11, 2010 and will remain open until February 19, 2010.

We will be providing further refinement of the call for submissions throughout the week. For more information in the interim or to submit a session click here.

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Invited Sessions – Did I read that correctly?

January 10, 2010 1 comment

As I have mentioned before the theme for this year’s agile conference is Learn. Practice. Explore… This is more than just a tag-line. It is the clear intent of the Program Committee to have sessions that vary in experience level. Having this desire leads to a quandary with regard to relying entirely on the submission system process to yield the right balance of sessions. Therefore, we made a decision to break a bit with tradition and invite specific sessions. The sessions that we choose to invite were the 180 minute sessions. These sessions are clearly the longest and require the greatest amount of preparation.

How will the committee choose the sessions? This is a fair question, here is the criteria in priority order:

  1. The session content fills a specific hole in the program, either from a pure content perspective or from an experience level.
  2. The session provides a fresh perspective on a particular topic.
  3. The presenter scored in the top 20% with regard to feedback at last year’s conference

My recommendation in general is to submit your session into the normal submission process. You will be limited to selecting a time of 60 or 90 minutes. As the program committee evaluates the sessions we may get back to you to see if a particular session can be expanded.

Inviting sessions immediately brings to mind questions about fairness. Are the invited speakers friends of the program committee, etc. This I can state without question is not the criteria for selecting invited sessions. In order to make it very clear the following people will not be invited speakers at the conference due to potential conflicts of interest.

  • Conference Chair – who would want me to speak for 180 minutes anyways
  • Program Committee – Pollyanna Pixton, Brian Button, and Lowell Lindstrom
  • Agile Alliance Board Members – Please see the Agile Alliance web-site for the complete list.

As you can see a number of these people would be on a short list to invite and in fact would qualify based on the criteria listed above. All of these people are welcome to submit sessions into the normal submission system.

Click here to contact me directly if you have questions or comments.

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