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Conference Themes

Broadly the conference is divided into the following 4 independent parts:

Pre-Conference Workshop - March 23rd & 24th

The conference sessions might not give you a very in-depth learning experience on the topics. To address this issue, we plan to host 5-8 workshops before the conference by our expert international speakers. This will help you get the insights directly from the experts. These workshops will be announced by Mid Nov.

Scaling Agile Adoption - March 25th & 26th

Under this theme, practical experience and expert presentations focusing on adopting Agile & Lean mindset in organizations of all types and sizes, scaling from single team doing agile to multiple teams, departments and non IT adoption of agile practices. Topics related to changes in organizational structure & policies, auditing process & metrics collected and how performance management is performed will be covered.

Agile Lifecycle - March 27th & 28th

Under this theme, practical experience and expert presentations focusing on the entire lifecycle of a project/product starting from product discovery, MVP, project kickoff, release planning, user story mapping, Agile UX, development & testing practices, CI pipelines from development to deployment, DevOPs, Usage Analytics, A/B testing and beyond.

Post-Conference Workshop - March 29th & 30th

Similar to the Pre-Workshops, we'll also host some workshops post the conference. Details will be announced by Mid Nov.

Session Formats

  • 3 Mins Lightning Talks (10 Talks in one 30 mins slot)
  • 20 Mins Experience Reports (followed by 10 mins break)
  • 45 Mins Case Study (followed by 15 mins break)
  • 45 Mins Expert Talk/Demo (followed by 15 mins break)
  • 60 Mins Keynote
  • 90 Mins Hands-On Workshop/Tutorial

Experience Report authors have to write a 2-3 page report about their experience.

Case study authors have to write a 5-6 page report about the experience.

Like at Agile India 2014, we'll help the authors to write and publish these reports. They'll be available to all participants.

Important Timeline

  • Sep 29th - Call for Proposals
  • Sep 29th - Super Early Bird Registration starts
  • Nov 1st - Early Bird Registration starts
  • Dec 1st - Smart Registration Slab starts
  • Dec 2nd - Early accept/reject emails
  • Dec 15th - Zero in on the invited speaker list & send out the invites
  • Jan 1st - Regular Registration Slab starts
  • Jan 15th - Draft Conference Program Live
  • Feb 1st - Late Registration Slab starts
  • Feb 15th - Submissions Close
  • Feb 17th - Finalise invited speaker sessions
  • Feb 17th - Lock down submission system
  • Feb 23rd - Publish the Final Program
  • Mar 1st - Last Minute Registration Slab starts
  • Mar 24th - Conference Starts

Pre-Conference Workshop - March 23rd - 26th

The conference sessions might not give you a very in-depth learning experience on the topics. To address this issue, we've planned the following workshops before the conference by our expert international speakers. This will help you get the insights directly from the experts.

Post-Conference Workshop - March 27th - 30th

Similar to the pre-conference workshops, we'll host the following workshops post the conference.

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Agile India 2014 - Attendees Profile

Agile India 2014 Conference was happy to host 1236 Attendees from 28 different countries. The attendees belong to 226 different companies and play 342 different roles.

For detailed stats refer to Agile India 2014 Delegate Profile.

Agile India 2014 Attendees Country Profile

Agile India 2014 - Speakers

We had 86 speakers from 12 different countries:

Agile India 2014 Conference Speaker Country

Agile India 2014 - Program Session Types

We had 87 distinct sessions across the following types:

Agile India 2014 Conference Session Types

Agile India 2013 - Attendees Profile

Agile India 2013 Conference hosted a total of 904 attendees from 25 different countries over the 4 days. These attendees has 320 unique roles representing 195 different companies.

For detailed stats refer to Agile India 2013 Delegate Profile.

Agile India 2013 Attendees Country Profile

Agile India 2012 - Attendees Profile

The Agile India 2012 Conference was fully SOLD OUT. We have 750 delegates from 21 Countries attending the conference with 337 unique Roles from 228 different Companies.

For detailed stats refer to Agile India 2012 Delegate Profile.

Agile India 2012 Attendees Country Profile

Agile India 2012 - Program

We hosted total of 12 Stages, 120 Sessions, 125 Speakers from 18 Countries. Detailed stats below:

Agile India 2012 Conference Stages

With a wide variety of session types:

Agile India 2012 Session Types

63% of session targeted at practitioners:

Agile India 2012 Conference Session Levels

Large number of 60 and 90 mins sessions:

Agile India 2012 Conference Session Duration

Agile India 2012 - Program Team

We had an extremely good team of 111 program committee members from 21 Countries who reviewed all the submission and selected the conference program:

Agile India 2012 Conference Program Committee

Agile India 2012 - Speakers

We had 120 speakers selected through the open submissions system and 5 invited speakers:

Agile India 2012 Conference Speaker Country

Call for Proposals

Thank you for all the wonderful proposals. Now, we've the final schedule announced and we are not accepting any more proposals.

There are 2 broad categories (Scaling Agile Adoption and Agile Lifecycle) under which you can submit your proposals. Please check Conference Theme page for details on the themes and session formats.

REVIEW PROCESS

Interested speakers are requested to submit their proposals directly on our proposal submission system. All proposals will be public. Registered user of the submission system will be able to comment on your proposal. You are required to reply to those comments to provide clarifications, explain revisions and respond to questions. The program team will look at how well you've responded to comments and updated your proposal to incorporate public suggestions. Ultimately the decision to accept a session resides with the program team.

Your proposal stands the best chance to be selected, if it's unique, fully flushed, ready-to-go. Please ensure you've read:

To encourage early submissions and iterative improvement of proposals, we'll start accepting proposals as soon as we find them a good fit. As time passes by, the competition gets tougher. So don't wait till the last to submit your proposal.

We Value

In terms of the overarching themes or values in the proposals, we look at the following criteria during selection:

  • Diversity  - As a conference, we want to be more inclusive (different approaches, different frameworks, gender, countries, back-ground etc.)
  • Balance - We want to strike a good balance between different types of presentations (expert talks, experience reports, tutorials, workshops, etc.) and different types of experience the speakers bring to the conference.
  • Equality - We encourage more students and women speakers. We won't select any proposal just because it came from a student or a female speaker. But given we have to pick 1 out of 2 equal proposal, we'll pick the one, which was proposed by a student or a female speaker.
  • Practicality - People come to a conference to learn, network, have an experience and leave motivated. Proposals which directly help this are always preferred. While a little bit of theory is good, but if the proposal lacks practical application, it does not really help the participants. Also people learn more by doing rather than listening. If proposals has an element of "learn by doing" it wins over other proposals. Take people on a learning journey.
  • Opportunity - While we want to ensure the conference has at least 70% rock solid speakers, we also want to give an opportunity to new speakers, who have real potential
  • Originality - Original ideas wins hands-on from copied one. People always prefer listing to an idea from its creator rather than second or third person. However, you might have taken an idea and tweaked it in your context. You would have gained an insight by doing so. And certainly all of us want to hear your first-hand experience, even though you were not the creator of the original idea. We are looking for Thought-Leadership.
  • Radical Ideas - We really respect people, who want to push the boundaries and challenge the status quo. We have a soft-corner for unconventional ideas and will try our best to support them and bring awareness to their work.
  • Demand - Votes on a proposal and buzz on social media gives us an idea of how many people are really interested in the topic. (We fully understand votes can be gamed, but we've a system that can eliminate some bogus votes and use different types of patterns to give us a decent sense of the real demand.)

We Expect

Once the proposal fits into our value system, here are some basic/obvious stuff we expect when we look at the proposal in the submission system:

  • Is the Title matching the Abstract?
  • Under the Outline/Structure of the Session, will the time break-up for each sub-topic will do justice to the topic?
  • Is there a logical sequencing/progression of the topics?
  • Has the speaker selected the right session type and duration for the topic? For Ex: 60 mins talk might be very boring.
  • Has the speaker selected the best matching Theme/Topic/Category for the proposal?
  • Is the Target Audience specific and correct? Also does it match with the Session Level?
  • Is the Learning Outcome clearly articulated? Ideally 3-5 points, one on each line.
  • Based on the Outline/Structure, will the speaker be able to achieve the Learning Outcomes?
  • Based on the presentation link, does the speaker have good quality content and good way to present it?
  • Based on the video link, does the speaker have a good presentation (edutainment) skills? Will the speaker be able to hold the attention of a large audience?
  • Based on the additional links, does the speaker have subject matter expertise and thought leadership on the proposed topic?
  • Are the Labels/Tags meaningful?

We Select

Proposal stands the best chance to be selected, if it's unique, fully flushed, ready-to-go. Speaker please ensure to provide links to your:

  • previous conference or user group presentations
  • open source project contributions
  • slides & videos of (present/past) presentations (other conferences or local user group or in-office)
  • blog posts or articles on this topic
  • and so on...

When selecting a proposal, we pay attention not only to the quality of the proposal, but also quality of the speaker, .i.e. whether the speaker will be able to effectively present/share their knowledge with others. Hence past speaking experience (videos & slides) are extremely important. If you don't have a video from past conference presentation, that's fine. Try to setup google hangout in one of your upcoming local user group meeting or internal office meeting, where you are presenting and share that link. This will give the committee a feel for your presentation skills and subject matter expertise.

Compensation for Speakers

Speakers will be compensated as follows:

90 minutes session 2 Free Registration + 2 Hotel Night
60 minutes session 1 Free Registration + 2 Hotel Night
45 minutes session 1 Free Registration + 1 Hotel Night
20 minutes session 1 Free Registration
< 20 minutes No Compensation

Contact sales@agilefaqs.com for discount code for the other conference days.

Compensation listed above is only for primary speakers. Co-presenters can avail a 50% discount on their registrations. Hotel nights are capped at 4 nights for speakers with multiple accepted sessions. They cannot be accumulated beyond the cap or transferred to another person. Free registrations cannot be accumulated or transferred.

Tips for Proposals

Make sure you've read the following guidelines carefully.

1. Summary. The summary must sell and exude excitement. Since its the only thing the attendees will see, it needs to pull them into your session instead of the 15 others they can visit at the same time. The attendees should be able to show the abstract to their manager/team and have them understand the value of the session.

2. Catchy title. A catchy title may help to build stronger mental model and focus the session's abstract better. Watch out for catchy becoming corny, though.

3. Sell yourself. The reviewers should have confidence that you are a good presenter and that you will be successful at facilitating the session. Don't assume you can cruise on your reputation, not all the reviewers will know you well enough to judge. Include a link to other material/web sites that may help you to sell yourself.

4. Prior experience with session. Share experiences giving the session. Links to slides, videos or people's blog about those sessions. If you're planning to do a test run at the local user group, mention that - it makes a big difference as far as a reviewers' confidence about the quality of delivery is concerned.

5. Co-presenters. For long presentations 90 minutes a second presenter is really a good idea. After about 5-10 (max 20) minutes of hearing someone's voice you become habituated and tune out. Switching presenters delays that.

6. Interactivity. Even 60 minute talks need some interactive element, they need some event, exercise, or discussion to help the attendees integrate the knowledge they've acquired and make it their own. Spell out at least the names/short descriptions of the activities, and how the participants will participate

7. Have a plan. At least a minimal plan is necessary so the reviewer will have an idea how you will spend your limited time budget. The longer a session you want the more details you need to provide.

8. Clarity. Make a clear statement of what the attendees will do or expect. Sometimes proposers can err too much on the side of selling their ideas in a catchy way that exactly what will be done in the session is not clear.

9. Clear learning objective. State how will their lives of attendees will be better, more effective, more enjoyable as a result of attending.

10. Slides/Video. While the topic is important, the presenters' presentation style and past experience presenting is equally important. For the program committee to understand speaker's presentation skills, providing slides and video links is extremely important. It is possible that you don't have slides/video of the topic you are proposing. That's fine. At least provide links to something you've presented in the past.

11. Enjoyment. Make the reviewer feel the attendees will enjoy themselves during the session. At best, they should learn specific concepts, skills, principles, approaches, frameworks. The amount of material taken away should not be overwhelming. As one reviewer said, "At the end of the day, what I'm looking for is something that gets my juices flowing and makes me want to fight for a place in the session."

12. Questions. It may be appropriate to pose questions to the reviewers and gives us options for adjusting the proposal.

13. Language. Use active verbs, not passive language.

  • Bad: "This session allows you to learn..."
  • Good: "Learn/experience..."
  • Bad: words like "might", "could", "intent"
  • Good: words/phrases like "master", "learn", "experience", "do", "participate"
  • Not "You can participate", but "As you participate, you learn..."

14. For Experience Reports and Case Studies, background context is essential. Tell us what the story arc of the experience is, some lessons learned, some challenges. Tell us whether you have empirical evidence or anecdotal experience.

Official Host for Agile India 2015

Hotel Chancery Pavilion, a 5 Star Luxury Business Hotel, located in the heart of the city.

The Chancery Pavilion Hotel Bangalore
#135, Residency Road, Bangalore - 560 025, India
Tel : +91-080-41-41-41-41
Fax : +91-080-41-41-42-42
www.chancerypavilion.com

Special Discount for Conference Attendees

We've worked out a special discounted price of 4500 INR + Taxes for Superior Room.

Book Online Now!

Alternatively to book your rooms, please contact:

Ms. Shveta Datta, Asst. Sales Manager @ The Chancery Pavilion:
Email: shveta.mehta@chanceryhotels.com
CC: reservations.cp@chanceryhotels.com
Mobile: +91 99000 94659
Tel: +91 80 4141 4141

USE "AgileIndia" CODE TO AVAIL THIS DISCOUNT

Budget Hotel

Hotel Grand Pavilion,
114, K.H. Road, (Lal Bagh Double Road)
Bangalore - 560027
(1.2 KMs from Conference Venue. Its a pleasant walk.)

Special Discount for Conference Attendees

Special 20% discount on hotel rooms. (~3050 INR Single Occupancy for Deluxe Room.)
To avail this discount contact Mr. S Umesh, Sales Manager @ The Grand Pavilion:
Email: sales@grandpavilion.in
Mobile: +91 80507 00020
Tel: +91 80 4131 6751/2/3

USE "AgileIndia" CODE TO AVAIL THIS DISCOUNT

VISA for Entering India

Visa on Arrival Facility is available for holders of passport of following countries

Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands,Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam.

We recommend all foreign delegates (speakers & participants) apply for this visa. This is the safest, cheapest and most hassle-free visa.

Citizens from other countries are required to apply for the visa before hand. Give at least 3 weeks for the visa process.

Please do not apply for Conference Visa. This visa is only applicable for government run conferences.

Want to help the Conference?

  • Join the Review/Program Team: Typically, we select the review and program team via a public call for volunteers. However this year, we would like to try a new model. Click the "Join Review/Program Team" link on the left menu for more details.
  • Submit Proposals: We would love to hear your first-hand experience with Agile & Lean methods. Why don't you consider submitting a proposal to share your experience on a specific topic? We look forward to some great proposals from you.
  • Encourage Others to Submit Proposals: If you know an agile practitioner/expert, with good presentation skills and deep insights, please encourage them to submit a proposal.
  • Register for the Conference: While the conference program is important, the conference delegates are equally important. Our International Speakers from past conferences, have consistently praised the quality of participants we are able to attract at the Agile India conference. The quality of interactions/questions have been extremely good. We want to push the bar further up.
  • Spread the Word: For the last 10 years, Agile India conferences have thrived on Word-Of-Mouth publicity. Your help is greatly appreciated. Click the "Spread the Word" link on the left menu for more details on how you can help.
  • Sponsor: Right from the beginning (2005), Agile India has always been community-run, non-profit event. We rely on corporate sponsorship to keep ticket prices low for attendees, cover the cost of flying international speakers, as well as cover the cost of venue, food, beverages, t-shirts, and more. Checkout how to become a sponsor.

Join the Review and Program Team

The Conference Program is the heart of the conference and we really need your help to put together a rock-solid program.

Review team is responsible for giving feedback to the speakers to improve their proposal. The goal of the review team is to improve the overall quality of the proposal via continuous review.

Program team is responsible for selecting the proposals and putting together the schedule for the conference. The goal of the program team is to ensure conference program exceeds delegate's expectations.

Typically, we select the review and program team via a public call for volunteers. However this year, we'll not select a team to start with.

Instead we'll select these teams based on actual contributions. Depending on your contributions in the submission system, you'll automatically get selected as a reviewer by the system. If you consistently contribute as a reviewer, you'll get selected as a program team members.

We've believe in a merit based system where everyone gets a fair chance. Look forward to your participation.

Contributing Via the Submission System

To start with, please visit the Submission System and review the proposals:

  • Is the Title matching the Abstract?
  • Under the Outline/Structure of the Session, will the time break-up for each sub-topic will do justice to the topic?
  • Is there a logical sequencing/progression of the topics?
  • Has the speaker selected the right session type and duration for the topic? For Ex: 60 mins talk might be very boring.
  • Has the speaker selected the best matching Theme/Topic/Category for the proposal?
  • Is the Target Audience specific and correct? Also does it match with the Session Level?
  • Is the Learning Outcome clearly articulated? Ideally 3-5 points, one of each line.
  • Based on the Outline/Structure, will the speaker be able to achieve the Learning Outcomes?
  • Based on the presentation link, does the speaker have good quality content and good way to present it?
  • Based on the video link, does the speaker have a good presentation (edutainment) skills? Will the speaker be able to hold the attention of a large audience?
  • Based on the additional links, does the speaker have subject matter expertise and thought leadership on the proposed topic?
  • Are the Labels/Tags meaningful?

While you are looking at the proposals, please leave suggestions for the speaker to improve their proposal. In some cases, you might need to ask clarifying questions to truly understand the proposal. This would help the speaker refine their proposal. Eventually, this would lead to a much higher quality presentations.

If you like the proposal and want to make sure it gets selected for the conference program, then please vote for the proposal. Your vote matters!

What can you do to spread the word?

You can be our Brand Ambassador by helping us with the following:

  • Regularly communicate (Tweet/Email/Blog) about the updates from the conference. This will help people in your network get interested in the conference. Please use @agileindia handle & #AgileIndia2015 hashtags in your tweets.
  • If you are active on certainly mailing lists, user forums, meetups, etc. please inform people about the conference.
  • Share the conference overview presentation within your office/network.
  • If you know any journalists, who might help us publish some info about the conference, please connect us with them

Love to hear from you about any other ideas or suggestions you might have.

Program Team

Conference Chair

Scaling Agile Adoption Chair

Agile Lifecycle Chair

Reviewers

This conference is organized and managed by:

Agile FAQs Technology Pvt. Ltd.
No.20, 12th Cross, Cubbonpet,
Bengaluru - 560002, India
Ph No: +91 80 41244690
Email: sales@agilefaqs.com

For the past 10 years, to help grow a sustainable software community, we've organized over 50 conferences world-wide.

AgileFAQs was founded by Naresh Jain to help organizations embrace, scale and sustain essential Agile and Lean thinking.

Checkout the various conferences that we've organised so far at http://agilefaqs.com/initiatives/conferences.

This conference is presented by:

Agile Software Community of India
27 Srinilaya, 3rd Floor, Between 10th and 11th cross
Margosa Road
Malleswaram
Bangalore 560003.

Agile Software Community of India (ASCI) is a registered society founded by a group of agile enthusiasts and practitioners from companies that practice Agile Software Development methodologies.

ASCI is formed to create a platform for people from different software organizations to come together and share their experience with Software development methodologies. ASCI's focus is Agile and related light weight methodologies/philosophies. ASCI evangelizes itself to be a facilitating body which fosters and innovates lightweight methodologies in software development in India. ASCI is working with Universities and Student chapters to increase Agile awareness within the academic circles.

Core Principles behind Agile India Conference

  • Quality OVER Quantity: At Agile India, we believe in staying small and providing a richer experience to the participants. Its never about how many talks we can jam into the program or how many participants we can gather. Its about building a strong, sustainable community.
  • Zero Marketing: You cannot pay to get a speaking slot. Conference talks are never sold to sponsors.
  • Respect Privacy:The conference participant database is never sold or given to sponsors. We respect and protect your privacy.
  • Equal Platform: Right from 2004, Agile India has maintained an independent/neural stand when it comes to various Agile Methods, Tools, Certifications, etc. At Agile India, each of us might have our preferences, but we ensure we provide an equal opportunity to everyone who want to present at the conference.
  • Moderately Priced: At Agile India we strive really hard to make the conference affordable. Our aim is to ensure that interested participants should be able pay out of their pocket, without having to depend on their company for sponsorship.
  • Networking: At Agile India you will learn as much (if not more) by meeting other practitioners, making connections with them, sharing your ideas, and building a strong community.
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