Chair: Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.
Assistant Chair: Mike Cohn, Mountain Goat Software
Submission Deadline: January 26, 2007
Notification of Acceptance: April 2, 2007
Agile 2007 is seeking informative "talking head" talks designed to provide participants with
practical knowledge they can use right away on agile projects. In addition, we would like the
Talking Heads leaders to participate in the conference for at least a couple of days, preferably
hanging out in the halls, or attending sessions and meeting people that way. What we don't want is
a Talking Head to fly in, speak, and fly out.
Talking Heads are 90-minute sessions in which participants learn about one or more techniques in
Each presentation covers a self-contained topic relevant to agile software development. We encourage
session proposals from experienced practitioners of agile software development methods, such as
Adaptive, Crystal, DSDM, Feature-Driven Development, Lean, Scrum, and Extreme Programming (XP).
Possible session topics include techniques for software testing, project steering, collaboration
with business users, software design, release planning, metrics, automation, deployment,
facilitation, organizational change, architecture, management etc.
Elements of your proposal for a talking heads session should include:
- Title: Suitable for printing in the program giving clear indication of topic.
- Topic: Summarize the subject of your presentation.
- Audience: Describe the intended audience. Indicate if your presentation will be of special interest to certain job roles. Also, consider what level your presentation is aimed at. Please include level of attendee (beginner, intermediate, experienced)
- Benefits: The benefits that your talking heads delivers to attendees.
- Content Outline: Explain what will be covered in your presentation. Please give enough detail that reviewers may compare your proposal against others on same topic.
- Presenter bio: Some background about you and experience relevant to the area.
- History of presentation: Summary of when and where this material has been presented by you before.
- Your email: To be used to notify you on whether your proposed talking heads has been accepted for the conference.
Our decision-making process
Each talking heads proposal will be evaluated on its anticipated benefit for prospective
participants and its fit within the program as a whole.
The talking heads program aims to cover a portfolio of topics of interest to the various job roles
present at the conference: executive, manager, UI designer, programmer, tester, facilitator.
Factors to be considered also include: relevance, timeliness, importance, and audience appeal;
suitability for presentation in a talking heads format; effectiveness of teaching methods; and
qualifications of the presenter.
Note: Due to the nature of this session type, there can be no size limits imposed on proposals. All
sessions must be prepared to handle up to 300 attendees.