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Submissions to present at Agile Australia 2014 have now closed. Thank you to everyone who threw their hat in the ring! We know it takes courage and energy to submit your topics and respond to comments, so please know we appreciate your effort!

We were thrilled to receive over 250 submissions. Every submitter will be notified the status of their proposal in early April. Please keep in mind there is only a grand total of 36 places to be filled - which means 4 in 5 submissions won't make it.

The chairs and reviewers for each stream will now create a shortlist. From the collated shortlists of all streams, the conference advisors decide on the final program. This process takes a few weeks and we ask for your patience during this time.

Thank you again for your submission, and best of luck!


What's new?

Anonymous Submissions

To keep the submission process as fair as possible, this year, proposals will be submitted through an anonymous submission system. The Australian Agile community, reviewers and chairs will be able to view, comment on, and offer feedback or suggestions on all submissions, but nobody will be able to see the author's name or company.

This means that your submission will be reviewed purely based on the content submitted. We suggest that you focus on addressing the stream criteria, have a clear outline of ideas and examples you will present, describe how you will use your 40 minute slot, and plainly state the learning outcomes for delegates.

It is better to submit early so you have a greater chance of receiving feedback from the community and iterating your proposal. This will give you the best chance of being accepted as a speaker for Agile Australia 2014.

All submissions will remain anonymous until the chairs for each stream have finalised their shortlist.

Session Format

The duration of every session is a total of 40 minutes. This 40 minute slot includes an introduction and thank you by the MC, and time for questions if you choose.

There could be up to five sessions running concurrently. Each session may have up to 200 in the audience. Delegates do not sign up to a particular session prior to the conference - they vote with their feet! So please ensure your session description is enticing while also accurately describing the presentation you will give.


The conference theme is Embracing Disruption. How do you adapt to rapidly changing market conditions, or be the cause of change? How do we create more valuable and higher-quality solutions faster? Can you share new ways to work with your team, your stakeholders, customers, and leaders? Embracing disruption is all about stretching the minds of delegates and organisations with clever ideas, new tools and techniques and shared experiences.


The Agile Australia program will feature FIVE content streams. We ask that you consider how your proposal meets the needs of these streams and also speaks to the Embracing Disruption theme. Please carefully consider what each stream is looking for and be sure to select the right stream for your proposal.

  • Approaches
  • Delivery
  • The Agile Organisation
  • Individuals and Interactions
  • Measure and Learn




Chairs: Tom Sulston, John Smart, Scott Shaw, and Adrian Smith

"We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it."
The Agile Manifesto

Software delivery is the raison d'être of Agile methods. Unless we are continuously delivering real value to customers, we cannot describe ourselves as doing, let alone being, Agile.

In this stream, we will be investigating modern software techniques that assist Agile teams to respond to change and deliver value. We will be looking at the technical tools and practices that help teams to achieve this goal - such as NoSQL databases, Behaviour-Driven Development, functional programming and data analytics. We will learn about cutting-edge development and test practices, with a focus on automation and continuous delivery.

The Agile Organisation

Chairs: Asif Gill, and Sandy Mamoli (assisted by Keith Dodds, conference advisor)

Australia and New Zealand are crossing the chasm and we see widespread adoption of Agile for software project development. More and more companies are looking for agility at an organisational level or have already started their Agile transformation journey.

Organisations are seeking answers for questions such as how to organise, adopt and scale "Agile" for portfolio management, enterprise architecture, organisational strategy, business planning, budgeting and governance.

The Agile organisation stream is looking for experience reports, new directions, and research presentations that discuss Agile principles and practices at the larger organisational level.

Measure and Learn

Chairs: Stephen Lawrence and Shoaib Shaukat

The fast evolving business landscape puts extra pressure on companies to improve the way they interact with their customers, reach their markets, and run their business operations. This naturally leads to questions:

  • Are we doing the right things at the right time in the right areas?
  • How successful are we really?
  • When will we know we have to change and adapt?
  • How do we know if we have improved?
  • Is this the right opportunity to chase?

To be successful, businesses need to develop appropriate measures, metrics and trend analysis techniques in order make important and far-reaching decisions that are not based on emotional factors and management bias. In this stream we are looking to learn from experiences of how you set up processes around benchmarking or measuring business assumptions, and using hypotheses in order to learn new insights that help you improve and grow.

We would like business examples of where and how measures and metrics have been applied, Do you measure customer delight? how did you do that? - did it change the way you operate? Have you involved customers in deciding how to measure as well as actually measuring success?

How do you as a leader measure your success- what metrics do you use, how has it changed your leadership style?

Do you align your metrics to some real and tangible outcomes?- what commercial benefit have your metrics been able to identify and achieve?

We encourage submissions that are beyond IT and aligning to real tangible commercial decision making processes, how you got there and the learnings along the journey.

Individuals and Interactions

Chairs: Dipesh Pala and Lachlan Heasman

The first value statement in the Agile manifesto is "Individuals and interactions over processes and tools". Half the value statements and most of the principles are about people. Let's talk about people; their differences and similarities, how they work together effectively (or not), how we can lead and follow them, and how we can support them.

In this stream, we will explore how Agile-inspired people and companies are creating cultures, nurturing individuals, and building teams (in Australia and across the globe) to create people-oriented organisations. We are looking for submissions with innovative ideas in addition to tricks, tips, and proven methods that will inspire and help people and organisations to 'be Agile' rather than just 'do Agile'.


Chairs: Kim Ballestrin, Chris Chan and Renee Troughton

Approaches are ways of dealing with situations or problems. Whether you strive for agility through disruptive or incremental change, this stream endeavours to look in depth at the approaches and practices you can take to succeed in getting results for customers, shareholders and the people that you work with on a day to day basis.



How do I submit a proposal?

Submitting your proposal

Submissions are being accepted via an online system. You will be asked to create a username and password before you can submit or view others' submissions. To submit your session, it is a case of completing a simple web form.

Here is a great blog post from conference advisor Adam Boas on what to put in your proposal, including great tips about the mechanics section, summary and learning outcomes. View post »

Important notes:
  • Once submitted, your proposal will be available for the community to view and comment on.
  • Please use this feedback to iterate your proposal. You will be able to reply to comments (your comments will appear as 'Author'), however any changes must be updated in the submission itself.
  • Last year, less than one in five submissions were accepted to the conference program. To give yourself the best chance of success, ensure your submission is high quality, has sufficient detail, addresses the stream criteria and conference theme, and is engaging and compelling.
  • You will be able to edit your submission until 7 March 2014.
Providing feedback on proposals

We welcome your feedback and questions on the proposals submitted by others!

  • If a proposal really excites you, please make sure you click [I WANT TO HEAR THIS].
  • Your feedback will also help submitters refine and iterate their proposal. Please comment with the aim of making the proposal better - are there points you would like clarified? are the learning outcomes obvious? are there gaps in the content?
  • Your name will appear next to all your comments. Remember, the commenting system is open for all to see, so please your comments should be critical but also constructive and fair.
Speaker Compensation

The Agile Australia 2014 Conference is the national platform for presenting on agility. Speakers will have the opportunity to share with the brightest and most engaged agilists in Australia. Accepted speakers will receive one complimentary registration for themselves to attend Agile Australia 2014 and an invitation to exclusive events at the conference.

Your colleagues, clients, and network will also be able to attend the conference at a discounted price.



Invited Speakers

The final conference program will include some speakers who have been invited by the conference organisers, advisors or stream chairs.

Speakers are invited based on the following criteria:

  • They fill a gap in the level of experience offered by other speakers
  • Their topic of presentation fills a specific gap in the program
  • They are providing a certain perspective on a panel discussion
  • They have been repeatedly nominated as a favourite speaker in previous conferences.

If you would like to present at Agile Australia 2014, we recommend submitting your topic through the open proposal process.


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