Monday, May 30, 2011

ALE2011 Unconference Berlin Sept. 7-9 – Industry Call for papers

The Agile Lean Europe (ALE) network is a Europe-wide open network for people passionate about Agile and Lean practice and thinking. It encourages people to share knowledge and experience. ALE fosters learning and continuous improvement of the network members and the people they relate to. ALE uses its European scope to bring different perspectives of different European cultures together.

The ALE 2011 unconference is a European melting pot of Agile and Lean practitioners with many diverse perspectives and influences. It is intended as a cross-border, non-profit collaboration event for mutual learning and continuous improvement. 

We are looking for industry-based practitioners working in Europe to speak at the conference and share experiences combining lean and agile thinking, management and product and software development with their fellows. We take a very broad view of what constitutes agility and leanness and highly value diverse approaches. 

The community wants to hear from developers, testers, program managers, project managers, user experience designers, coaches, functional managers, directors, scrum masters, product owners, customers and anyone else involved in creating products or delivering services.
We particularly welcome short case studies, stories and experiences reports from industry practitioners: stories of success and failure or stories of how you applied well-known concepts like Scrum, XP and Kanban, or lesser-known concepts, and how this impacted your product or team.
We are interested in all kinds of challenges in small or big, collocated or distributed agile product development regarding organization of the project, teams, productivity and leadership. 

We would be glad to hear from you about system change topics that go beyond the single agile project: getting rid of organizational hierarchies; interfacing with large-scale non-adaptive planning; applying systems thinking; how to go beyond budgeting; intelligently combining hardware and software development; and transferring lean and agile principles to the service organization.
In the spirit of the cross-border collaboration that ALE is trying to foster we would especially encourage talks from two speakers coming from or working in two different countries. 

You are, however, welcome to submit a talk as a single speaker. As we expect contributions from all participants, for instance in the open space, speakers and participants will share the conference costs by paying the same fee. We try to keep the costs as low as possible.
Please submit your abstract and short bio before June, 30th, 2011, to the web site:
The selection of the best speakers by the organizers and participants will take place by July 6th. A high number of votes will result in a strong indication of preference, so it is helpful to submit early. However, the final selection will also take into account the diversity of topics and represented countries. 

Industry Sofa
For any questions, please contact the Industry Sofa, or ask on the ALE Network LinkedIn group.
Andrea Heck, Siemens AG Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany |
Ken Power, Cisco Systems, Galway, Ireland |
William Gill, Nokia, Berlin |

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