Guest Blogger: Erik Peterson
Are you hoping to speak at an Agile Australia session in the next five years? Why not start small, and speak this year! I will be facilitating lightning talks in The Open Space at Agile Australia. This is a great opportunity to speak in public to an enthusiastic audience and ‘dip your toe into the water’ as a presenter.
Lightning talks are short talks focusing on one key point or subject. This can be an idea, successful project, a cautionary story, collaboration invitation, quick tip or demonstration. This session is an opportunity for ideas to get the attention they deserve. They can go for less than 5 minutes, but not for more.
Here are some ideas, derived from a Perl community page:
- Why my favorite practice is X.
- I want to do cool project X. Does anyone want to help?
- Successful Project: I did project X. It was a success. Here’s how you could benefit.
- Failed Project: I did project X. It was a failure, and here’s what I learned.
- Agile Heresy: People always say X, but they’re wrong. Here’s why.
- You All Suck: Here’s what is wrong with the Agile community.
- I need to find an X (a person, role, software, team, company…) can you help?
- Call to Action: Let’s all do more of X / less of X.
- A Funny Thing happened to me on the Way to Agile Australia.
- Wouldn’t it be cool if X?
- Someone needs to do X.
- Coaching Wish List
- Why X was a mistake.
- Why X looks like a mistake, but isn’t.
- What it’s like to do X.
- Here’s a useful technique that worked.
- Here’s a technique I thought would be useful but didn’t work.
- Intersections: I noticed this cool thing, maybe we should investigate it.
- Comparison of approaches X and Y.
- We should be paying more attention to X.
- I’ve never understood why we should do X.
- Strange rituals our team has adopted, lava lamps for build success indicators, soft toys for hitting each other, whatever
- Let me tell you a funny story.
Present on any topic for maximum of FIVE minutes long (no slides). The emphasis of these mini-presentations is on knowledge sharing, generating new ideas, and having fun!
What to submit a lightning talk? Email a topic title (ten words or less, no slides) to email@example.com with your contact details and the subject line “Lightning Talks”.