Agile Mumbai 2010

  Lightning Talks are thought-provoking, crisp, to-the-point-talks which are meant to generate some good ideas and become food-for-thoughts for the participants.

It's an opportunity for you to talk for up-to max 3 minutes on ANY topic related to our "Post-Modern Agile" theme that you think participants will find interesting. That's all! It's very informal, no slides, low pressure (be sure not to try to cram in everything you know!) and fun. Emphasis on KNOWLEDGE SHARING, GENERATING NEW IDEAS & LOTS OF FUN!

Lightning talks are great ice-breakers and helps people to network with like-minded people

How does it work?

At the end of the first day, we've assigned a block of 30 mins time. People who have voluntarily signed up for session online, will be called and they present their lightning talk. We run the 3-minute talks end-to-end for a most amazing avalanche of ideas!

In order to allow rapid changes between speakers, we discourage use of slides, though we might provide a single computer allowing you to project a pdf off your data key.

The timekeeper signals you to start, and starts her timer. If your slides are not ready when you are... the show goes on! You get another signal at two minutes, and again when your three minutes are up. You must then stop talking or risk being helpfully escorted off stage! :-)


Here's an article with tips from Mark Fowler for making a lightning talk. Just remember, ours are only 3 minutes, not five!

What can you say in 3 minutes?

Here are some ideas, inspired by a Perl community page:
  1. Why my favorite practice is X.
  2. I want to do cool project X. Does anyone want to help?
  3. Successful Project: I did project X. It was a success. Here's how you could benefit.
  4. Failed Project: I did project X. It was a failure, and here's what I learned.
  5. Agile Heresy: People always say X, but they're wrong. Here's why.
  6. You All Suck: Here's what is wrong with the Agile community.
  7. I need to find an X (a person, role, software, team, company...) can you help?
  8. Call to Action: Let's all do more of X / less of X.
  9. A Funny Thing happened to me on the Way to Agile India 2010.
  10. Wouldn't it be cool if X?
  11. Someone needs to do X.
  12. Coaching Wish List
  13. Why X was a mistake.
  14. Why X looks like a mistake, but isn't.
  15. What it's like to do X.
  16. Here's a useful technique that worked.
  17. Here's a technique I thought would be useful but didn't work.
  18. Intersections: I noticed this cool thing, maybe we should investigate it.
  19. Comparison of approaches X and Y.
  20. We should be paying more attention to X.
  21. I've never understood why we should do X.
  22. Let me tell you a funny story.


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