Steve Smith


I’m Steve Smith and I’m the Programme Chair for the Lean Agile Scotland 2020 programme. I’m delighted to say our Call For Submissions is now open, and will be open until midnight on 6th March 2020.

Lean Agile Scotland 2020 will run 7-9 October 2020, at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh. First run in 2012, Lean Agile Scotland is a different kind of conference for Lean and Agile practitioners. Our aim is to grow and sustain a community of needs, that seeks out better questions as well as better solutions. We want to encourage our participants to tackle new, challenging ideas, and share their knowledge with others.

We’re looking for speakers who can cover new and old Lean Agile topics. You don’t need to be an expert, but you do need to be curious. In recent years, we’ve had speakers talk about compartmentalised empathy, neurodiversity, and complexity theory, as well as more mainstream topics such as mob programming and impact mapping.

We are committed to improving participant and speaker diversity, and creating a safe space for everyone to enjoy Lean Agile Scotland. We ask participants, speakers, sponsors, and our event team to adhere to our Code of Conduct. We also have a blind submission process to reduce reviewer bias. Your name, organisation, and other fields with personal information will not be shared with session reviewers. Sessions are assessed entirely on their merits.

There’s good advice online on writing submissions, such as Bridget Kromhout’s Give Actionable Takeaways. If your submission has an appealing (yet descriptive) title, a detailed narrative relevant to the event, and participant takeaways it’s got a good chance of being selected. Our 20192018, and 2017 programmes indicate the kind of sessions we accept, but what’s new and what’s next are important as well.

We hope to see you at Lean Agile Scotland 2020!

Steve Smith

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