The call for MHA 2015 session proposals has ended. This year’s speakers have been selected, as announced here.
Thanks to everyone that took time to submit a proposal. If your session was not selected, please consider submitting it for one of our monthly meetings or SIGs.
[Please note these updates: January 7, 2015 added proposal submission deadlines and related dates; January 13, increased character limits on Bio and Summary sections on submission form.]
Many volunteers on the MHA2015 organizing team continue to ramp up their efforts to put together another valued and successful conference for The Front Range Community, which includes the process of accepting, reviewing, and selecting proposals from potential speakers for presenting at MHA2015.
If you are interested in presenting at the MHA2105 conference, which will occur on Friday, April 3, 2015, please submit your proposal via this Session Proposals link.
This year’s themes include:
I) Leadership, Coaching, and Organizational Agility
II) Technical Agility and Quality
III) Agile Foundations
IV) Lean Practices
Key dates related to submissions:
- 02/06/2015 – early submission proposal deadline is Friday, February 6, 2015 (proposals received by 5:00 pm MST on this date will receive the highest consideration during the review and selection process).
- 02/13/2015 – late submission proposal deadline is Friday, February 13, 2015 (proposals received by 5:00 pm MST on this date will be given lower consideration, only if/as necessary, and with preference given to earlier proposals). [Proposals submitted after this date and time will not be considered.]
- 02/23/2015 – selection of proposals will be completed by Monday, February 23, 2015. Notifications will be sent via email to submitters of selected proposals by end of this date (MST).
- 02/26/2015 – submitters of selected proposals must confirm their acceptance via email by Thursday, February 26, 2015. Confirmations not received by end of this date (MST) will be considered “forfeited” and the speaking slot will be offered to a selected alternate.
Additional notes to consider:
- This year’s venue has changed so that we can accommodate more attendees than we’ve had in our previous four sold out conferences.
- The final schedule and the number of speaking slots are still being determined.
- When preparing your proposals, keep in mind that historically over 80% of our attendees are repeat visitors to this conference.
- As per the MHA Conference Goals (see Vision page), we encourage you to consider submitting a proposal in particular if:
- it reflects your actual experiences related to the above listed themes (ex. identified problem, analysis performed, proposed and selected solutions, and outcomes, learnings).
- you’ve presented this material before, even if only within your organization or at a smaller venue like a local user group, and feel confident and comfortable presenting it again but now to a broader community in a larger setting.
[Note: there are many in the local Agile Denver community who have presented at an Agile Denver monthly meeting or previous MHA, or at other user groups and conferences around the country. If you’re a bit inexperienced or unsure, we encourage you to leverage your networks and reach out to these connections, and seek a little mentoring and assistance, to help you with putting a little more polish to your proposal and presentation. This is an important part of the purpose behind MHA, and when it comes to presenting, a little iterative improvement and a little feedback goes a long way. We also encourage you to leverage the opportunity to present at an upcoming Agile Denver monthly meeting or at one of the associated SIGs (see Agile Denver Meetup About page), another great way to tune up a presentation.]
If you have any questions re: speaker proposal submissions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and one of our volunteers coordinating this effort will attempt to reply as soon as possible.
Submission Form Updated:
We updated the Submission Form to allow 500 characters for the Bio section and 750 characters for the proposal Summary section. If you submitted a proposal prior to 1/13/15, you can edit your proposal if desired. See this link for additional information related to editing your proposal.