Conference Program Schedule

Keynote Speakers

Agile India 2017 Keynote Speakers

Isabel Evans – Independent Quality and Testing consultant

Isabel has more than thirty years of IT experience in the financial, communications, and software sectors. Her work focuses on quality management, software testing and user experience (UX), She encourages IT teams and customers to work together, via flexible processes designed and tailored by the teams that use them. Isabel authored Achieving Software Quality Through Teamwork and chapters in Agile Testing: How to Succeed in an eXtreme Testing Environment; The Testing Practitioner; and Foundations of Software Testing. A popular speaker and story-teller at software conferences worldwide, Isabel is a Chartered IT Professional and Fellow of the British Computer Society, Programme Secretary of the BCS SIGiST, and has been a member of software industry improvement working groups for over 20 years.

Joshua Kerievsky – CEO @ Industrial Logic Inc.

Joshua is a globally recognized thought leader in Agile and Lean software development. He is an entrepreneur, author and programmer passionate about excellent software and discovering better, faster and safer ways to produce it. As the founder and visionary leader of Industrial Logic, Joshua is currently defining what it means to practice modern agility. Modern agile practitioners work to Make People Awesome, Make Safety A Prerequisite, Experiment & Learn Rapidly and Deliver Value Continuously. Joshua is a sought-after international speaker, author of the best-selling, Jolt Cola-award winning book, Refactoring to Patterns, and a guru-level practitioner of Lean/Agile methods. His pioneering work in Agile processes has helped popularize Agile Readiness Assessments, Chartering, Storytest-Driven Development and Iterative Usability, many of which are now standard in Agile/Lean processes. He is an active blogger on forward-thinking, modern software topics with an edge.

Dave Thomas – Founding Director of Agile Alliance, Founder of YOW! Conferences @ Kx Systems

Dave Thomas, Chief Scientist/CSO, Kx Systems, Co-Founder and past Chairman of Bedarra Research Labs (BRL), creators of the Ivy visual analytics workbench and ACM Distinguished Engineer. Founder and past CEO of Object Technology International (OTI), becoming CEO of IBM OTI Labs after its sale to IBM. With a unique ability to see the future and translate research into competitive products, he is known for his contributions to Object Technology including IBM VisualAge and Eclipse IDEs, Smalltalk and Java virtual machines. Dave is a popular, humorous, albeit opinionated keynote speaker with an impressive breadth of business experience and technical depth. He is a thought leader in large-scale software engineering and a founding director of the Agile Alliance. With close links the R&D community Dave is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University in Canada and held past positions at UQ and QUT in Australia. He has been a business and technical advisor to many technology companies including Kx Systems. Dave is founder and chairman of the YOW! Australia and Lambda Jam conferences, and is a GOTO Conference Fellow.

Ron van Kemenade – CIO @ ING Bank

Ron van Kemenade is the global CIO for ING Bank. He is responsible for all information technology globally in ING, including IT strategy, architecture, IT development and operations. He has lead a very successful transformation of the global IT function, simplifying the technology landscape, introducing and maturing an agile way of working, and investing in the knowledge and competencies of the IT engineers.

He joined ING in 2003, first as head of internet banking for Postbank, later as director of retail channels and payments, and became CIO for ING Netherlands 2011. In March 2013 he was appointed global CIO for ING Bank.

Ron van Kemenade is awarded as CIO of the Year Netherlands 2016 and has recently been nominated for the upcoming European CIO of the Year 2017 award.

Nate Clinton – Managing Director @ Cooper

Nate is the Managing Director at the San Francisco office. In his role, he blends the decisiveness and collaborative skills of a product manager with the acumen of an economist to build bridges with people and organizations. Equal parts teacher and student, Nate leads initiatives in content creation, business development, and creative leadership.

At Cooper, he helped United Airlines find new ways to reward loyal customers, led an effort at GE Healthcare to create a strategy for the international expansion of a key product line, and designed solutions for workplace collaboration, delivering technology to schools, and the future of the connected kitchen. Before Cooper, Nate led design and product management at BuildZoom, and was a Director of Product Management at Thomson Reuters.

Mitchell Hashimoto – Founder and CTO @ HashiCorp

Mitchell Hashimoto is best known as the creator of Vagrant, Packer, Terraform and Consul. Mitchell is the founder of HashiCorp, a company that builds powerful and elegant DevOps tools. He is also an O’Reilly author. He is one of the top GitHub users by followers, activity, and contributions. “Automation obsessed,” Mitchell solves problems with as much computer automation as possible.

Jez Humble – Owner @ Jez Humble & Associates LLC

Jez Humble is co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler’s Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries’ Lean series (O’Reilly, 2015). He has consulted for many Global 500 companies to help them achieve technical excellence and deploy a culture of experimentation and learning. His focus is on helping organizations discover and deliver valuable, high-quality products. He is co-founder of consulting company Humble, O’Reilly & Associates, and teaches at UC Berkeley.

Check out the Full Speaker List.

Conference Themes

Broadly the conference is divided into the following independent parts:

Pre-Conference Workshop - March 6th

The conference sessions might not give you a very in-depth learning experience on the topics. To address this issue, we plan to host 5-8 workshops before the conference by our expert international speakers. This will help you get the insights directly from the experts.

Agile Mindset - March 7th

  • Creating a high trust environment where Agile values and principles can thrive
  • Good collaboration
  • Harnessing the knowledge of the team
  • Building teams that enjoy working together
  • 90 mins Hands-On Workshops

Agility at Scale - March 8th

  • Scaling Agile - Frameworks
  • People (career) & Performance Appraisals
  • Tools - Portfolio Management, Distributed Teams
  • 90 mins Hands-On Workshops

Lean Product Discovery - March 9th

  • Customer Development (Product Discovery)
  • Crafting MVPs & Safe-Fail Experimentation
  • Design Thinking
  • Lean UX
  • Lean Delivery
  • Actionable Metrics
  • 90 mins Hands-On Workshops

Continuous Delivery & DevOps- March 10th

  • Culture Transformation
  • Software Craftsmanship
    • TDD/BDD, CI, Refactoring
    • Evolutionary Design
    • Test Pyramid
    • Legacy Code
  • Cross-functional Team Collaboration
  • DevOps Tools - Build, Deployment, Monitoring
  • 90 mins Hands-On Workshops

Post-Conference Workshop - March 11th & 12th

Similar to the Pre-Workshops, we'll also host some workshops post the conference.

Confirmed Speakers

Agile India 2017 Confirmed Speakers.

Session Formats

  • 3 Mins Lightning Talks (10 Talks in one 30 mins slot)
  • 20 Mins Experience Reports (followed by 10 mins break)
  • 45 Mins Case Study (followed by 15 mins break)
  • 45 Mins Expert Talk/Demo (followed by 15 mins break)
  • 60 Mins Keynote
  • 90 Mins Hands-On Workshop/Tutorial

Experience Report authors have to write a 2-3 page report about their experience.

Case study authors have to write a 5-6 page report about the experience.

Like at Agile India 2014, we'll help the authors to write and publish these reports. They'll be available to all participants.

Important Timeline

Agile India 2017 Important Timeline.

Pre-Conference Workshop - March 6th

The conference sessions might not give you a very in-depth learning experience on the topics. To address this issue, we've planned the following workshops before the conference by our expert international speakers. This will help you get the insights directly from the experts.

  • Modern Agile Workshop by Joshua Kerievsky

    Much has changed since the publishing of the Agile Manifesto in 2001. Pioneers and practitioners of lean and agile methods have examined weaknesses and friction points, experimented with simpler approaches, and produced agile processes that are safer, simpler and far more capital efficient. The result is modern agile. It’s values-driven, non-prescriptive and an easier starting point than antiquated agile processes. Modern agile amplifies the values and practices of organizations that have discovered better ways to get awesome results. Are you still cramming low-quality work in the end of each sprint, struggling with growing technical debt, arguing about “definition of done” or frustrated that “management/product never gives us time to do it right?”

  • Quality in Use: The Beating Heart of the User Experience by Isabel Evans

    In today's business environment, the user experience and the commercial imperatives have become overwhelmingly important. As testers, it is vital that we understand quality in use and the user experience, in order that we focus our tests correctly.

    "Quality in Use" measures human, business, and societal impacts of products (usability, accessibility, flexibility, commercial, safety). This builds to a User Experience (UX) and are underpinned by technical and engineering qualities. For the people selling, supporting, or using the products, this is the beating heart of the customer experience. Without these "big picture" attributes, delivered software will not be acceptable, may result in reduced profits, and may not be legal. In the tutorial, Isabel will use examples from real projects to discuss how to design tests derived from the user personas, contexts of use, and acceptance criteria.

  • Agile Leadership: Accelerating Business Agility by Todd Little, Kent McDonald, Niel Nickolaisen

    Leaders today face constant, accelerating change driven by technology and incredibly high expectations from both internal and external. As IT leaders, we need to transform our roles and our departments. In this workshop, we focus on, teach and practice the tools of transformational leadership. After each part of the training, participants are ready to use the tools to re-define their roles and deliver what their organizations need – brilliant leadership.

  • Disciplined Agile in a Nutshell by Scott Ambler

    Disciplined Agile (DA) is an IT process decision framework for delivering sophisticated agile solutions in the enterprise. It builds on the existing proven practices from agile methods such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean software development, Unified Process, and Agile Modeling to include other aspects necessary for success in the enterprise. The one-day workshop is not technical and is suitable for all team members. The workshop is also valuable for management tasked with moving from traditional approaches to agile.

  • Leading Creative Ideation by Andrew Kaufteil and Nate Clinton

    Crack your head open and release a surge of creative ideas with engaging activities that promote clarity, inspiration, and buzz within your organization. We’ll cover methods and facilitation tools to ensure you run fruitful brainstorming sessions, leading your team to more and better ideas. You’ll learn to frame the problem you’re solving, come up with an exploration strategy, and facilitate the session, giving you and your team new ways to get inspired and energized when looking for solutions.

  • Analytics Driven Testing for Mobile Apps by Julian Harty

    Testing of mobile apps is easy to do poorly, however, we don’t need to be constrained by mediocrity. Instead let’s learn about the foundations of how mobile platforms and development technologies are used to create apps and how these are then interpreted by the devices the apps are installed on so that we know the sorts of bugs and problems that affect many mobile apps i.e. testing techniques that may be generally applicable to most apps.

  • The Art of Refactoring by Joshua Kerievsky

    Code that is difficult to understand, hard to modify and challenging to extend is hazardous to developers, users and organizations. Refactoring, or improving the design of existing code, is one of our greatest defenses against such code. Yet many programmers lack formal training in refactoring. Furthermore, management tends to lack knowledge about the value of refactoring. This one-day workshop is designed to address these needs.

  • NoEstimates? by Woody Zuill and Todd Little

    Let’s explore the purpose and use of estimates in the management of software development efforts, and consider possible alternatives. Why do we estimate and are we making estimates that are actually useful? In this session we’ll participate in some interactive information gathering exercises to see if we can gain a shared idea of our current understanding of the purpose and use of estimates. We will examine the nature of software development projects and explore some real data to shed light on the art and science of software estimation. Our exploration goal is to see if we can work together to come up with some ideas about improving on the traditional approaches to using estimates.

  • Continuous Delivery by Jez Humble

    Getting software released to users is often a painful, risky, and time-consuming process. The practice of continuous delivery sets out the principles and technical practices that enable rapid, low-risk delivery of high quality, valuable new functionality to users. In this workshop, Jez Humble presents an in-depth guide to the principles and practices behind continuous delivery and the DevOps movement, along with case studies from real companies and ideas to help you adopt continuous delivery and DevOps within your organization.

  • The Fast Foundation Workshop by Jeremy Kriegl

    Once upon a time, we had ‘Discovery’, ‘Define’, and ‘Design’. These phases let us explore the problem and the audience, while conceiving a holistic solution. Now we have sprints, complete with a backlog that seems like it appears overnight and a development team that is going to build with or without design to guide it. How do we continue to create great products? This 1-day workshop enables you to engage your clients and stakeholders to quickly define the key elements of your product or project, aligns the team, and identifies critical risks. When it is complete, everyone has a good idea of what is going to be built as well as what it will take to get there.

  • Enabling Company-wide Agility in a Dynamic World by Jutta Eckstein and John Buck

    Today companies are expected to be flexible and both rapidly responsive and resilient to change, which basically asks them to be Agile. Yet, doing Agile (the mechanics) is different from being Agile (the mindset). The mindset lets you apply flexible Agile patterns not only for software development teams but for whole company. In this workshop, we will examine what being Agile really means and how it can be implemented by combining principles from the Agile Manifesto, Sociocracy, Beyond Budgeting, and Open Space. We’ll draw on everyone’s experiences to show the path to transforming our companies into agile enterprises - from Board to janitor, offering concrete tools and methods that participants can apply right away.

  • Container-driven Continuous Deployment with Docker, Git, and Jenkins by David Laribee

    In the early 2000s, eXtreme Programming (XP) introduced agility to software engineers. Contemporary cultural and technical innovations - container technology, distributed version control systems, the proliferation of free and open source software, and the DevOps movement - have significantly expanded our possibilities.

    In this one day, hands-on workshop, we’ll build a modern continuous deployment pipeline based on Git, Jenkins, and Docker.

We've organized the following workshops in the past:

Agile India 2017 - Attendees Profile

Agile India 2017 Conference was happy to host 1469 Attendees from 17 different countries. The attendees belong to 201 different companies and play 368 different roles.

For detailed stats refer to Agile India 2017 Delegate Profile.

Agile India 2017 Attendees Profile

Agile India 2017 Attendees Country

Agile India 2017 - Speakers

We had 75 speakers from 13 different countries:

Agile India 2017 Conference Speaker Country

Agile India 2017 - Program Session Types

We had 93 distinct sessions across the following types:

Agile India 2017 Conference Session Types

Agile India 2016 - Attendees Profile

Agile India 2016 Conference was happy to host 1542 Attendees from 18 different countries. The attendees belong to 289 different companies and play 384 different roles.

For detailed stats refer to Agile India 2016 Delegate Profile.

Agile India 2016 Attendees Country Profile

Agile India 2016 - Speakers

We had 87 speakers from 18 different countries:

Agile India 2016 Conference Speaker Country

Agile India 2016 - Program Session Types

We had 119 distinct sessions across the following types:

Agile India 2016 Conference Session Types

Agile India 2015 - Attendees Profile

Agile India 2015 Conference was happy to host 817 Attendees from 26 different countries. The attendees belong to 165 different companies and play 270 different roles.

For detailed stats refer to Agile India 2015 Delegate Profile.

Agile India 2015 Attendees Profile

Agile India 2015 Attendees Country Profile

Agile India 2015 - Speakers

We had 73 speakers from 9 different countries:

Agile India 2015 Conference Speaker Country

With the following Agile Experience:

Agile India 2015 Conference Speaker Agile Experience

Agile India 2015 - Program Session Types

We had 90 distinct sessions across the following types:

Agile India 2015 Conference Session Types

Agile India 2014 - Attendees Profile

Agile India 2014 Conference was happy to host 1236 Attendees from 28 different countries. The attendees belong to 226 different companies and play 342 different roles.

For detailed stats refer to Agile India 2014 Delegate Profile.

Agile India 2014 Attendees Country Profile

Agile India 2014 - Speakers

We had 86 speakers from 12 different countries:

Agile India 2014 Conference Speaker Country

Agile India 2014 - Program Session Types

We had 87 distinct sessions across the following types:

Agile India 2014 Conference Session Types

Agile India 2013 - Attendees Profile

Agile India 2013 Conference hosted a total of 904 attendees from 25 different countries over the 4 days. These attendees has 320 unique roles representing 195 different companies.

For detailed stats refer to Agile India 2013 Delegate Profile.

Agile India 2013 Attendees Country Profile

Agile India 2012 - Attendees Profile

The Agile India 2012 Conference was fully SOLD OUT. We have 750 delegates from 21 Countries attending the conference with 337 unique Roles from 228 different Companies.

For detailed stats refer to Agile India 2012 Delegate Profile.

Agile India 2012 Attendees Country Profile

Agile India 2012 - Program

We hosted total of 12 Stages, 120 Sessions, 125 Speakers from 18 Countries. Detailed stats below:

Agile India 2012 Conference Stages

With a wide variety of session types:

Agile India 2012 Session Types

63% of session targeted at practitioners:

Agile India 2012 Conference Session Levels

Large number of 60 and 90 mins sessions:

Agile India 2012 Conference Session Duration

Agile India 2012 - Program Team

We had an extremely good team of 111 program committee members from 21 Countries who reviewed all the submission and selected the conference program:

Agile India 2012 Conference Program Committee

Agile India 2012 - Speakers

We had 120 speakers selected through the open submissions system and 5 invited speakers:

Agile India 2012 Conference Speaker Country

Call for Proposals

You can submit your proposals under these four broad categories:

  • Agile Mindset
  • Agility at Scale
  • Lean Product Discovery
  • Continuous Delivery & DevOps

* The Conference Theme page contains details on themes and session formats

Review Process

Interested speakers are requested to submit their proposals directly on our Proposal Submission System.

Kindly note that all proposals are public. Registered users of the Submission System can view and comment on your proposal. Please reply to the comments to provide clarifications, explain revisions and respond to questions. The Program team will assess how well you respond to comments and update your proposal to incorporate public suggestions. The ultimate decision to accept a session resides with the Program team.

Your proposal stands the best chance for selection if it is unique, fully flushed, and ready-to-go. Please ensure you have read:

To encourage early submissions and iterative improvement of proposals, we start accepting proposals as soon as we find them a good fit. Since competition gets tougher with progressing time, it is advisable to avoid waiting till the last minute for proposal submission.

We Value

In terms of the overarching themes or values in proposals, we look at the following criteria during selection:

  • Diversity - As a conference, we wish to be more inclusive (Different approaches, frameworks, gender, countries, background etc.).
  • Balance - We strive to strike a great balance between different types of presentations (Expert talks, experience reports, tutorials, workshops, etc.) and experiences that speakers bring to the conference.
  • Equality - We truly encourage students and women speakers. However, this does not mean that we are biased and we select just about any proposal based only on the fact that it came from a student or female speaker. Nevertheless, if we have to make a choice between one out of two equal proposals, we will pick the one proposed by a student or female speaker.
  • Practicality - People come to a conference to learn, network, have an experience and leave the conference feeling motivated. Proposals that facilitate this are therefore always preferred. Though some theory is good, if the proposal lacks practical application, it does not really help participants.
  • Learning - People learn more by doing rather than listening. Therefore, the winning proposals are those that take people on a learning journey and incorporate an element of "learning by doing".
  • Opportunity - We strive to ensure that the conference has a minimum of 70% rock solid speakers. Nonetheless, we give equal opportunities to new and promising speakers having real potential.
  • Originality - It is true that people usually prefer hearing about an idea from its original creator rather than someone else. However, you may take an idea, tweak it in your context, and gain some insight(s) while doing so - People also like to hear first-hand experiences from those who are not creators of the original idea. Ultimately, we are looking for thought leadership.
  • Radical ideas - We have great respect for people who want to push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Given that we lean towards unconventional ideas, we try our best to support such people and bring greater awareness to their work.
  • Demand - Votes on a proposal and the buzz on social media give us an idea about how many people are really interested in a certain topic. Understanding that votes can be gamed, we have a system in place that can eliminate some bogus votes and use different types of patterns to give us a decent sense of the real demand.

We Expect

Here are some basic/obvious pointers we expect when we look at a proposal (that fits into our value system) in the submission system:

  • Is the Title matching the Abstract?
  • Under the Outline/Structure of the session, will the time break-up for each sub-topic do full justice to the topic?
  • Is there a logical sequencing/progression of the topics?
  • Has the speaker selected the right session type and duration for the topic? For instance, an hour long talk may sometimes get boring
  • Has the speaker selected the best matching Theme/Topic/Category for the proposal?
  • Is the target audience specific and correct, does it match with the session level?
  • Are the learning outcomes clearly articulated? 3-5 points, one per line, is ideal
  • Based on the Outline/Structure, will the speaker be able to achieve the learning outcomes?
  • Based on the presentation link, does the speaker have good quality content and a great manner of presentation?
  • Based on the video link, does the speaker have good presentation (edutainment) skills? Will the speaker be able to hold the attention of a large audience?
  • Based on the additional links, does the speaker have excellent subject matter expertise and thought leadership on the proposed topic?
  • Are the Labels/Tags meaningful?

We Select

A proposal stands the best chance for selection if it is unique, fully flushed and ready-to-go.

If you are a speaker, please provide links to your:

  • Previous conferences or user group presentations
  • Open source project contributions
  • Slides and videos of (past and present) presentations; other conferences; local user group or internal office meetings
  • Blog posts/articles on relevant topics
  • Any other relevant material

During selection, we not only pay attention to the proposal's quality, but also to the quality of the speaker. We assess if the speaker will be able to effectively present and share his/her knowledge with others. Therefore, past speaking experience (Shared via videos and slides) is crucial.

In case you do not have a video from any past conference presentation, try setting up Google Hangouts in one of the upcoming local user group/internal office meetings where you are presenting and share the link with us. This will give the committee a feel of your presentation skills and subject matter expertise.

Compensation for Speakers

Session Duration Compensation
90 minutes 1 Free Conference Registration + 2 Hotel Nights
45 minutes 1 Free Conference Registration + 1 Hotel Night
20 minutes 1 Free Conference Registration
Less than 20 minutes No Compensation

The compensation indicated above is for primary speakers only. Co-presenters can avail a 50% discount on registrations. Hotel nights are capped at four nights for speakers with multiple accepted sessions, it cannot be accumulated beyond this nor transferred to another person. Also, free registrations cannot be accumulated or transferred.

Contact [email protected] for the discount code for the other conference days.

Tips and Guidelines

  1. Summary: The summary must exude excitement, be convincing, and sell. Since it is the only thing attendees see, it should be created in a way to draw them into your session instead of the numerous others that they can visit at the same time. Attendees should also be able to show the abstract to their manager/team and easily make them understand the value of the session.
  2. Catchy title: A catchy title helps build a stronger mental model and focus the session's abstract better. It is however important to recognize the thin line between catchy and corny.
  3. Sell yourself: Reviewers should be confident that you are a good presenter and that you will successfully facilitate the session. It is best not to assume that you can cruise on your reputation, since all reviewers will not know you well enough to judge. Remember to include links to other material/websites that may be instrumental in validating yourself as a great presenter.
  4. Prior experience with sessions: Share your prior experiences giving sessions - Include links to slides, videos or people's blogs about those sessions. If you plan to do a test run at the local user group, mention the same - It makes a huge difference to the reviewers' confidence about the quality of delivery.
  5. Co-presenters: After about 5-10 minutes, maximum 20, of continuously hearing someone's voice, people become habituated and tune out. Therefore, for long presentations, after 90 minutes, having a second presenter is a good idea. Switching presenters prevents the audience from tuning out.
  6. Interactivity: Even a 60-minute talk requires some interactive elements - An event, exercise, or discussion to help attendees integrate the acquired knowledge and make it their own. Spell out the names/short descriptions of the activities and discuss how the participation will pan out.
  7. Have a plan: Having a minimal plan is necessary so that the reviewer gets an idea about how productively you will spend your limited time budget. The length of a desired session is directly proportional to the amount of details you need to provide.
  8. Clarity: Create a clear statement of what the attendees will do or expect, and what will be done in the session. Proposers sometimes err by focusing so much on selling their ideas in a catchy way, that it remains unclear on what exactly will be done in the session.
  9. Clear learning objective: Clearly state how the lives of attendees will become better, more effective, and more enjoyable as a result of attending the session.
  10. Slides/Videos: The presenter's presentation style and past experience in presenting is as important as the topic itself. For the Program committee to correctly gauge the speaker's presentation skills, providing slides and videos links is extremely important. If you do not have slides/videos of the topic you are proposing, try providing links to something you have presented in the past.
  11. Enjoyment: Make the reviewer feel that the attendees will really enjoy themselves during the session. At best, they should learn specific concepts, skills, principles, approaches, and frameworks.
    Also, the amount of material taken away should not be overwhelming. As one reviewer rightly said, "At the end of the day, what I'm looking for is something that gets my juices flowing and makes me want to fight for a place in the session."
  12. Questions: It would be appropriate to pose questions to reviewers and give us options for adjusting the proposal.
  13. Language:
    Do's Don'ts
    Active language Passive language
    "Learn/experience..." "This session allows you to learn..."
    Words/phrases like "Master", "Learn", "Experience", "Do", "Participate" Words like "Might", "Could", "Intend"
    "As you participate, you learn..." "You can participate"
  14. For experience reports and case studies: Background context is essential. Tell us the story arc of the experience, lessons learned, challenges, whether you have empirical evidence or anecdotal experience, etc.

Official Host for Agile India 2017

Hotel ITC Gardenia, a 5 Star Luxury Business Hotel, located in the heart of the city.

ITC Gardenia
No.1 Residency Road, Bengaluru - 560025, India
Tel : +91-080-22119898
Fax : +91-080-22119999

Special Discount for Conference Attendees

We've worked out a special discounted price of 9500 INR + Taxes (Single Occupancy) and 11500 INR + Taxes (Double Occupancy) for Towers Room Category.

These rates are available till 17th Feb 2017. Post that subjected to availability of the room.

All reservation requests should be emailed to [email protected] CC [email protected]

Subject: Agile Conference March 2017 Requirement

VISA for Entering India

e-Visa Facility is available for passport holders of following countries/territories:

Albania, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hongkong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d'lvoire, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

We recommend that all foreign delegates, speakers as well as participants, apply for this visa, three-months before your arrival in India. This is the safest, cheapest and most hassle-free visa.

While filling your visa application online, please use the contact person's details as:

Ms. Suchismita Mukherjee,
M.I.C.E. Coordinator,
ITC Gardenia
#1, Residency Road, Bengaluru - 560 025, India
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +91 80 4345 5219

Citizens from other countries need to apply for a tourist or business visa at their nearest Indian Embassy. Please request an invitation letter from us, and start your visa process at least two months prior to your departure to India.

Please do not apply for Conference Visa. It is only applicable for government-run conferences.

Here's how you can help the Agile India Conference:

  • Submit proposals: We would love to hear your first-hand experience with Agile and Lean methods - Consider submitting a proposal to share your experience on a specific topic. We look forward to receiving some great proposals from you!
  • Encourage others to submit proposals: Know an agile practitioner/expert with good presentation skills and deep insights? Please encourage them to submit a proposal.
  • Register for the Conference: We give equal importance to our conference delegates as to the conference program itself. This is evident from the fact that International Speakers from our past conferences have consistently praised the quality of participants we have drawn into the Agile India Conference. Also, the quality of interactions and questions at all our conferences have always been par excellence. And we want to raise the bar further!
  • Spread the word: Since 2004, Agile India Conferences has thrived on word-of-mouth publicity - And we solicit your assistance in helping continue this trend. Click the "Spread the Word" link on the left menu for further details on how you can help.
  • Sponsorship: Right from its inception in 2004, Agile India has been a community-run, non-profit event. Our corporate sponsorship tie-ups enable us to keep ticket prices low for attendees, cover costs of flying in international speakers, cover expenses of venue, food, beverages, T-shirts, and more. Know how you can become a sponsor.

The Program Team

The Conference Program is the heart of the conference and your help will go a long way in enabling us to put together a rock-solid program.

The Review team is responsible for rendering feedback to the speakers to help them fine tune their proposals. The Review team's goal is to improve the overall quality of proposals via continuous reviews.

The Core team is responsible for selecting proposals and putting together the conference schedule. The Core team's goal is to ensure that the conference program exceeds the delegates' expectations.

Although we have selected the Program team via a public call for volunteers, we are open to adding new members to the team based on their actual contributions via our Submission system. Depending on your contributions to the Submission System, you will get selected automatically as a reviewer by the system. If you consistently contribute as a reviewer, you will get selected as a Core team member.

We believe in a merit-based system where everyone is given a fair chance. We look forward to your valuable participation!

Contributing Via the Submission System

To begin with, please visit the Submission System and review the proposals to check if the following points are being covered:

  • Does the Title match the Abstract?
  • Under the session's Outline/Structure, will the time break-up for each sub-topic do full justice to the topic?
  • Is there a logical sequencing/progression of the topics?
  • Has the speaker selected the best matching Theme/Topic/Category for the proposal?
  • Has the speaker selected the right session type and duration for the topic? For instance, an hour long talk might sometimes get boring
  • Is the target audience specific and correct, does it match with the session level?
  • Are the learning outcomes clearly articulated? 3-5 points, one per line, is considered ideal
  • Based on the Outline/Structure, will the speaker be able to achieve the learning outcomes?
  • Based on the presentation link, does the speaker have good quality content and a great manner of presentation?
  • Based on the video link, does the speaker have good presentation (edutainment) skills? Will the speaker be able to hold the attention of a large audience?
  • Based on the additional links, does the speaker have excellent subject matter expertise and thought leadership on the proposed topic?
  • Are the Labels/Tags meaningful?

While looking at the proposals, please feel free to leave suggestions for the speaker to improve their proposal(s). In some cases, you may need to seek clarifications to understand the proposal thoroughly. This would not only help the speaker(s) refine their proposal(s), but would eventually lead to superior quality presentations as well.

Your vote matters! - If you like a proposal and want to ensure it gets selected for the conference program, please vote for it.

What can you do to spread the word and be our Brand Ambassador?

  • Regularly communicate (Tweet/Email/Blog) about updates from the conference. This will help people in your network know about and gain interest in the conference
    • Handle - @agileindia
    • Hashtag - #AgileIndia2017
  • If you are active on certain mailing lists, user forums, meetups, etc., kindly spread the word about the conference
  • Share the conference overview presentation or (pdf version) within your office/network
  • If you know any journalists who could help us publish information about the conference, please connect us with them
  • Do let us know about any other ideas or suggestions you might have - We would love to hear from you

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Program Team

This conference is organized and managed by:

Agile FAQs Technology Pvt. Ltd.
No.20, 12th Cross, Cubbonpet,
Bengaluru - 560002, India
Ph No: +91 80 41244690
Email: [email protected]

For the past 12 years, to help grow a sustainable software community, we've organized over 50 conferences world-wide.

AgileFAQs was founded by Naresh Jain to help organizations embrace, scale and sustain essential Agile and Lean thinking.

Checkout the various conferences that we've organised so far at

This conference is presented by:

Agile Software Community of India
27 Srinilaya, 3rd Floor, Between 10th and 11th cross
Margosa Road
Bengaluru 560003.

Agile Software Community of India (ASCI) is a registered society founded by a group of agile enthusiasts and practitioners from companies that practice Agile Software Development methodologies.

ASCI is formed to create a platform for people from different software organizations to come together and share their experience with Software development methodologies. ASCI's focus is Agile and related light weight methodologies/philosophies. ASCI evangelizes itself to be a facilitating body which fosters and innovates lightweight methodologies in software development in India. ASCI is working with Universities and Student chapters to increase Agile awareness within the academic circles.

Core Principles behind Agile India Conference

  • Quality OVER Quantity: At Agile India, we believe in staying small and providing a richer experience to the participants. Its never about how many talks we can jam into the program or how many participants we can gather. Its about building a strong, sustainable community.
  • Zero Marketing: You cannot pay to get a speaking slot. Conference talks are never sold to sponsors. All talks have to go through our public submission system.
  • Respect Privacy:The conference participant database is never sold or given to sponsors. We respect and protect your privacy.
  • Equal Platform: Right from 2004, Agile India has maintained an independent/neural stand, when it comes to various Agile Methods, Tools, Certifications, etc. At Agile India, each of us might have our preferences/opinions, but we ensure, we provide an equal opportunity platform to everyone, who wants to present at the conference.
  • Moderately Priced: At Agile India we strive really hard to make the conference affordable. Our aim is to ensure that interested participants should be able pay out of their pocket, without having to depend on their company for sponsorship.
  • Networking: At Agile India you will learn as much (if not more) by meeting other practitioners, making connections with them, sharing your ideas, and building a strong community.
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