Welcome

Agile Systems is a non-profit whose goals are to build up and disseminate knowledge and experience related to Agile methods and Systems Thinking.

The organisation operates mainly in The Netherlands and Belgium. We maintain ties with organisations and people worldwide who have the same interests.

Hi Folks!

The Agile Belgium Community is calling for speakers for the 3rd edition of Agile Tour Brussels, which will take place on October 31st, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.
What’s Agile Tour Brussels?
Agile Tour Brussels (http://www.atbru.be) is one of the biggest agile conferences in Belgium. Last year we gathered 180 attendees and speakers from Belgium, France, U.S, U.K, Luxemburg, Netherlands and Sweden to share our passion for Agile. The purpose of this conference is to gather in one place Agile practitioners and people wanting to know more about Agile.

At Agile Tour Brussels you will meet a mix of attendees who are either completely new to Agile, experienced or experts.
This year we’re going to have different tracks, and for each of these we’re looking for two kind of sessions: Interactive Talk (Presenter is speaking for most of the time with audience interaction) or Workshop (Primarily focused on hands-on participation with the audience).

Track 1: Experience reports.

Tell us your success or failure stories about Implementing Agile in Belgium (or in Europe), What is (not) working for you? If you’re an agile coach or facilitator, bring your client with you!

Track 2: Pragmatic Track

We’re looking for small changes or fundamentals, pragmatic things that work. How do you gather requirements? How do you run an outstanding retrospective? In this track your participants will learn something they can apply the day after. It can be technical, soft-skills or a process you use.

Track 3: Let’s Play together

This Track is for Agile Games and Serious Games. It’s also the opportunity to suggest “BootCamp” sessions like Introduction to [put Agile method here] or how to estimate with Agile,…

Track 4: Agile Management

What’s the role of Managers in Agile? What’s an Agile Manager? What’s an Agile organization? This track will cover subjects such as Management 3.0, Flat organizations, Evidence Based Management,…

Track 5: Various

Do you have a favourite subject you’d like to talk about, a kick-ass workshop you’d like to run, a theme you’d like to share? This track is for you!
All Agile methods are welcome: Scrum, XP, KanBan, Lean, Devops, Leadership, Lean Startup, Coaching, System thinking, Product Aspect, Agile outside IT.

We are looking for different levels of sessions: for beginners, practitioners and experts. We welcome experienced as well as new speakers.

How to submit a session?

To submit a session, fill in the form located here: http://at2014.agiletour.org/fr/callForSpeaker.html
(you can log into the website with your existing account or create a new one).

Tips for a successful submission:

  • Don’t forget to specify that you’re applying for Agile Tour Belgium – Brussels
  • Make sure you’re in the call of speaker of Agile Tour 2014 (links to the previous editions could still be active in the platform)
  • Specify the size of the audience you’d like to have for your session
  • Sessions must be in English
  • We would prefer to have session of 1 hour maximum

Deadline for submission: 10th of July 2014

All information about the event will be published on http://www.atbru.be
If you have any questions, feel free to drop an email at bruno@atbru.be

If you cannot make it, you can still support us by tweeting about #atbru, blogging, speaking about our event.

Thanks in advance for your support!
The Agile Tour Brussels Organization Team.

Call for Sessions XP Days Benelux 2014

XP Days Benelux 2014

XP Days Benelux is an international conference where we learn to bring software to life and grow mature systems that support business needs.

It provides an excellent environment for exchanging ideas, hands-on exercises and extreme experiences.

The best way to learn is to facilitate a session at XP Days. Why don’t you host a session?

What are we looking for?

What are you looking for? What would make it a WOW session for you and our participants?

We’re interested in:

  •  Experiences with new and old techniques. What worked; what didn’t? Why? What have you learned?
  • Unexpected ideas from other disciplines and sciences. How can we cross borders? What lessons have we missed? How can we collaborate better with people from other disciplines and departments?
  • Ask for help from other participants. What scary problems confront you and your team?
  • People from outside IT with an interesting story. What can we learn from their experience?
  • Pushing the limits of techniques and organisations, doing the “impossible”. How far can you go if you challenge commonly accepted assumptions?
  • Back to basics. What happens if we really take the Extreme Programming values of Simplicity, Commmunication, Feedback, Courage and Respectseriously?
  • Taking back agile. What does “agile” really mean to you and why is it important?
  • Questioning agile. Where, when and why would you not use agile methods? Why? What can we learn about context and applicability?

The XP Days community loves highly interactive sessions where everyone participates and learns from each other.

 How does it work?

Interaction and collaboration start from the moment you propose a session idea. From then on, organizers and session proposers work together to refine and improve your proposal. We’ll give feedback and provide opportunities for tryout. In return, we expect from you that you help others to turn their idea into a WOW session.

You don’t need to be an experienced presenter, you “just” need one good idea or question to start with.

We provide the following slot sizes:

  •  30 minute case study presentations
  • 75 minute interactive sessions, games or simulations
  • a small number of 2×75 minute workshops or hands-on coding exercises

Timeline

Date What happens? Status
17/05 Submit session ideas, improve them and provide feedback to others Busy
07/07 End of subtmissions. You can continue to improve existing proposals
11/08 You select the sessions you want to see in the program
22/08 The XP Days program committee creates the program based on your preferences and contacts presenters to announce accepted and rejected sessions
08/09 Program published
until the conference Keep improving your session, give feedback run tryouts of your session, work with the organizers to prepare for the conference

Send in a session proposal now

Mini XP Day Benelux

XP Days Benelux bannerWhat is ‘Mini’ XP Days Benelux?

Did you miss out on XP Days 2013 because the conference was sold out? Or the date didn’t suit you? Did you want to see some sessions again that you missed? Or perhaps you like to refer your colleagues and friends to attend that great session you experienced?
Mini XP Day is your second chance.

Program

Mini XP Day reruns 10 of the best sessions from last year’s program in 3 parallel tracks.We choose the sessions on the following criteria:

  1. The most popular XP day sessions among the participants
  2. Availability of the presenters
  3. Balance of subjects and session types

Behind the Scene

Take a look behind the scene see how the hosts select the program and plan the conference.

Location

The conference takes place on 16 May 2014 in Kapellerput in Heeze near Eindhoven, The Netherlands.We’ve reserved 20 hotel rooms at Kapellerput the night before the conference. Contact Kapellerput in time if you want to book one of the rooms.

Register now

Register now for the conference to profit from the early bird savings and to avoid missing out, because the conference usually sells out.

Would you like to present a session at the next XP Days?

The 12th edition of XP Days Benelux will take place on 27-28 November 2014 in the same location as Mini XP Day. Watch this space or register on the XP Days Benelux mailing list (by contacting us by email) to be alerted when the call for sessions for the conference opens.

See you there!