XP 2020 Call for Agile Lightning Talks

JUNE 8-12, 2020

Copenhagen, Denmark


XP 2020 — 21st International Conference on Agile Software Development

An Agile Alliance Event

 June 8-12, 2020 Copenhagen, Denmark


Important Dates

  • Lightning talk submission deadline: February 28, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: March 13, 2020
  • Deadline to acknowledge acceptance: March 20, 2020

All dates are defined as AoE (Anywhere on Earth).

Lightning talks are short and intense talks on experiences, opinions, or ideas on Agile topics. They are meant to inspire the audience, open up discussion on difficult topics, or even to provoke and send wake-up calls.

They are 5 minute each followed by a 5 minute Q&A. These have the format of ”pitches”, like the ones delivered by co-founders of startups presenting their big idea in a very condensed format to investors.

Lightning topics will run across the different sessions, so they could be on any modern Agile or Lean topic: enterprise agility, scaling/ descaling Agile teams, servant leadership, coaching teams, facilitation techniques, Agile and happiness metrics, games, tools and processes, DevOps CI/CD pipelines, DevOps, etc.

The idea of lightning talks is to spark new energy in the last 30 minutes of a 90 minute session, to keep the session participants focused and motivated, and to surprise them when they least expect it!

To participate with a lighting talk, some experience in “pitching” and/or public presentation experience is advisable, but not a prerequisite. Your ability to tell your story in narrative form, with or without visuals, will be the key to success.

Proposals will be evaluated based on these criteria:

  • Novelty/wow factor
  • Relevance to educators and practitioners
  • Likelihood of sparking interesting discussions
  • Fit with the conference themes

Proposals must be submitted electronically via EasyChair by February 28, in the form of a short narrative of your lightning talk topic. Slides are optional.


Program Committee



If you have any questions or comments, please contact the track chair.