XP 2021 Lightning Talk Submissions

June 14-18, 2021


Lightening Talk Submissions

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: March 31, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: April 23, 2021

All dates are defined as the end of the day anywhere on earth (AoE).

Call for Lightning Talks

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, and even to provoke and send wake-up calls.

They are 5 minutes 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.

The idea of lightning talks is to spark new energy in participants and to surprise them when they least expect it!

As the world changes more to remote and home working, how does this influence the agile way of work with intensive interaction and collaboration? How do you as a Scrum Master or Agile Coach keep people engaged in times of social distancing? Do you have new remote training insights to share? How do you as a Product Owner keep your product consistent with even your local team being remote? How do we as a community approach the future when remote work is here to stay? Will we need new organisations, structures, salary models?

Lightning topics can be on any 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.

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:

  • Taking the agile community forward
  • Relevance to educators and practitioners
  • Likelihood of sparking new insights and ideas
  • Enhance the conference themes

Proposals must be submitted electronically via EasyChair by March 31, in the form of a short narrative about your lightning talk topic, approximately half a page including reasoning for its acceptance. Slides or video are optional.

Program Committee

Co-Chairs Email

  • Maarit Laanti, Nitor Delta, Finland
  • Martin Kropp, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland


If you have any questions or comments, please contact the program chairs at xplightningtalks@agilealliance.org