Lightning Talks

We want to use lightning talks to get people connecting with each other on friday night, before we start openspace on saturday morning.

What is a Lightning Talk?

Good question! Lightning talks appear to have originated at “Yet Another Perl Conference 2000″ (link, and have gradually spread to other technical conferences.

It’s an opportunity for you to talk for 1-3 minutes on the subject of your Position Papers or ANY topic that is on your mind or in your heart.

That’s all!

It’s very informal, low pressure and fun. Emphasis on FUN!

We do it before the openspace so it can help us discover each others’ ideas and learn more about each other 🙂

We want you to go: “Wow I must make sure to find her at lunchtime, or join her session!”

How does it work?

We assign a block of time, say 90 minutes. Anyone who wants to talk, will get three minutes
The timekeeper signals you to start, and starts his timer. You get another signal at two minutes, and again when your three minutes are up. You must then stop talking or risk being helpfully escorted off stage! 🙂

Need inspiration?

Here are some ideas, inspired by a Perl community page:

Why my favorite practice is X.
I want to do cool project X. Does anyone want to help?
Successful Project: I did project X. It was a success. Here’s how you could benefit.
Failed Project: I did project X. It was a failure, and here’s what I learned.
Agile Heresy: People always say X, but they’re wrong. Here’s why.
You All Suck: Here’s what is wrong with the Agile community.
I need to find an X (a person, role, software, team, company…) can you help?
Call to Action: Let’s all do more of X / less of X.
A Funny Thing happened to me on the Way to AgileCoachCamp.
Wouldn’t it be cool if X?
Someone needs to do X.
Coaching Wish List
Why X was a mistake.
Why X looks like a mistake, but isn’t.
What it’s like to do X.
Here’s a useful technique that worked.
Here’s a technique I thought would be useful but didn’t work.
Intersections: I noticed this cool thing, maybe we should investigate it.
Comparison of approaches X and Y.
We should be paying more attention to X.
I’ve never understood why we should do X.
Let me tell you a funny story.