ALE2011 Unconference in Berlin – Status Updates
When And Where?
Robert Buchholz made the very intelligent suggestion to add the date of the event to this post.
The conference will happen on September 7-9, 2011 in Berlin. Venue is being selected… And now we also have a website.
I’ll stop updating this page with sofa fellow changes and commitments now, as of May 22, 2011. Contents of this page has moved to the official ALE2011 site, specifically to Who’s in Charge? and the Sofa pages… If you make additional commitments or suggestions on this post, I’ll update the pages there.
It’s been only two weeks since the community decided to bring the ALE2011 conference to Berlin. As I posted last week, I’m organising that conference—the first gathering of the ALE network that will bring together idea farmers and practitioners from most European countries… Where Europe either means that your country is taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest or, that you contribute to the growth of the ALE network. So basically, this event is open to anyone interested, but constraints are tight to make sure we get the most diversity in speakers and participants regarding the number of countries involved. All of this information is still discussed, so please consider it as draft and give us your ideas through comments or on the LinkedIn group thread.
Who’s part of it?
A growing number of agile practitioners and linchpins committed to being part of the organising team:
- Marcin Floryan (@mfloryan, UK)—committed to lead the speakers and content (aka program) sofa
- Naveed Anis Khawaja (UK)—committed to support Mike facilitate the OS
- John McFadyen (@johnmcfadyen, UK)
- Mike Sutton (@mhsutton, UK)—committed to facilitate the OS
- Erik Lundh (not on Twitter, SE)—committed for exciter sofa
- Alexandru Bolboaca (@alexboly, RO)—committed for website and alien sofa
- Catia Oliveira (@catoliv, PT)—committed for exciter and planning sofa
- Monika Konieczny (PL)—committed for the spouse/kids sofa
- Olga Woronowicz (@olga_wo, PL)—committed for the spouse/kids sofa
- Sergey Dmitriev (@blackie6, NO)—committed for the program sofa
- Ivana Gancheva (@ivanagancheva, NO)—committed for the community and exciter sofa
- Jurgen Appelo (@jurgenappelo, NL)—committed for vision sofa
- Cesario Ramos (@cesarioramos, NL)
- Eelco Rustenburg (@eelco1969, NL)—committed for vision and exciter sofa
- Pierre E. Neis (@elPedroMajor, LU)
- Fabio Armani (@fabioarmani, IT)—committed for alien and exciter sofa
- Ken Power (@ken_power, IE)—not committed yet, industry partners sofa
- Inbar Oren (@inbaro, IL)—committed for speakers and content sofa
- Franck Depierre (@FranckDepierre, FR)—committed for speakers and content, and participants sofa
- Oana Juncu (@ojuncu, FR)—committed for vision and exciter sofa
- Pablo Pernot (@pablopernot, FR)—committed for PR sofa
- Angel Medinilla (@angel_m, ES)—committed for alien sofa
- Jaume Jornet Rivas (@jaumejornet, ES)—committed for community sofa
- Marc Clemens (@rainmakerSR, DE)—not committed yet, participants sofa
- Juliane Conradt (@julezwitschert, DE)—committed for PR sofa
- Christian Dähn (@da_chrish, DE)—committed for community sofa
- Grzegorz (Greg) Dziemidowicz (@dziemid, DE)—committed for volunteers sofa
- William Gill (@williamgill, DE)—committed for industry partners sofa
- Andrea Heck (@AgileAndrea, DE)—committed for industry partners sofa
- Jens Hoffmann (@jenshoffmann, DE)—committed for exciter sofa (he had the Muppets idea)
- Thorsten O. Kalnin (@vinylbaustein, DE)—committed for Alien sofa
- Gregory Keegan (@gregorykeegan, DE)—committed to student volunteer sofa
- Aleksey Kolupaev and Natalia Kolupaeva (DE)—committed to planning sofa
- Marc Löffler (@scrumphony, DE)—committed for exciter sofa (open to do more)
- Sven Röpstorff (@oedel, DE)—committed to participants sofa
- Wolfgang Wiedenroth (@wwiedenroth, DE)—committed, but not decided on sofa yet
- Yves Hanoulle (@YvesHanoulle, BE)—not committed yet
- Nick Oostvogels (@NickOostvogels, BE)—committed to community sofa
- Michael Laussegger (@ScrumVienna, AT)—committed for exciter and PR sofa
- Michael Leber (@michael_leber, AT)—committed for exciter and PR sofa
- and myself, Olaf Lewitz (@OlafLewitz, DE)
Even without counting the places of origin, these about 40 people cover 16 European countries… I created a Twitter list with the organisers I found on Twitter, please comment with your Twitter id if you want to join or dm me. And please add a comment if I forgot you. So many people contact me on Twitter, LinkedIn, email and personally and I couldn’t honestly keep track of all request. This is my try to get things sorted…
Those of you who are on this list: please comment to indicate your commitment, including the sofa you want to take. If I misspelled something, or your Twitter name is missing, please tell me…
How the Organising Works
We use Basecamp and MindMeister to organise the conference, the mind map is public and will be kept up-to-date as things progress. You’ll get a Basecamp account when you join the organiser team and take responsibility. Responsibility is not taken by chairs (like General Chair, Program Chair etc.) but by sofas to indicate team commitment. I’ll list current responsibilities for the various areas below and keep that updated.
Speakers and Content
The sofa fellows of the speakers and content sofa are:
They take responsibility to design a selection process that ensures
- coverage of (ideally) all European countries by the speakers
- that new content is favoured
- that all proposals include a video of a lightning talk
- that the community can vote
- that inexperienced speakers get a chance and find a mentor.
The program will consist of 30 minute talks in the morning and open space in the afternoon. The idea farmer Mike Sutton will facilitate the Open Space, and the grumpy old skeptic coach Rachel Davies kindly committed to giving a keynote! Maybe you want to suggest a topic in the comments?
Additionally, the sofa fellows will take care of the speakers during the conference.
Originally, we had a goal sofa… Then that was integrated into the exciter sofa which became a bit crowded. So now we end up with a vision sofa
The vision sofa fellows are:
The exciter sofa fellows are:
- Jens Hoffmann (of StrategicPlay fame, the Lego method we used to create the ALE vision)
Exciters have to take care of two things:
- spread the word about the conference and the ALE network and
- actually sit on a sofa on stage during the conference and challenge the speakers during their talks, Waldorf & Statler style, as from the Muppet’s balcony.
The alien sofa fellows are:
We want to include talks into the conference which come from outside the software development domain. If you know people from outside software development you want to give a talk at the conference, contact these guys. I’ll try to get Terry Pratchett to talk on “Granny Weatherwax as an Agile Coach, and Death as the final Change Agent”. The conference will sport a geek book shop.
The participants sofa fellows are:
- Marc Clemens
They sign responsible for the registration process, which will consist of three stages (draft):
- people can sign in up to a limit of 10 participants per European country (including organisers, not including speakers). European countries are those that participate in the ESC (see above). We guess that we get about 120-150 participants this way. This stage should start as soon as possible, hopefully by the end of the month.
- we invite people from less represented countries, or from countries outside Europe, to maximise diversity.
- open registration for everyone up to a limit of 200 participants.
Acceptance criteria will be made public.
Mike opted to facilitate the open space, and Naveed volunteered to support him. So now, we have two facilitator sofa fellows:
Jaume suggested to have a sofa responsible for the integration of local communities all over Europe. It’s his responsibility now to handle relations with the different existing communities all over the place.
The industry partner sofa fellows are:
- Andrea (Siemens)
- Ken (Cisco)
- Will (Nokia)
We are in touch with Google and other companies already as well. The fellows will make sure that companies who use agile and lean in Europe will pay attention to what we do, produce content for the conference and sponsor participation.
Similar to the XP conferences, our conference will be supported by a staff of student volunteers. The Student Volunteer sofa currently has one fellow only: Greg.
Greg was part of the volunteer team in Madrid and already started to poke around his peers… We want one student from each European country! (It’s allowed to actually live in Berlin, so I suppose that should not be a problem.)
The spouse/kids program sofa fellows are
- others we’re currently talking to:-)
They will take responsibility for the creation of an amazing off-conference program for the participants’ families. This might include a visit to the zoo (Berlin Zoo has the greatest diversity in species of all zoos in the world, that should be fun!) and will be heavily supported by the student volunteers.
The public relation sofa is currently fellowed only by:
Please join her! These fellows are taking care of questions regarding the conference, for instance from the press. I guess when more than 50 kids from more than 25 EU countries visit the Berlin Zoo, we might even make it to the front page of the local newspapers… They can obviously create more responsibilities for themselves!
The planning sofa fellows are:
They take care of milestones, cross-communication among the different other sofas and taking care of the local organisation and sponsors (with additional help by a professional conference organiser). Rally and Thoughtworks already offered to sponsor the conference.
How Can You Help?
As stated above, some sofas still need occupants, and most of them could use more. Comment on this post if you want to join the team. And please remember: even if you already are on that list at the top, take a few moments to state your commitment and your sofa in a comment, and double check I have your correct LinkedIn and Twitter references.
Finally, thanks to Jurgen for having this idea, and for letting me join the inner circle of ideators and communicators. Thanks to Michael Sahota for the amazing facilitation of Jurgen and me when we started connecting. Thanks Ken for your support. Thanks to the amazing crowd at XP2011 in Madrid last week for contributing all the awesome ideas! Thanks, Mike, my dear friend, for the offer to facilitate the open space:-) And, last but not least, thanks to Marcin, Oana, Cesario and Jule for an awesome Skype chat that got these ideas sorted. We’re organising a conference!.