We want the conference to be largely self–organizing this year, so the submission process is suitably light weight.
Please send a very brief outline of your report to firstname.lastname@example.org You will receive a URL to a google document. Make sure that you include an email address corresponding to a google account (or let us know if the address you send from is the one to use). The document will be writeable by you and the committee and all other submitters. Develop your report there. As in past years we invite the community to collaborate together to help maximize the quality of all submissions. After the close of submissions the committee will make a selection of experience reports to be presented at the conference. The selected reports will be shepherded between acceptance and the conference.
Most of the duration of the conference (other than experience reports) will be OpenSpace. There will be Lightning Talks early in the day where people can publicize topics that they would like to discuss. We encourage people to engage in this way. There will be optional rehearsals at XtC in the weeks running up to the conference. You do not need to attend these to make a lightening talk at the conference. If you would like to have such a rehearsal, send a title and a google account email address to email@example.com You will be allocated to a rehearsal slot. We invite groups outside London to schedule rehearsals too, and are happy to help with scheduling those. There will be a google calendar with the slots shown.
Some kinds of session can benefit from some preparation of materials and some logistics on the day. For example, a workshop involving some sort of server, or extensive materials. There will be a limited number of time slots during the conference for such sessions. Please submit a brief outline to firstname.lastname@example.org indicting an email address associated with a google account. You will be sent the URL of a google document within which to develop your proposal in collaboration with other submitters. After the close of submissions these proposals will be assessed by the committee and suitable sessions will be selected for the program.
We have decided to extend the submission period, so submissions for experience reports, rehearsals and programmed sessions now closes on Friday August 8th 2008.
This year we want to de–emphasize sessions introducing Agile or Scrum or XP or TDD or... and promote topics of current interest to practitioners. We want the conference to be a forum in which the state of the art is advanced. That doesn't mean that only experts are welcome, or welcome to present. Experts have their failure modes, simple questions from journeymen often reveal the essence.
All are welcome, so get your thinking caps on!