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FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Information for prospective attendees

Can I Volunteer at this conference?

We are currently at capacity for volunteers for this year's conference. Please check back in Spring 2019 for information about next year.

Can I earn SEUs for Scrum Alliance for attending Agile DC?

Scrum Alliance Category A, Attending a Scrum Alliance Sponsored Event:

SEUs can be earned at a rate of one credit per hour of participation in Scrum Alliance Global GatheringsScrum Alliance Regional GatheringsScrum Coaching Retreats , and Scrum Alliance-Sponsored Events, as well as in Scrum Alliance-Endorsed User Group events and activities.

  1. Presenting, coaching, and attending sessions all count as SEU-eligible activities.

  2. Additionally, because Scrum Alliance recognizes the value in impromptu ("hallway") discussions at Scrum Gatherings, SEUs for attendance are earned at the same rate. A maximum of 8 SEUs may be earned per day.

When submitting SEUs, your options for Category A are:

  1. Attended Global Scrum Gathering®

  2. Attended Regional Scrum Gathering®

  3. Attended Scrum Alliance User Group Activity

  4. Attended Scrum Alliance-Sponsored Event

  5. Attended Scrum Coaching Retreat

  6. Attended Scrum Alliance CSP Retreat

  7. Attended Scrum Alliance Pre-Event or Post-Event Workshop

See more at the Scrum Alliance

 

Can I earn PMI PDU credits for attending AgileDC?

By attending sessions at AgileDC you may be able to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) for Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and other certifications from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Please consult the CCR Handbook from PMI for details. Make sure you keep your name badge and registration confirmation as documentation to submit to PMI.

Is there parking at the event?

Free parking is available in the parking garage near the Kellogg Conference Hotel on the campus of Gallaudet University. Overflow parking is available across 6th Street NE, off-campus at Union Market. We will email a parking permit to all registered attendees before the conference. Leave this permit visible in the dashboard of your car when parking for the conference.

 

Is there a group discount available?

No, we do not have any group discounts available. We have made the price as low as possible thanks to our generous sponsors and support of the volunteers. Also note that after all expenses are covered all funds are donated to nonprofit organizations.

 

Is there a reduced hotel room rate?

No, we typically do not have enough out-of town attendees to negotiate a discounted rates.

 

I still have questions. Who do I contact?

Please don’t hesitate to send us an email: info@agiledc.org.

 

Information for prospective speakers     

When will the call for speakers be announced?

Check back in early summer 2019 to submit for next year.

 

what kind of compensation do speakers receive?

Speakers for full 45-minute talks receive a free ticket to the conference. Speakers for 10-minute lightning talks receive a discounted ticket.

How does the committee review speaker proposals?

Everyone on the conference committee is encouraged to review sessions and some committee members review them all. During the individual reviews, committee members review and mark their individual recommendation as Accept, Maybe, or Reject with comments for each proposal. Later the committee discusses proposals together, starting with the highest rated proposals and making trade-offs based on topic, track, reviews, and intangibles such as originality to produce the best conference program we can.

What does the committee consider when reviewing speaker proposals?

Speaker selections are based on the quality of the proposal, the speaker's overall speaking and agile experience, alignment with the conference program, and responses to feedback on the submission system.  Public votes, comments and “likes” are taken into consideration, however, these are of less weight than other factors as they can be falsified. Additionally, the committee aims to promote a wide range of voices by selecting the best proposal from speakers with multiple submissions.

What are the chances of my proposal being selected?

Approximately 20% of submissions in 2018 were accepted while 80% were not selected. Unfortunately this means that some very good proposals didn't get selected. More detailed statistics can be found in the submission system.

How can speakers show their experience?

To show your experience, you can link to a LinkedIn profile, blog, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media. You can also provide links that show your experience related to the topic of the proposal and any involvement in the your local Agile community. It helps to provide details for previous talks, years of experience speaking at conferences, and other links within the proposal that can assist the committee in understanding your experience in public speaking and the topic of the proposal. Asking for details is part of our due diligence for building the best conference program for the attendees. Speakers who respond to comments from the committee and provide additional details shows both an understanding of the topic and interest to the reviewers.

What makes a good proposal?

A proposal abstract is for selling the audience on attending your session. The committee reviews each abstract and title as something that can be relevant, attention grabbing, and draw an audience from the attendees of AgileDC, such as a unique topic. A proposal outline/structure is for selling the reviewers on selecting it for the conference. The outline should describe the content, include concrete examples, display good time management, and, where applicable, balance dependence on theory and experience. Sometimes the outline/structure is bolstered by slides that are intended to be used for the topic. Between the abstract and the outline, submissions should be clear to the reviewers. If needed, a committee member may ask a follow up question for clarity, wanting more details to make a better decision and without those details the proposal can be considered incomplete. Here is an independent description of submitting a successful proposal.

 

What is the email notification frequency configuration?

The email notification frequency configuration controls how the Speaker Committee can  communicate with you. This should be set to either “Instant” or “Daily” to ensure timely communication. Instructions for change the configuration are on Confengine’s Account Management page.