Scrum Gathering®

February 25 - 26, 2021. Cape Town, South Africa

Call for Papers Information

Submitting a session to SGZA21

We are currently looking for speakers to present talks and workshops that embrace simplicity in our community of Agilists.

All accepted speakers and co-speakers will be eligible for a ticket to attend the full conference. We have a generous travel and accommodation policy, detailed in our Speaker Terms and Conditions below.

Please ensure that you have familiarised yourself with the conference Theme, Tracks, Code of Conduct, and Speaker T&Cs before you make a submission. By making a submission into the SGZA 2021 system, you’re declaring that you have full knowledge of the content below:

Ready to submit? Propose your session in our Call for Paper tool below!

SGZA21 Submission Timeline

21 July 2020: Call for Paper opens!

30 September 2020 midnight : CfP closed for submissions - submissions cannot be edited thereafter

23 October 2020: Inform successful speakers.

31 October 2020: Finalise confirmed speaker list.

7 November 2020: Programme announced!

SGZA21 Theme: Embracing Simplicity

In a world in which complexity seems to be rapidly increasing, how do we embrace simplicity and effectively maximize the amount of work not done in our approaches?

This year we’re looking for perspectives and insights that embrace the avoidance of waste and reduce overt complexity to achieve ultimate sophistication.

We’d like to explore opposing positions, discover unexpected views and leave with a slightly more open, inclusive view of the world.

There is so much knowledge and wisdom in our community - we’re looking for speakers and attendees that will help us to create a conference which not only creates a safe space to learn but deep dives into what it means to embrace simplicity as an Agilist.

We value:

We want to be sure:

You don’t need to achieve all the points above, but if you don’t hit at least a few of them, you need to give it more thought.

How to get rejected: (Thanks to Let’s Test SA for inspiring us to clarify the CFP in this style)

In addition to the above guidelines, please take a look at two past examples of good submissions for a talk and workshop respectively.

Our Topic Tracks

The questions included below are to stimulate ideas and to help clarify the focus of the track. They aren’t meant to be restrictive.

Breaking Down Barriers:

This track will offer the attendees simple and practical ways in which we can break down the invisible wall between new ways of working and traditional ways of working. We want to share some of the realities that we face every day and present ways in which we have overcome challenges in our organizations.

Back To Basics:

The Back to Basics track will offer attendees the opportunity to discover and explore ideas, techniques, and concepts that solve problems in their simplest form. This track aims to share the foundational knowledge needed for Agility to thrive.

Communication & Collaboration:

This track aims to offer attendees the simplest proven and practical ways to improve communication and achieve effective collaboration. We encourage you to share your experience coaching, mentoring or facilitating both in-person and distributed improvements.

Leadership Excellence:

The Leadership Excellence track will offer attendees an insightful look into what excellence in leadership means, and how they can support, empower or create Leadership Excellence. We want to know more about the ways that Embracing Simplicity in leadership can promote excellence in Agile?

Additional Information

A workshop versus a talk

A good guideline for a workshop is that the time you will be speaking needs to be 40% or less of the total session time, with the remainder of the time to be used for participant activities (doing an exercise or activity or interacting with other attendees). Workshops are typically 90 mins in length with talks being 45mins.

We pride ourselves on hosting a conference where all speakers respect each other, and the audience, allowing us to run on schedule.

A lightning talk

A lightning talk is short and punchy - just 15 minutes - including a quick intro from the room’s facilitator and any Q&A.

A lightning talk doesn’t need to offer a solution, it can be designed to start a conversation, spark ideas and get people thinking or it could be sharing something interesting you’ve experienced.

Equipment available

Each room is equipped with a projector, a flipchart with markers, sticky notes and pens.

The rooms are generally laid out with tables and chairs in banquet style.

If you require any specialised items or room settings, please list these in the ‘notes’ section of Sessionize and we will try to accommodate you. We cannot guarantee this, so we will remain in contact with you while managing logistics.

Frequently Asked Questions

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