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Agile India 2012 Conference Feedback

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Things that the participants liked/worked well:


  • Diversity among the speakers was fantastic. (148 expert practitioners from 18 Countries)
  • Speakers from various parts of the world made the conference very rich and most of them were hands on people. discussions were very productive.
  • Good mix of presenters – experienced vs. practicing, Indian vs. International, etc.
  • Speakers mix (national and international both). Great variety of speakers
  • Great agile spirit presented in Naresh’ welcome speak 🙂
  • None of the talks were marketing oriented.
  • Majority of the time, folks with Hands-on experience (and not academicians) were speaking
  • More participation from Agile practitioners than Agile Sellers
  • Calibre of local Bangalore speakers was excellent. I had no idea we had such high-quality speakers in India
  • High quality and moving key note session from Freeset.
  • Good setup for the review of speakers and the fact that speakers were chosen months before the conference started. It could have been better, but it was a good experience for me.
  • Mix of people from start ups and great organizations(This helps us understand the people with core knowledge and also the people who define the trend).
  • Good to interact with quality speakers from all over the world
  • Large number of non-Indian / non-US speakers that speaks about the diversity of Agile implementations.
  • Most of the speakers were fantastic. Frankly best technical conference I have attended in Bangalore.
  • International quality speakers (people invited from around the world)


  • The proper amalgamation of workshop, practice talk, introductory talk and expert talk
  • Variety of experienced topics and amount to practitioner topics where people shared real experience rather than how it should have been textbook gyaan.
  • It covered most of the Agile aspects & most of the sessions were interesting.
  • Spoiled for choice. Had a difficult time choosing which session to attend.
  • Workshops were very effective and engaging
  • No frills – No ceremonial processes such as introduction, session chair, summery etc.
  • Lightning talks gave a forum where young speakers could also get a chance to talk
  • Research Presentations and experience reports were very good
  • Conference consisting of Various tracks (Leadership, Experience..).
  • Great to hear the individual experiences(Experience report)
  • Three streams going in parallel (introductory, practicing & expert)
  • Mix of various topics from leadership to programming practices.
  • Having workshops where people could “feel” the topic and learn quickly


  • Participants across multiple cultures, countries, companies.. (750 participants from 21 countries working for 230 odd companies..wow!)
  • Quality of Audience (attracted the right mix of people – hard-core techies, managers, company owners, etc)
  • Opportunity to see what is happening outside India not having to travel outside India.
  • Lots of smart people. I was learning constantly, whether I was in a session or networking outside.
  • The volume of discussions, it’s a choice within a choice. A must have going forward.
  • Excellent selection of tracks and organization by stages
  • Excellent networking opportunities
  • Almost all the attendees were very collaborative
  • I was blown away by the passion of the organizers and participants
  • Looking at the crowd, I could not believe this was being held for the first time
  • Wide spectrum of participants brought good cultural mix
  • Excellent and very knowledgeable and participative attendees who added value to the talks
  • The crowd – amazing global audience
  • Opportunity to meet & interact with people from different organizations
  • Good Q&A
  • The speakers to delegate ratio was fantastic.


  • Personal attention given to take care of every need of the speakers by the organizers from the beginning was something I’ve never seen in any other conferences and logistics were up to standard.
  • Great turnout – the conference is eventually known by the enthusiasm and feedback from its attendees, even more than the lineup of speakers.
  • And off-course the enthusiasm of volunteers and the punctuality was superb
  • Organizing the whole program, guess no single Talk/Session was changed, cancelled or rescheduled.
  • Attention to details – best organized conference attended so far
  • Excellent Event Management
  • Keep up the good location!! That means a lot for a conference:-)
  • Good event handling, lot’s of information everywhere. Nice location (although a little pricy for non-speakers).
  • Good website with lots of relevant information (especially the program). Good use of social media (blogs, twitter) before the conference.
  • Meticulous arrangements. Began and ended on the dot for most part.
  • Detailed Schedule Was provided to each participants, so that they could clearly schedule their time !!
  • Several tracks –so we had the chance to opt out of Non interesting sessions.
  • Thank you! I really enjoyed be part of the conference. I really appreciate: Good speakers, Friendly people around and Tasty food
  • Information flow – right from pre conference mails, to the finish. Hence, there was no confusion.
  • Simplicity of it all – the participants, the organizers, the content.
  • Choice of venue – centrally located, easy to access, spaces that were created within…be it the coffee shop, boardroom, open space etc
  • By and large, the whole event management was extremely smooth. I didn’t come across any major issues.
  • Three days was actually a good length of the conference. Agile 2011 at Salt Lake City felt long, but this was the right size. My personal opinion is to retain the format.
  • Organization – Right from the submissions till the agile program guide sent a day ahead
  • Time management – On dot start and ending of sessions.
  • Timeliness – All sessions were held as per the schedule
  • Display of Topic Info on each conference room entrance.
  • Greatly appreciate all the hard-work and passion of organizers
  • Collaboration with the vendors. The booth space could use improvement, but the ability to talk in-depth with them was helpful.

What could be improved:


  • The star speakers with big names and titles did not offer much – they were regurgitating old stuff; whereas I found the young practitioners had more to say….
  • Time Management from some Speakers were not proper. Most of the time, because of shortage of time, the crux of the session was expedited or never discussed.
  • Some of the sessions had very open ended discussions & workshops which could be more informative & address some agile related issues.
  • Better panel discussion ( they got the right members but the discussion was not good enough)
  • Workshops conducted in the limited time were very superficial, they should be made more effective in the available time or dropped
  • There were 3-4 talks which I attended where the speaker had to rush through the slides as the initial slides took more time than anticipated.
  • Couple of speakers did not have appropriate presentation skills
  • Quality of some sessions (some sessions were particularly under-prepared, even though the topic itself could deserve more attention; pay attention to speaker quality)
  • The way some workshops were conducted. Some speakers just presented what the audience came up with suggestions without correcting those suggestions. There were totally wrong suggestions came from audience but speakers never corrected them. The bad thing about this is that rest of the audience accepted those suggestions as correct.
  • Some of the stage producers should not disturb the presenter while they are doing the presentation(this doesn’t mean that they cant share there ideas)
  • Expert speakers should talk in the beginning and in the end to hold the crowd.


  • Too many streams…it was very difficult to choose what to select.
  • Problem of Plenty ! It was not possible to attend all the interesting talks.
  • Too many good sessions in same slots..I could not be everywhere 🙂
  • Number of tracks – every track was interesting and it was really hard to choose one for a specific slot
  • 7 tracks was not a good thing. At least not when the 7 tracks had kind of the same audience. If a conference has a track for .NET, one for Java, one for managers and one for testers it’s a different story.
  • Reduce number of parallel tracks
  • We had 6-7 parallel sessions. This made the choice of picking up the most relevant sessions a bit difficult for attendees. We need to re-look at how many sessions we should have in future conferences
  • Too many tracks; to be precise 7 tracks running at the same time. Ideally 4 would have been a good number.
  • 2 days of conference would be plenty – but perhaps 1 day extra for workshops/certifications?
  • Experience sharing sessions were boring
  • Scheduling interesting talks in the same time(although i agree about the value proposition)
  • Session duration should not be more that 45-60mins
  • Scheduling – Not having time to get between sessions
  • Some sessions could have more content & concrete experiences related to retro, planning, review etc
  • Would love to have more keynote sessions
  • Speakers and hence the contents should go several reviews. There were few sessions that were totally cumbersome.
  • Not much take-aways. Most of us are agile practitioners,so it did not help much when a few speakers just explained stuffs on Agile. Some best approaches with real-life results/some kind of workshops should be better. Research approach was good, but yet, it was more explaining again on Agile. Everyone knows a successful agile implementation needs Self-organized teams. These things should have been reviewed before are taken up in conference agenda.
  • Too many introductory talks, we would expect a large number of people already practicing agile and lean so we could cut down on that and focus on extended research on improvement and experiences with both.
  • The open space wasn’t well utilized
  • Lightning talks should have been more prominent
  • Some of the Sessions were repetitive (Ex: Track 7 – Using Lean practice in Agile Fixed Bid Project, Implementation of Lean Concepts….. An Industrial Case Study, they was just the same)
  • Not many hands-on development workshops, more talks.
  • Back to back sessions resulted in a few presenters getting less time ( a major problem for half hour sessions)
  • Selection of papers needs improvement. Some presentations were not engaging enough.
  • Lot of repetition. May be this is good for new comers. But someone like me who has been attending AgileIndia meets, found the same story being repeated for the past 6+ years
  • Coaches Corner and Open Space were a good idea, but were a little too free form which prevented consistent benefit from the forums


  • Maybe this is trivial. Maybe the Veg food was more to balance out the expenses uniformly. But i heard someone remark on only veggie food…people perceptions.
  • Audience was too noisy sometimes in most the sessions. (Specially when it comes to a workshop), I was wondering whether they understood the difference between a ‘discussion’ and ‘just talking’. This made me bit difficult to get the maximum of some workshops.
  • Maybe trim down the numbers to 600, so that sessions are not so crowded
  • Some folks from sponsor stall where quite reluctant to talk to people who might not look like their potential customers.
  • Movement of attendees from one room to another (shopping around syndrome!) – Were the speakers not doing good? or were the participants restless? Don’t know.
  • Some rooms are fully packed and found it difficult to follow what was happening


  • Every other room than Coronet was almost always overflowing (can we view this as tremendous success for the conference??)
  • Some sessions we had to stand and couldn’t participate as much as we would like to have.
  • A small thing was the bad internet connection on the Wi-Fi. But as you said, it was arranged in the last minute. Perhaps it should have been a focus area early on.
  • Venue had multiple floors that just made things confusing
  • Bigger conference rooms
  • There were no chairs sometime and had to stand throughout the session. Seating arrangement could have been more dynamic seeing attendees.
  • It would be good to keep the conference on weekdays, leaving weekends for family time
  • The tea coupons were not even asked for. Probably, we can save printing those
  • 3 days was bit long…..
  • First day registration (tag at one place, kit bag in another place far away…) could be improved
  • Room sizes (one of the room I was speaking ‘Utsav’ was very small. People were standing for most past)
  • Some rooms ware small to accommodate the people due to the popularity of the topic (e.g. Utsav room)
  • Share presentations from the talks sooner after the talk completes
  • Conference Material in the form of url/cd will be good to have
  • Not enough breakout sessions in between the presentations to interact with other speakers or attendees
  • 5-10 mins break between sessions would help the transition.
  • Distribution of tasks for organizing – some people were overloaded with most of the efforts
  • Book stall did not have too many books on Agile. Moreover it was not there on Day 2 and Day 3
  • No time between the sessions (it can be 5 mins at-least, had to literally run)
  • I was looking for notepad, could have given with the bag
  • There was no proper common meeting space between the talks. One room was far away from the rest of the rooms forcing people to choose between the two places
  • Registration process was not at efficient, why should I register, then collect conference bag somewhere else? Then I also had to get schedule separately. It should all be in one place. First impressions last 🙂
  • I had no idea where or who the stage producers or organizers, lack of visibility
  • Found that many a sessions had a lot of people (beyond the capacity of the room), I know its quite difficult to control that, but something that we can try to improve upon.
  • More Parallelization during registration of participants
  • Some people had to stand, some interesting sessions were given smaller rooms.
  • The seating arrangements was different in different rooms – will have preferred the table with 10 seats layout across all rooms to foster better interactivity between the attendees
  • Lack of immediate feedback forms for the attendees to assess whether they got value from the session they attended
  • The signage at the conference needs to be improved and in place prior to attendees arriving.
  • I want black, strong, coffee and tea without milk.
  • Internet connectivity. Wi-Fi worked well Friday PM, Saturday AM, and again Sunday PM, but I couldn’t use it most of the remaining time.

Based on this feedback, we’ve made the following improvements to Agile India 2013.

Agile India 2012 Opening Talk

Monday, March 5th, 2012



Agile India 2012 Photos – Official

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Registered Participant’s Profile: Agile India 2012 Conference

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Professionals with 160 unique Roles from 144 different Companies worldwide have registered so far.

Following is the profile of the registered participants:

3i Infotech Freelance NSN
Accept Software Corporation Gama-Tech NXP Semiconductors
Aconex GE Energy Ostrya Labs
ACS (Xerox GTOD) GE Healthcare People10
ADP Goldman Sachs, Inc. Persistent Systems Ltd
Aegisoft Growth Matrix Philips
Agical HCL Technologies PracticeAgile
Agile Alliance HP Pragati Software
Agile Coaching DK Huawei Technologies Project Place
Agile Developer, Inc. i-flex solutions Prologic
AgileFAQs IBM PTC Software
Agilni Associate IBM Rational Red Hat
Alcatel Lucent Technologies iDIA Computing, LLC Robert Bosch
Allscripts Impetus Infotech Rotary International
Aponi Indecomm Global Services S.i. IT Consultancy Services
BEA Independent Sabre Travel Technologies
BMC Software Infosys SAP Labs
BNP Paribas Solutions InMobi Sapient
BSkyB Investopresto Sasken Communications Tech
C42 Engineering Invision Inc. SCRUMguides
CA Technologies Invoscape Technologies Self
Catalign Innovation Consulting iPass Inc Siemens Communication Software
Cerner Corporation iSense Silver Stripe Software
Citrix Online John Deere Societe Generale
Cognizant Technology Solutions Jyske Bank SolutionsIQ
Collabera Solutions L&T InfoTech SpiderLogic
Conscires Agile Practices Lean A-to-Z Stixis Technologies
Corporation Services Company Legislative Assembly of Ontario Symantec Corporation
CoStrategix Technologies Matrix Energy Solutions Symphony Services
CSC Mazata Ltd Synerzip
Deinersoft, Inc. McKinsey & Co Tata Consultancy Services
Dell International Services Microsoft Corporation Tata Elxsi
Digiata Miles Team Manager
Directeur général des
élections du Québec
MindTree Techmahindra
eBay Misys Software Tesco
EDS Monsanto IT The University of Auckland
EMC Corporation MP Consulting Thomson Reuters
Emerson Process Management Mphasis ThoughtWorks Technologies
ePlan Services Multunus Software Unisys Global services
Evoke Technologies Mutual Mobile Valtech
Exelplus Services Navteq Value Source
Exilesoft NDS Verisign Services
Factor10 NIIT Technologies Vistaar Technologies
Fareportal Nokia Wipro Technologies
Fiberlink Software Nokia Siemens Networks Xebia IT Architects
FICO Nomura Yahoo! Inc.
Fidelity Investments Northern Star Consulting YAssume
Ford Technology Services Novell ZS Associates


Agile Coach / Trainer Head of Project Management Senior Application Architect
Agile Coach & Principal Process Consultant Head of R&D Senior Consultant
Agile COE lead Head of Technology Senior Consultant – Devops
Agile Consultant Head, PMO Senior Consultant Developer
Agile Evangelist India Country Manager Senior Director, Software Engineering
Agile Practitioner IT Analyst Senior Engineer
Agile Program Director IT Senior Project Manager Senior Engineering Manager
Agile Program Office Knowledge Architect Senior Lead
Agilist Lead Senior Manager
Application Developer Lead -Testing and Lean Senior Manager – Consultancy
Architect Lead Architect Senior Manager – Projects
Area Product Owner Lead Consultant Senior Product Owner
Associate Lead Engineer Senior Program Manager
Associate Consultant Lead Program Integrator Senior Project Leader
Associate Project Manager Lead System Designer Senior Project Manager
AVP Lead-QA Senior QA Consultant
Business Analyst Lecturer of Software Engineering Senior Quality Engineer
Business Development Coordinator Liaison Officer Senior Quality Manager
Business Development Executive Manager Senior Research Associate
Business Development Manager Manager Development Senior Researcher
Business Solutions Manager Engineering Senior Software Architect
CEO Managing Director Senior Software Developer
CEO and MD NDS Services Pay TV Technology Pvt. Ltd Senior Software Engineer
Chair Operations Leader Senior Systems Analyst
Chief Architect Operations Manager Senior Systems Specialist
Chief Methodologist for IT Owner Senior Team Lead
Chief project manager PMO (HR) – Deputy Manager Senior Technical Architect
Chief Project Officer President Senior Technical Leader
Chief Technologist Principal Senior Technical Manager
Consultant Principal Agile Coach Senior Technical Specialist
Consultant / BA Principal Architect Senior Vice President
Consultant and coach Principal Consultant Software Architect
COO Principal Engineer Software Developer
Corporate Communications Executive Principal Engineer, Product Management software engineer
CTO Principal Program Manager Software Engineering Lead – Applications
Delivery Manager Principal Research Scientist Solutions Architect
Delivery Manager
Development Process & Tools
Principal Software Engineer Staff QA Engineer
Developer Process Manager Systems Analyst
Development Manager Product Manager Systems Engineer
Director Product Owner Team Leader
Director – R&D Program Director Team Manager
Director Development Program Integrator Tech Fellow, Product Management
Director Of Engineering Program Manager Tech lead Quality engineering
Director, Program Management Project Leader Tech Manager
Engagement Leader Project Manager Technical Project manager
Engineer Project Manager – Operations Technical Analyst
Engineer – Research & Development Project Manager / Scrum Master Technical Lead
Engineering Manager QA Engineer I Technical Project Leader
Enterprise Architect Quality Manager Technical Project Manager
Expert Business Analyst Quality Officer Technology Analyst
Founder R& D Software Engineer Technology Consultant
Founder / Agile Project Manager R&D Lead Program Manager Technology Manager
General Manager R&D Senior Software Engineer Technology Specialist
Group Leader, Product Management R&D Senior Test Engineer Test Lead
Group Manager – Consulting R&D Test Engineer Vice President
Group Quality Manager Scrum Coach Vice President – Global Agile Strategies
Head – Microsoft & Agile
Transformation Services
Scrum Master Vice President – Human Resources
Head of Development Center Scrum of Scrums Master Vice President – Value Engineering
Head of Engineering Senior Analyst VP Production Control

[Agile India 2012] Largest first-of-its-kind Conference in Asia :: Feb 17-19 :: Bengaluru

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Learn… Network… Explore…

@ Asia’s Premier Agile and Lean Conference

A refreshing yet intense 3-day conference where you can:

  • Learn from over 135 expert practitioners and 120 hand-picked sessions.
  • Network & share your knowledge and experience with over 700 eager international delegates from literally every software company practicing or exploring Agile & Lean.
  • Explore diverse and interesting solutions and contribute to the future of Agile software development.

AGILE INDIA 2012 (http://agile2012.in/)
17, 18 & 19 February 2012
Le Meridien, Bengaluru.

REGISTER:  http://agile2012.in/registration (register before 12 Jan & save Rs. 1000)



Over 120 hand picked sessions by expert practitioners on Agile, Lean and Lean-Startup covering:

  • Agile Development Practices
  • Enterprise Agile
  • Leadership and Organizational Transformation
  • Agile & Outsourcing
  • DevOps
  • Culture, People & Teams
  • Lean Principles & Practices
  • Agile Product Management
  • Coaching & Mentoring and
  • Lean Startups.

Catch up on the latest Research on Agile and Lean practices presented by top international researchers.

Also get a unique opportunity to interact with our 10 specially invited Thought Leaders from our Industry.

Check out the full conference program.
Don’t forget to see the detailed stats about the program.


  • Interact with 135 expert practitioners & speakers from 18 Countries.
  • Meet all the thought leaders, who put together this wonderful 3-day program (over the last 6 months).
  • Exchange ideas with 700 international delegates from literally every successful software company practicing Agile & Lean.

See profile of registered participants.


Come explore the diverse, interesting solutions Agile & Lean practitioners have discovered to make software development enjoyable. Discover a gamut of problems and solutions practitioners are tackling with their agile adoption.

In the last 10 years, Agile & Lean has fundamentally changed the way successful software companies built software solutions. We’ve solved many core problems, but there are more, interesting problems that need to be solved. Share your thoughts and explore the future of software development.

Participate in an exclusive Open Space, which is part of the Research Cafe.


Showcase your brand to Asia’s largest Agile and Lean software development conferences delegates. Sponsorship details: http://agile2012.in/sponsors/

Come, be part of the new generation of Agile & Lean Thought Leaders.


Blog: http://blog.agile2012.in/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/agileindia
Twitter: #AgileIndai2012

Agile India 2012 Conference Program

Friday, December 16th, 2011

I’m extremely happy to announce the Agile India 2012 Conference Program.

We’ll be hosting total of 12 Stages, 120 Sessions, 125 Speakers from 18 Countries. Detailed stats below:

Agile India 2012 Conference Stages

With a wide variety of session types:

Agile India 2012 Session Types

63% of session targeted at practitioners:

Agile India 2012 Conference Session Levels

Large number of 60 and 90 mins sessions:

Agile India 2012 Conference Session Duration

We’ve 120 speakers selected through the submissions system and 5+ invited speakers:

Agile India 2012 Conference Speaker Country

We had an extremely good team of 111 program committee members from 21 Countries who reviewed all the submission and selected the conference program:

Agile India 2012 Conference Program Committee

Agile India Program Committee

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Did you know how truly diverse the Agile India 2012 conference program committee is?

Agile India 2012 Program Committee

That’s right! We have over 100 members from 21 countries.

Agile India 2012 is Live!

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Folks, Agile India 2012 conference is live! What does that mean?

Early-bird registration has started in full swing.

Sponsorship detail are published for interested companies.

We are reviewing all the awesome proposals submitted by experts from around the world. We should have the program live by end of Nov.

Continuous Deployment Demystified – Agile India 2012 Proposal

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

“Release Early, Release Often” is a proven mantra, but what happens when you push this practice to it’s limits? .i.e. deploying latest code changes to the production servers every time a developer checks-in code?

At Industrial Logic, developers are deploying code dozens of times a day, rapidly responding to their customers and reducing their “code inventory”.

This talk will demonstrate our approach, deployment architecture, tools and culture needed for CD and how at Industrial Logic, we gradually got there.


This will be a 60 mins interactive talk with a demo. Also has a small group activity as an icebreaker.

Key takeaway: When we started about 2 years ago, it felt like it was a huge step to achieve CD. Almost a all or nothing. Over the next 6 months we were able to break down the problem and achieve CD in baby steps. I think that approach we took to CD is a key take away from this session.

Talk Outline

  1. Context Setting: Need for Continuous Integration (3 mins)
  2. Next steps to CI (2 mins)
  3. Intro to Continuous Deployment (5 mins)
  4. Demo of CD at Freeset (for Content Delivery on Web) (10 mins) – a quick, live walk thru of how the deployment and servers are set up
  5. Benefits of CD (5 mins)
  6. Demo of CD for Industrial Logic’s eLearning (15 mins) – a detailed walk thru of our evolution and live demo of the steps that take place during our CD process
  7. Zero Downtime deployment (10 mins)
  8. CD’s Impact on Team Culture (5 mins)
  9. Q&A (5 mins)

Target Audience

  • CTO
  • Architect
  • Tech Lead
  • Developers
  • Operations


Industrial Logic’s eLearning context? number of changes, developers, customers , etc…?

Industrial Logic’s eLearning has rich multi-media interactive content delivered over the web. Our eLearning modules (called Albums) has pictures & text, videos, quizes, programming exercises (labs) in 5 different programming languages, packing system to validate & produce the labs, plugins for different IDEs on different platforms to record programming sessions, analysis engine to score student’s lab work in different languages, commenting system, reporting system to generate different kind of student reports, etc.

We have 2 kinds of changes, eLearning platform changes (requires updating code or configuration) or content changes (either code or any other multi-media changes.) This is managed by 5 distributed contributors.

On an average we’ve seen about 12 check-ins per day.

Our customers are developers, managers and L&D teams from companies like Google, GE Energy, HP, EMC, Philips, and many other fortune 100 companies. Our customers have very high expectations from our side. We have to demonstrate what we preach.

Learning outcomes

  • General Architectural considerations for CD
  • Tools and Cultural change required to embrace CD
  • How to achieve Zero-downtime deploys (including databases)
  • How to slice work (stories) such that something is deployable and usable very early on
  • How to build different visibility levels such that new/experimental features are only visible to subset of users
  • What Delivery tests do
  • You should walk away with some good ideas of how your company can practice CD

Slides from Previous Talks

Agile India 2012 Conference – Call for Stage Proposals

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Update: Stage Proposals are closed.

Sessions proposals are open now; visit: http://submit2012india.agilealliance.org/proposals

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