LKNA17 Call for Speakers

Lean Kanban North America is seeking proposals for sessions and workshops to build the best program yet.  Some speakers will also be invited.
Click here to submit a proposal for a talk now.

There are very few speaking slots available. Even if your presentation is strong, we can only select a few submissions.

Proposals are also considered for other conferences in the Lean Kanban conference franchise, so you may be approached to deliver your talk or workshop at another Lean Kanban event even if it is not accepted for LKNA16.


About LKNA17

Lean Kanban North America is for managers, team leads, consultants and executives who want to more reliably deliver the products and services their customers demand.

We share experience reports and techniques on how to achieve improved business agility through faster, more predictable and more flexible service delivery.

The conference looks for significant contributions to practical application of Lean Kanban to improve service delivery. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform to the practitioners to meet and share experiences and cutting-edge development in the field.



Note: Most sessions and workshops at this conference are by invitation. Therefore, we have very few slots available for CfP submissions. When the program is full, CfP submissions will only be accepted as back-up options in case a scheduled talk must be dropped.

 Note: The review and feedback process starts as soon as you submit your proposal. Your chances for acceptance is greatly improved by submitting early as you’ll receive more feedback and support to finesse your proposal.


What are we looking for in a proposal?

Sessions should be about Lean Kanban or connected to it. We look both for insight and pragmatic application. Attendee want to learn about the context, starting point, the goals, the approach taken to achieve the goals, how well they were met, surprises and key takeaways with time in the session for questions and answers. We suggest that session proposers allow 10 to 15 minutes for questions and answers.

We are looking for sessions ranging across three broad experience levels:

  1. Kanban Foundations
  2. Intermediate: Effective Practices
  3. Advanced: Developing Organizational Capability

Please indicate which of these best describes your session.

Talks on broad Agile topics (retrospectives, SAFe, etc) or project management topics will not be accepted unless they are relevant to combining techniques with Kanban. Sessions and workshops must be relevant for an audience of people actively practicing Kanban. We also will generally not accept talks on ideas or theoretical experiments. We look for content that has actually been applied in the field.


Who should submit a proposal?

Anyone with practical application of Lean Kanban is a candidate for a great topic at this conference. We try to assemble the most diverse conference we can, and we do that with your help.

The Kanban community is stronger than ever and we’re still reaching new areas, new industries, and new users. Be a part of growing Kanban by helping us change the future and share your experience.

You don’t need to be a well traveled professional speaker to get on stage at Lean Kanban North America.  We welcome first timers and will work with you to make you feel at home. We also engage our experienced speakers to work with less experienced speakers to share their wisdom and help put together the best delivery possible.


What kind of sessions can I give?


These are the traditional presentations given during the conference. They’re mostly 50 minutes long, but we can consider a 90 minute session.  If you think you have a topic but aren’t sure how to propose it, contact our program committee and we’ll work with you. We’d love to help you come up with a great proposal.

Please check out which talks made it in the last year.  2016 Program.


As with the talks, we are looking for workshops (each 3-4 hours, for up to 40 people) that can appeal to this community at any level. We aim for workshops that will advance knowledge of Kanban, advance this community, and shape the future.  This year we have a very limited number of workshops available.  You may apply to deliver both a talk and a workshop, but they should not repeat the same topic.  Very practical how-to workshop topics are preferred.

As workshops are in an interactive classroom-like setting, they require much more preparation and space is limited.

Lightning Talks:

Lightning Talks are a good way to share in a short informative and fun way. These sessions are 5 minutes each.  Paid attendees are eligible to deliver Lightning Talks but they still have to submit the topics.

Open Spaces:

Whether you’re an expert wanting to solicit feedback on something or coming with a specific learning need, open spaces are your opportunity to propose and run a session on the day.  You do not need to submit an Open Space topic in advance.

Games and Simulations:

If you want to facilitate a game or simulation, breakout rooms will be available on Monday and Tuesday all day and evening.  You can reserve a time slot in one of the available rooms for your activity.


Speaker Benefits

Speakers delivering sessions and workshops will receive free registration to LKNA17 Monday and Tuesday sessions, and some hotel and airfare benefits (varies). Speakers are not given free Wednesday workshop day passes unless space allows. Lightning Talk speakers do not get speaker compensation benefits but they do get a video of their talk.  Open Space speakers and game facilitators do not get speaker benefits.

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