No doubt it was a big challenge to organize a national level Agile Conference Pakistan ACP2015 in only 3 months.
Yes that is right that we started preparation of conference from 2nd week of August and set a date of conference 14th November. At that time, we were no idea that which sort of speakers or topics we can focus for the conference. Rizwan Abbas initiated talk with Barkan Saeed (CEO of Vizteck Solutions) and we call first meet-up to organize the ACP2015 which was in 2nd week of August.
We roughly made a list of speakers, send invitation and mutually decided a date (a very difficult moment because few were available on a date and few were not) but anyway, after deciding a date we set our next goal with speakers and organizers.
After all these things, now our focus was on two things majorly and those are audience and stationary.
For marketing we request to Vizteck Solution’s team to provide us the banners and they did great job and provided the banners in only 2 working days. We published and people came to know on Facebook, twitter and linked about the conference.
For printing material, we request to Jibran Bin Dawood to provide us design of File folder, cards, certificates, shields and main pana-flex.
Overall, we got good response from the invited people and got 225+ registrations in which we got 140+ participants in ACP2015.
The conference went great and started at 9.30 AM PST by the host Kashif-Ur-Rehman and Talawat recited by Baber Ali.
First speaker was Adeel Ali CEO at ClickChain and shared his success stories of Agile implementation in American Airline and other organizations.
Second speaker was Ather Imran CEO at Sybrid (A group of Lakson Companies) and shared his knowledge on Agile Culture. He gave lot of tips to make/improve Agile Culture in offices which supports to improve progress rapidly.
Third speaker was Suhail Iqbal CEO at SysComp Intl and shared his knowledge on Agile The Way Forward. Most of the session was based on LeAgile. It was new thing for most of the participants.
Fourth speaker was Majd-Uddin Sr. Quality Manager at Bentley Systems and he not only share his knowledge in English but also in Arabic, Urdu and Farsi. Presented his session actively and awaken all audience. He shared knowledge that how we can do testing in Agile environment and improve the productivity
Fifth speaker was Mohsin Lodhi IFC World Bank Certified Trainer and provide corporate level training to C-level officers. He shared his knowledge on Emotional Intelligence which support to building relations in Agile teams.
Sixth session was a panel discussion hosted by Barkan Saeed CEO at Vizteck Solutions and guests were Kashif Mueen CTO at Zigron, Owais Anjum President at Open Islamabad and Nauman Faridi VP at DPL. Discussion was on Agile Principles in Pakistan and how company/organization can build good and interactive agile teams.
It was last hour of the ACP2015 and on behalf of organizers I shared few of thoughts with all participants that everyone should contribute and take interest to be part of contribution.
I also, introduced my all organizing team and shields presented by Suhail Iqbal to all organizing team.
Also, it was last day of Chairman of society and chairmanship shifted to Suhail Iqbal for one year.
At end, Owais Anjum President at Open Islamabad invited for closing note in which he motivated to contribute positively in country’s progress.
We did few group photos and certificates were handed over to all participants.
Adeel Iqbal, Jawad Shah and Mirza Raheel did great job at help desk in morning to provide conference cards and file folders and in evening provided certificates.
We got feedback from our participants and overall they love this conference. Also, participants suggested to do more knowledge sharing sessions or conference so people can get connected with others and these sessions are helpful to all participants.
Some of participants shared their feedback that sitting capacity was little bit less and that was because of 20+ participants confirmed on last day evening so it was small mess-up.
So again, it was little bit difficult to organize a conference in 3 months which should be minimum 1 year plan but I specially thanks to all Speakers, Sponsors, Organizers and Volunteers.
- Mohsin Lodhi (IFC World Bank Certified Trainer)
- Ather Imran (CEO at Sybrid – A group of Lakson)
- Majd-Uddin (Sr. Manager Quality at Bentley Systems)
- Suhail Iqbal (CEO at Sys Comp Intl)
- Adeel Ali (CEO at Click Chain Inc)
- Owais Anjum (President at Open Islamabad)
- Nauman Faridi (Vise President at DPL-IT)
- Kashif-Ur-Rehman (Host)
- Kashif Mueen (CTO at Zigron)
- Najam Alvi (Country Manager at Zeropoint.BE)
- Barkan Saeed (CEO at Vizteck Solutions)
- Jawad Shah (Drupal Developer at Zeropoint.BE)
- Babar Ali
- Khurram Shahzad (CEO at Gold Bar Tech)
- Suhail Iqbal (CEO at Sys Comp Intl)
- Naveed Ramzan (Sr. PHP Developer at Zeropoint.BE + Trainer)
- Rizwan Abbas (Doing job in UAE)
- Dr. Imran Ghani (Chairman 2014-2015 of Pakistan Agile Development Society)
- Adeel Iqbal (Sr. PHP Developer at Zeropoint.BE + Trainer)
- Mirza Muhammad Raheel (PHP Developer at Zeropoint.BE)
- Junaid Ali (PHP Developer at Zeropoint.BE)
- Ahsan Qureshi (Student of BS(CS) in NUML)
- Rizwan Rehman (CEO at Smart Home Automation System)
- Muhammad Owais (Student of BS(CS) in Comsats)
- Jibran Bin Dawood (Multi-media Artist at Zeropoint.BE)
- PMI Islamabad Chapter
- Sys Comp Intl
- Gold Bar Tech
- Vizteck Solutions
- Hotel Grand Regency
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