Early Bird Submission: What’s the big rush?

We understand that its hard to get all the details in your proposal right in the first pass.

Hence we strongly encourage you to submit your proposals as early as possible. By doing so, you can take advantage of the feedback you get from the community and the reviewers. Having more time to tweak your proposal based on the feedback is a sure shot strategy to get your proposal accepted.

Unfortunately a lot of submitters submit their proposal close to the deadline. They not only miss out on the feedback, but also towards the end, the reviewers are under high pressure. They tend to be ruthless in their selection.

“Release Early Release Often” principles works very well in this context also.

Be careful not to submit proposals which are not ready for feedback yet!

Make sure you have a MVP (Minium Viable Proposal) or MMP (Minium Marketable Proposal) before you submit them. If you’ve not thought through your session and submit a proposal which lacks the crux of the session, reviewers will write off the proposal. Reviewers won’t keep polling your proposal for updates. So once they write it off, it lost.

Take advantage of the Early Bird Submission: Get Accepted Early

This year, we have decided, that after the early bird submission deadline, we’ll select and confirm some proposals. They don’t have to wait till the end to get the acceptance notification. Following is the rationale behind it:
  • Over the years, we’ve seen that bulk of the submissions come at the every end, close to the deadline. Which chokes the whole review process and also submitters loose out on feedback. Good sessions get dropped out, because something was not clear in the proposal and reviewers have an attitude that “its not my problem” 
  • We like it or not, at some level, we are all deadline driven. If we give an additional deadlines, submitters might hit one of them. 
  • If we get a really good proposal early on, we can actually confirm with the submitter, that their session is in. We don’t have to wait till the end. This means they can start planning their trip. Even if later there are better proposals, they get the first mover advantage. Hopefully changing the late submission attitude a bit. 
  • Once we pick a session, we don’t need to revisit them. Reducing the number of submissions we need to consider in the end. Helping us spread out the work. 
  • If we select and confirm certain sessions early on, it would give other submitters an opportunity to see what quality and type of session are accepted. This would help us to avoid similar sessions, because people will think “this topic is already selected, let me propose another topic”. It would help them fine-tune their submission, hopefully reducing some iterations and encouraging more submissions. 
  • With an early bird submission, we get an additional opportunity to reach out to people and keep the buzz about the conference on. 
Hurry up, the early bird submission closes on 26th September.
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About Naresh Jain

Naresh Jain is an internationally recognized Technology & Product Development Expert. Over the last decade, he has helped streamline the product development practices at many Fortune 500 companies like Google, Amazon, HP, Siemens Medical, GE Energy, Schlumberger, EMC, CA Technologies, to name a few clients. These days, he is more focused on engineering excellence and product innovation. In a nutshell, hire him as a consultant/mentor, if your entire organization wants to move beyond the Agile and Lean mindset. Naresh is leading two tech-startups, which build tablet-based adaptive educational apps for kids, conference management software and social-media search tool. His startups are trying to figure out the secret sauce for blending gamification and social learning using the latest gadgets. Naresh founded the Agile Software community of India, a registered non-profit society to evangelize Agile, Lean and other Light-weight Software Development methods in India. Naresh is responsible for conceptualizing, creating and organizing 50+ Software conferences worldwide.