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Feedback on PIPELINE 2014 and announcing PIPELINE 2015

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Summary: PIPELINE Conference 2014 was a great event (thanks to the participants), and we expect that PIPELINE 2015 will be even better!

PIPELINE Conference was held on Tuesday 8th April 2014 at Mary Ward House in London, and brought together over 150 people to listen, talk, and discuss ideas and experience of Continuous Delivery. PIPELINE 2014 was the first conference in Europe dedicated to Continuous Delivery, and we are grateful to everyone who helped to make the event a success: attendees, speakers, staff, and sponsors.

Slides from our speakers are online, along with photos and videos, and the Twitter action is at #pipelineconf. This showreel video gives a flavour of the day:

More detailed feedback on the PIPELINE 2014 event is below, but first…

PIPELINE Conference 2015

We have been persuaded by many different people that we should run another PIPELINE Conference next year. So here is an early notice that PIPELINE 2015 will happen in early 2015 (probably late March), in London. Look out for further details in September/October 2014 on the website (http://pipelineconf.info/) and on Twitter (@PipelineConf). We will be looking for speakers, sponsors, and enthusiastic attendees, and the event will likely be slightly larger, with around 160 tickets instead of the 110 we had for 2014.

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Blog Round-up

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Many of you have written blog posts about your experiences during the PIPELINE Conference.  These are the ones we’ve collected so far.

If you wish to have your post added to the list tweet a link to @PipelineConf.

Photos are online

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Photos from the day are available in our PIPELINE Flickr Group.

If you have any photos of your own from the day that you’d like to share then please join the group and add them.

Photos were taken by the wonderful Fabienne Jung.

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Speaker slides are now online

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The slides used by our speakers at PIPELINE 2014 are now online: download the slides from our Speakers page.

See you at PIPELINE Conference!

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It’s nearly time – PIPELINE is on Tuesday 8th April!

We’ve got the lanyards, the t-shirts, the Sponsors and the Speakers, all we need is you – the attendee.

On Twitter we’ve been asking you to suggest your Open Space topics and tagging them with #pipelineconf, there’s still time to join in and add your own suggestion.  If you’ve never been to an Open Space event before you can read an overview of how they work here.

We’ll be running talks in parallel with Open Spaces, so take a look at the schedule to help plan your day.

Registration starts at 9am, with coffee and pastries available, and we kick off the Welcome talk at 9:30 am.

We look forward to seeing you at Mary Ward House!

 

Where are the female speakers? Here’s what we tried.

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From the beginning of organising PIPELINE we’ve been dedicated to ensuring the diversity of the event, and so we have taken steps from the GeekFeminism Wiki and Ashe Dryden’s excellent posts to remove as much unconscious bias from the selection process as is possible. As such we reviewed the proposals as ‘blind’, i.e. with any identifying characteristics removed, either of the speaker or any companies mentioned. We felt that this would remove any potential for favouritism and each session would be judged on the strength of their proposals.

We also heavily promoted the conference to multiple women focused technical groups, including BCSWomen, Women Who Code, DevChix and were retweeted multiple times by the excellent CallBackWomen twitter account which aims to increase diversity of conferences by ensuring Codes of Conducts and promoting CFPs to women speakers. Despite these efforts we only received a single proposal from a female speaker.

There are five members of the organising committee who took part in the selection process, two female and three male. One of the males, Anthony, acted as a filter and conduit for the proposals. He would receive the proposal, anonymise it and make it available for the rest of the committee to review. Anthony did not take part in the review process and did not influence the choices.

The remaining four of us each gave the proposals a Yes/No/Maybe cursory judgement, along with a ranking followed by a comment. We then combined all of the rankings into a final selection order and picked the top 6.

Through the above anonymised selection process we ended up selecting an entirely male speaker line up. This was not our intention and we plan to do better next year. The speakers themselves are from multiple different countries, not just the local London developer circles and a variety of industries. As such we feel the process did ensure a degree of diversity and we are happy that the talks were chosen fairly and that the day will be very enjoyable.

We would welcome any feedback on the process we took and any suggestions that may help us to reach out and increase the number of women and other minority speakers in the pool of proposals for next year.

Also note, that alongside the talks we will be running Open Spaces which are open to all attendees, and we encourage everyone to take part.

We also run the monthly London Continuous Delivery Meetup group, so if a first time or beginning speaker would like to try out a talk we can give them a smaller, friendly audience to try it out and get feedback. It does not need to be a long talk, maybe a 10 minute grok talk. We’d very much like to support everyone, especially women and other minorities, to start speaking and sharing their knowledge.

Posted by Chris O’Dell