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Hello everyone,

It’s supposed to be you who are the participants who come up with the topics of the talks and the open space sessions, it’s supposed to be you who share your experience and knowledge with others. Everyone participating shall be prepared to hold a lightning talk and shall have a topic or two to discuss in the open spaces.

We will be 16-20 people attending the meetup every time. Not everyone’s prepared lightning talk will be presented. Not everyone’s prepared topics will be discussed. But, you should be prepared to share … and care about the other people in our community.

Here's an example of how it may work out:

Alfred, Linda, Lazar, Clara and Ben arrives at the meetup at 6pm. Beforehand they all have prepared a lightning talk and some topics/questions for open space. The lightning talks are a maximum of 10 minutes and these are the group's different talk ideas for the evening:

Alfred wants to tell a story about how he works as a UX designer in an agile team. Linda has implemented a specific MVP in her team's LeanUX-process and has some key takeaways from that that she wants to share. Lazar has read about a smart method in LeanUX and wants to use the whiteboard to list a few bullet points and sketch up the process. Clara has a slide deck on her computer about team collaboration, and Ben has an idea about how to do user research every week and would like to show that idea to later get feedback on it.

First thing, they list what they can have a a talk about on sticky notes, putting them up on a wall for everyone to see. They vote on these, and it looks as if Linda's, Clara's and Ben's proposals are the most popular ones, getting more than one vote from the group. So, they decide on having three lightning talk sessions which would then take 30 minutes, and Linda, Clara and Ben presents to the group.

Then they list what topics/questions they want to discuss for open space later, putting those sticky notes up as well. For instance, Ben puts up a request for feedback on his talk, and Alfred wants to dig deeper into Linda's talk about the MVP.

Then the open space sessions kick off. The group talks about a topic for a decided length of time, let's say 15 minutes. When the 15 minutes are up, they vote if they want to continue talking about that particular topic, or if they want to go to the next topic. And this iterates until it is 8pm or they run out of topics (which rarely happens).

I hope this little story made it clearer.

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