Timeline for Action

When planning an event, it is very important to note when action needs to take place on certain tasks in order to complete milestones in a timely manner.  ACM has created a “Timeline for Action” as a reference guide for conference leaders.  Using this timeline as a guide throughout the planning process will help organizers have a smooth planning experience, and avoid a last minute rush for contracts, payments, orders, and registration. 

18 Months Pre-Conference
  • Appoint committee members
  • Submit PAF (Preliminary Approval Form)
14 Months Pre-Conference
  • Work with ACM site selection coordinator on venue/hotel contracting
  • Submittal/Approval of TMRF (Technical Meeting Request Form)
  • Create website
12 Months Pre-Conference
  • Finalize venue/hotel contract
  • Schedule tutorials and exhibits
10 Months Pre-Conference
  • Distribute Call for Papers
9 Months Pre-Conference
  • Solicit for corporate support    
  • Request access to view conference bank account from Conference Operations Liaison 
6 Months Pre-Conference
  • Accept papers/notify authors
  • Submit preliminary session/function schedule to hotel
5 Months Pre-Conference
  • Prepare advanced program
4 Months Pre-Conference
  • Open registration
  • Authors complete e-right forms and provide papers
3 Months Pre-Conference
  • Food & beverage, av needs determined and submitted to hotel
  • Select social events and secure contracts
  • Submit program ad to ACM publications (CACM, MemberNet, etc)
2 Months Pre-Conference
  • Prepare proceedings
  • Prepare plaques and certificates
  • Finalize food & beverage, audio visual
1 Month Pre-Conference
  • Finalize program
  • Deadline for submitting files for Digital Library availability on first day of event
1 Week Pre-Conference
  • Prepare badges
  • Pre-conference meeting to finalize food & beverage, audio visual/submit final guarantee numbers to hotels and functions
  • Final program and proceedings ready
1 Month Post-Conference 
  • Submit remaining bills/reimbursements to ACM for payment
  • Finalize outstanding corporate support payments
  • Students submit for travel grant payments
2 Months Post-Conference
  • Start working with Conference Closing Coordinator to review and finalize financials
No Later Than 120 Days Post-Conference
  • Prepare final financial report with ACM closing coordinator

The DevOps Phenomenon

ACM Queue’s “Research for Practice” consistently serves up expert-curated guides to the best of computing research, and relates these breakthroughs to the challenges that software engineers face every day. This installment of RfP is by Anna Wiedemann, Nicole Forsgren, Manuel Wiesche, Heiko Gewald, and Helmut Krcmar. Titled “The DevOps Phenomenon,” this RfP gives an overview of stories from across the industry about software organizations overcoming the early hurdles of adopting DevOps practices, and coming out on the other side with tighter integration between their software and operations teams, faster delivery times for new software features, and achieving a higher level of stability.

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