Agile Conference: Call for Presentations


Leading in a VUCA World
Agile Conference 2021


January 12-14, 2021

We live in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) world. Nothing illustrates this more than the COVID-19 pandemic that defined a “new normal” with business, housing, education, transportation, and energy challenges. In the United States, news cycles continue to alternate between infection rates and racial unrest.

The pandemic provides challenges - and opportunities - as organizations in every industry learn how to adapt.

The theme of our 2021 Boston University Agile Innovation Lab Conference is Leading in a VUCA World. What did we learn in 2020? How can we apply these learnings as we move forward? We encourage scholars, practitioners, and students to share their insights. If your paper is accepted, you will present it at our virtual conference in January.

Image courtesy of Sawyer Reitz

Call for Presentations

Scholars, agile practitioners, and students may submit a 500-750 word abstract on the VUCA challenges and opportunities to leading organizational success through the COVID pandemic with Agile Project Management approaches. 


Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited, to:

  1. Agility across the Business Enterprise

  2. Agile Contracting and Risk Management

  3. Agility in large projects

  4. Crisis Leadership in the wake of COVID-19

  5. Parents as School Teachers in Remote Learning

  6. Osmotic Communication in Remote Teams

  7. Coaching Executives for embracing Agility

  8. Lean and Agile Management in Healthcare

  9. Ethical Drug Development for Vaccine Development

  10. Leading Youth with Project Management and Agility

  11. Leading the Pharma world with Agility

  12. Influence of Agile principles in Law & Order Enforcement


  1. The Conference Team panel, which consists of agile practitioners and academics, evaluates abstracts based on the following criteria:

    • Innovative thinking

    • Applicability to VUCA theme

    • Actionable proposals for leading with Agile Project Management

  2. All abstracts must have clear applicability for future research and practitioner outcomes.

  3. Doctoral candidates may submit their abstracts along with doctoral committee approval.

  4. Graduate students may submit their proposals along with faculty approval.

  5. Flexibility for the conference schedule is important. The Conference Team will consider speaker time zones during scheduling. The exact time slot is up to the discretion of the Conference Team.

  6. Submissions limited to one per author. 

  7. Submissions not supported via mobile devices.

Key Dates

  • November 23, 2020, at 9:00 pm ET Submission Deadline


  • December 11, 2020, Abstract Accept/Decline Decision The Conference Team will communicate their decision for all submissions.


  • December 21, 2020, Slide Deck Due and Speaker Bio Due​ Plan for a 30-minute presentation followed by Q&A.

  • Week of January 4, 2021:

    • Speaker Meeting Meeting for all speakers to share research ideas and promote additional topics.

    • Speaker Preparation The Conference Team works with speakers to prepare for the conference (dry-run).


  • January 12-14, 2021 Presentations Leading in a VUCA World Conference