Challenge Submission Deadline








If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to partner with APLN, please fill out the Challenge submission form and we’ll contact you!

As a Business Leader you face new challenges every day.  You want to find solutions that will work without taking your organization down the wrong path.  How can you identify proven solutions and apply them to your specific needs?  Agile practices are designed around the concept of using many short experiments and feedback loops to guide organizations toward the best solutions.  The Agile Professional Learning Network can help you navigate the maze.  Click the link below to find out how becoming a Client Partner for our June 2021 learning event can help.

Countdown to APLN Research Laboratory 2021








The current list of potential research topics is listed below.  These should give you a good idea of the kind of challenges we’re looking for.  Please review the list, and keep the following questions in mind:

1. Does that research topic mirror a very similar topic within my own organization?  If so, would you like to be take part as a parallel research partner?  We can run the same Research Topic in more than one environment, with each Client Partner organization getting their own Research Team.  That means your situation and the specific suggestion your team recommends will be unique to you, and private to your team.  Your results will form a second set of data to help build out the research whitepaper on that topic.

2. My organization doesn’t have that problem, but this has inspired me to think of a problem that we do have that isn’t already represented here.  You can submit your topic for consideration. 

Research Topic #1

As a large organization with complex product architectures that reflect our matrixed corporate structure,

We want to shorten the lengthy lead times (which we believe are a result of our complex communication pathways),

So that business and technology teams are optimized for fast flow and can deliver product more efficiently.

Hypothesis 1 - per a reverse application of Conway’s Law, a simplified product development structure will drive a simpler architecture and would result in reduced lead times.

Research Topic #2

As a mission driven and community focused organization continually seeking ever better  outcomes for our constituent population, 

We need to craft and communicate a compelling story that resonates and inspires action from a donor community aligned with our mission,

So that we can garner sufficient financial support to allow us to attract, recruit and retain the highly skilled staff needed to deliver optimal outcomes.

Research Topic #3

As an agency serving multiple communities through regional teams with slightly different programs aligned to a common mission,

We need to create an organizational culture that improves communication and collaboration across multiple work locations and the program portfolio,

So that there is transparency and awareness of all that is going on in the organization as well as provide the opportunity to share existing services across locations.

Research Topic #4

As a social services organization working with highly traumatized youth placed in our care,

We need to manage the inherent risks that accompany these youth by balancing our mission of working with them while managing the agency's reputation,

So that we can avoid or mitigate the associated risks and maintain our status as a beacon in the communities we serve.

Research Topic #5

As an organization providing programs and services that are generally grant-funded,

We need to stabilize the funding of programs we provide independent of the cycle of a grant,

So that we can avoid the risk having to lay off staff and terminate critical services to children and families when grant cycles expire.

Research Topic #6

As an organization with a shrinking pool of employment candidates, in an industry that faces an incredible workforce crisis due to the complexities associated with the mission,

We need to improve recruitment, interviewing, onboarding and retention strategies,

So that we can remain operational and continue delivering positive outcomes.

The Call for Challenges Has Begun!

Do you have a vexing problem and are uncertain about how to address it? Have you heard about agile methods and are curious if they can help you find an answer to your challenge?

Submit your challenge for consideration to become a Client Partner and have a research team assigned to help you find answers!

(All information submitted is confidential and will not be shared without your express permission to do so)

Challenge Submission Deadline: May 14, 2021

Please fill out the challenge submission form to enter your organizational challenge into consideration for the APLN-Research Laboratory 2021 event.

By filling out this form, you are requesting a member of the APLN-RL2021 selection committee to contact you regarding the challenge outlined below. Your submission will be evaluated against a set of acceptance criteria and if selected will be assigned a research team during the conference in June.

We are looking for a wide variety of challenges across a number of organizations with the intent of providing a choice for potential research team members.

The information provided below will be treated as confidential and no portion of it will be made public without your express permission. This information will only be used by the selection committee in evaluation of the challenge as appropriate for inclusion in the conference.

Should your challenge be accepted, we will work with you to ensure that content provided to the outside world is scrubbed of any identifying information, and is not in danger of revealing any trade secrets. Your approval will be required for all shared material.